ALLen Reads 2014

Main Selection

allen-reads-2014-big-fishBig Fish
by Daniel Wallace

Big Fish is a series of “tall tales” woven by a father to share his life with his son — a son who just wants to hear what’s really real and get to know his father, not listen to another story. As the father is dying, we get to see how this relationship grows and how the son comes to appreciate his father in the end. It was made into a wonderful movie, starring Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange and Albert Finney.

After being re-written as a musical, it opens this month on Broadway — we’re hoping it’s a great success! Daniel Wallace is scheduled to visit Allen in March. Themes include parent/child relationships, life/journey, stories families tell, and tall tales.


Companion Book 1

allen-reads-2014-harris-burdickThe Chronicles of Harris Burdock
by Chris Van Allsburg
(recommended for grades 4-8)

Author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg says he “found” these pictures and their accompanying titles and cryptic summaries created by the mysterious Harris Burdick left in a closet – and even in interviews has not recanted. But the art bears a striking resemblance to his own… What’s unique is that he recruited other authors to write to this art, so we get to thrill to stories by Stephen King, Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Allsburg himself, and eleven other talented writers.


Companion Book 2

allen-reads-2014-felicianaFeliciana Feydra LeRoux
Written by Tynia Thomassie; Illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith
(recommended for preschool – grade 3)

For our preschool – 3rd graders, we have a Cajun tall tale: Feliciana Feydra LeRoux. Everyone will enjoy the humor and be excited to share the adventures of this little girl – and enjoy learning a few Cajun words and phrases along the way. Tynia Thomassie will be speaking at the Allen library in January!