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Bad Day at Riverbend
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Author Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
Country United States
Genre Children's literature
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Preceded by The Sweetest Fig 
Followed by Zathura 

Bad Day at Riverbend is a 1995 children's book by American writer Chris Van Allsburg.


On a quiet day at the town of Riverbend, local sheriff Ned Hardy hears that a strange matter is covering many citizens. When he heads out to investigate, he finds the local stagecoach driver covered in this mass and unable to speak. Distraught but unwilling to surrender, Hardy heads on and finds more people covered in this substance. Eventually he is himself covered in this substance and unable to move or speak.

It is then revealed that the strange matter was none other than crayon scribbles, and that the sheriff is part of a coloring book left on its own by a small boy who gets tired and leaves.

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