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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Paperback – October 24, 1994

4.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Har/Cas edition (October 24, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395712548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395712542
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,095,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Chris Van Allsburg wrote and illustrated many of my favorite picture books as a child, so when I had my own baby I ordered a few of my favorites. His illustrations are hypnotic and mysterious and that's what drew them to me as a kid who loved mysteries and "scary" stories. This story tells a great tale of a magician who turns a boy's dog into a bird (or does he?). This book still seems like a timeless classic so I would highly recommend it for any young child's (or whimsical adult's) library.
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Absolutely charming story. The illustrations are magical in and of themselves. This story is ostensibly about a boy who is charged with taking care of a neighbor's dog. However, the story takes some clever turns and winds up showing us that perhaps, just perhaps, magic does indeed exist. Wonderful to spark the imagination of young children. Written simply but with direct and impactful language. A recommendation for anyone's library; child or adult.
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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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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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