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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Hardcover – October 10, 1979


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (October 10, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039527804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395278048
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 12 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is without question one of the best -- and most original -- picture books in years." The New York Times

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.


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Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Customer Reviews

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi might be my favorite.
Andrea from Boston
For me to select my favorite among his collection of stunning work would be quite impossible.
D. Blankenship
Great illustrations -- Chris Van Allsburg is in good form.
M. Heiss

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu) on May 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This children's book is about a dog named Fritz who runs off from the boy who is watching over him. The dog enters the garden of a retired magician who hates dogs. Yet, the boy has to get the dog back. Alan is shocked to discover that the dog may have been turned into a duck. The book was a 1980 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a book for children. A book greatly enjoyed by children of all ages.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is burned into my memory as one of my few early childhood memories. It's been 20 years since I last saw this book, but I could describe many of the vivid illustrations for you. Mystical and magical. Abdul Gasazi's garden exists in every town. All it needs is a child's imagination to bring it to life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
If there were a so-much-more-than-a-book category, this title would head the list. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi written and gloriously illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, and read by Jason Robards is a standout.
Threats are more menacing; adventures are higher when recounted in Robards' inimitable voice.
This, Van Allsburg's first book, winner of the Caldecott Award and deemed Best Illustrated Book of the Year by the New York Times, is the imaginative story of a little boy and a very mean magician.
Spectacular reading and listening!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have had this book for years and still enjoy readig it.I can not even edge the divinity of this magnificent work. To say the least, Gasazi is Allsburg's magnum opus. A wonderful read for all generations, especially children. I mean, the artwork is far better than regular children's litterary works. Then, a very rare story-line: A boy must venture far into the garden of a wealthy magician to retrieve his neighbor's canine. Far better than The Polar Express, in my oppinion. Now, don't get me wrong, the story-line is no Harry Potter, but still a good read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frank J O'Connor on September 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant full-bodied pencil drawings (no sketches here) combine with a magical story with an O. Henry twist on the last page to make another stunning triumph for the best in the business. Here is the true heir of N.C. Wyeth as supreme illustrator of children's books. You don't have to be a kid to fall under Van Allsburg's spell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ardnam VINE VOICE on March 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Very intriguing plot with excellent pencil drawings! A young boy is minding a dog for the day. Did a magician really turn the dog into a duck? Read this engaging book to find out. This is another fine product from VanAllsburg. Very entertaining and children love it. Don't miss another good one from Van Allsburg: The Sweetest Fig.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Fisher on January 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was completely enchanted by this book when I first read it in 1983 (never had I seen such appealing black and white drawings in a children's book before), and I sent it this Christmas (2008) to my five year old niece. Chris Van Allsburg was just beginning his illustrious career with this book, but he hit the ball out of the park on his first try. Besides his skillful illustrations, Van Allsburg gave the public their first glimpse of his talent for mysterious stories that intrigue adults as much as children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pettey on August 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a children's magician who bought this book after seeing it on Reading Rainbow. I buy a book for every one of my library shows, and after reading it to the children as part of the show (with the help of my trusty side kick, a sheep dog puppet), we donate the book to the library. This book featured the three most important things relating to the show I was performing at the time : A dog, and child, and a mysterious old retired magician. Chirs Van Allsburg writes such incredible stuff, but this was a real find. Th kids loved it, the librarian loved, it, and it now has a new home at the Golden Gate Library in Naples, FL ! HIGHLY recommended....
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