Oh, ok, I'll list them and all their impressive credentials: Tabitha King, Jon Scieszka, Sherman Alexie, Gregory Maguire, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Linda Sue Park, Walter Dean Myers, Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, MT Anderson, Louis Sachar, Chris Van Allsburg and Stephen King. This list includes (prepare for your jaw to drop now) four Newbery winners, two National Book Award winners, one Michael L Printz award winner, one Academy Award winner (yes!), one former National Children's Laureate, one Caldecott winner (two gold, one silver) and one Caldecott honor winner. Seriously!
...all incorporate the caption somewhere into the story and it is a treat to read along wondering where (and how) it will pop up. My favorite had to be in MT Anderson's story, Just Deserts. The picture of a a woman about to cut into a glowing pumpkin, the caption reading, "She lowered the knife and it grew even brighter" became a grammar lesson for me based on a red herring thrown my way. I know that the word "dessert" is spelled with a double "s" and the other word for a vast, sandy expanse has only one "s," however, that didn't stop me from thinking of dessert and pumpkin pie every time I looked at the picture for "Just Deserts." A customer and I were poring over The Mysteries of Harris Burdick one day and she insisted the title must be a typo, that Van Allsburg must have meant it to be "desserts." Sure that neither a huge publisher like HMH nor a man like Chris Van Allburg would make a mistake like that, I looked up the phrase on line. There I learned that "deserts" is a plural of "desert," which means "that which one deserves," although the word is rarely used in this way outside of this phrase. To make a long story short (too late...) Anderson works the phrase/word into his story both ways and you just might squeak with delight when you see how. Also, Anderson's story is really darn creepy in a Twilight Zone sort of way, as is Stephen King's.
The more I read The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, the more I love it. I have no doubt that, over time, I will come to cherish The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales as much as I do the source of inspiration, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.