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Both children answered, ‘‘I hope so,’’ but they weren’t looking at Mrs. Budwing. They were looking out the window. Two boys were running through the park. They were Danny and Walter Budwing, and Danny had a long, thin box under his arm. C H R I S VA N A L L S B U RG is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and Th e Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Van Allsburg has written numerous picture books for children and was awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature.
Wake up, dears,’’ Mother’s voice called. Judy opened her eyes. Mother and Father had returned and their guests were arriving. Judy gave Peter a nudge to wake him. Yawning and stretching, they got to their feet. ’’ ‘‘Oh yes,’’ said Peter. ‘‘We had a flood, a stampede, a volcano, I got sleeping sickness, and—’’ Peter was interrupted by the adults’ laughter. ‘‘Well,’’ said Mother, ‘‘I think you both got sleeping sickness. Why don’t you go upstairs and put your pajamas on? ’’ When Peter and Judy came back downstairs they found that Father had moved the puzzle into the den.
Why don’t you go upstairs and put your pajamas on? ’’ When Peter and Judy came back downstairs they found that Father had moved the puzzle into the den. While the children were working on it, one of the guests, Mrs. Budwing, brought them a tray of food. ‘‘Such a hard puzzle,’’ she said to the children. ’’ Daniel and Walter were Mrs. Budwing’s sons. ‘‘They never read instructions either. Oh well,’’ said Mrs. ’’ Both children answered, ‘‘I hope so,’’ but they weren’t looking at Mrs. Budwing. They were looking out the window.