The Wretched Stone

The Wretched Stone

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

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.

Allsburg's tale is a satire and criticism of television.

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