The Wretched Stone

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The Wretched Stone
The Wretched Stone (Chris Van Allsburg book) cover art.jpg
AuthorChris Van Allsburg
IllustratorChris Van Allsburg
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's, Fantasy novel
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded byJust a Dream 
Followed byThe 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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