Jumanji was written and illustrated Chris Van Allsburg long before it was made into a special effects movie phenomenon for children. As is often the case, this is a much better book than a movie, and the illustrations are so fantastic that a child should experience this story by reading it, not watching it on a screen. Jumanji was the Caldecott Medal recipient in 1982. If you are raising a child, check out all of Van Allsburg's books—they will become classics in your family collection handed down from generation to generation!
From the author's website:
The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizarre adventure of their lives.