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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Blue Sky by Audrey Wood
The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss
Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila
Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert
A Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle
Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden
Flight by Sherman Alexie
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer by James Endredy
Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth by Jon Chad
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats
Natural History by Justina Robson
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Rust: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp
The Sacramento, River of Gold by Julian Dana
Tatty Ratty by Helen Cooper
Tiger Trek by Ted Lewin
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi: 02/19/14

 cover art

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 but I guess that would be getting into The Shining territory.

Three stars

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