Comments for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi: 02/19/14
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg was the author/illustrator's debut picture book. It follows a boy named Alan who is put in charge of Miss Hester's annoying dog, Fritz. The dog gets lose during a walk and rushes into a magician's topiary garden. Per the magician's threat, the dog is transformed into a poorly behaved duck. The duck gets away and takes Alan's hat too.
Allsburg's black and white drawings (charcoal pencil) are the lure for me. Even without words they convey the narrative and emotions of the book. I wish, though, that the topiary animals had played more of a part in the book Ñ but I guess that would be getting into The Shining territory.