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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: 11.8 x 0.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,110 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.

Customer Reviews

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi might be my favorite.
Andrea from Boston
Great illustrations -- Chris Van Allsburg is in good form.
M. Heiss
I got this for a shower gift for my great nephew.
tinkerbell

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15 of 15 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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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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18 of 20 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fs on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
By Chris Van Allsburg
reviewed by a kid
Have you ever seen a dog turn into a duck? In The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg, Alan and Fritz go into the garden of Abdul Gasazi. Alan lost Fritz in the garden owned by Mr.Gasazi, so he turned him into a duck. I like this book because it has a mysterious Ending. My favorite part is the end because it's unknown what happened to Fritz. This book reminds me of when I went to the Botanic Gardens because it was a field trip like maybe Fritz thought it was a field trip to him.
I recommend this book to people who like magic because a man turns a dog into a duck.
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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 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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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.

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