Chris Van Allsburg spent time in his native city greeting fans and signing books on Saturday morning at Schuler's Books on 28th St.

"I've signed mountains of books here in Grand Rapids," said Van Allsburg.

The author of Jumanji and The Polar Express is originally from East Grand Rapids.

"It's great to visit my little neighborhood that I grew up in," said Van Allsburg. "It's always remarkable to see the transformation of downtown Grand Rapids."

He answered questions about the West Michigan premiere of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is premiering this Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Celebration Cinema North.

The movie was also directed by a Michigan native, Jake Kasdan, who is from Detroit.

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