The Wretched Stone

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The Wretched Stone
The Wretched Stone (Chris Van Allsburg book) cover art.jpg
Author Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
Country United States
Genre Children's, Fantasy novel
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 32
ISBN 0-395-53307-4
OCLC 23356228
Preceded by Just a Dream
Followed by The Widow's Broom

The Wretched Stone is a children's picture book written and illustrated by the American author Chris Van Allsburg.

Plot Summary[edit]

Told from the perspective of Captain Randall Ethan Hope, the crew of the Rita Anne finds a strange, glowing, cubic stone on an exotic island. After taking the strange object aboard their ship, the crew becomes obsessed with the stone, abandoning many of their former interests and leaving the captain wondering how to shake the crew out of their stupor. Gradually, the glowing stone turns the entire crew (except the captain) into grinning apes. It is told in a 'journal' format, as it takes place over the course of May 8 to July 12 of an unspecified year.[1]


  1. ^ "Teacher's Guide for The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg". Houghton Mifflin Company. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 

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