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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

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THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI, the imaginative Van Allsburg tale of a boy, a dog, a duck, and a nasty old magician.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 10th 1979 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Monique
Feb 05, 2009 Monique rated it really liked it
Miss Hester asks young Alan Mitz to spend the afternoon with her naughty dog Fritz. After Alan defends the parlor furniture and pillows from Fritz's love of chewing and has a nap, Alan takes Fritz for his afternoon walk. Fritz leads the way and they come upon a wall with an open doorway. A sign warns that the garden belongs to a retire magician and reads "absolutely, positively no dogs allowed." Fritz can't read and takes off into the garden beyond. Alan follows frantically and chases the dog fu ...more
Christopher Seideman
May 02, 2015 Christopher Seideman rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you lost a dog in a magician’s garden during his afternoon walk? What’s even worse, it’s the garden of the great Abdul Gasazi and he hates dogs! Chris Van Allsburg’s first picture book takes the reader through a day dogsitting with the young Alan Mitz. During what should’ve been a casual stroll with a slightly bad-mannered bull terrier named Fritz (there was a reason he was asked to be left home after all! Poor Eunice!), the dog breaks loose, running off into the retired mag ...more
Barbara
Although I like the idea of blurring the line between fantasy and reality as the author/illustrator has done in this imaginative picture book, the perspective of the illustrations seemed just a tad off to me. In some of the pictures, Miss Hester just seems to have an oddly proportioned body, which bothered me. Alan Mitz agrees to take care of her feisty dog, Fritz, while she's visiting a relative. All goes well until they take a walk outside, and Fritz goes where he should not go, onto the prope ...more
Ronyell
“The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the legendary mind of Chris Van Allsburg and it is about how a young boy named Alan tries to rescue Miss Hester’s dog, Fritz from the great magician Abdul Gasazi when Fritz accidentally runs off into the forbidden garden of Abdul Gasazi. “The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is a true masterpiece full of mystery and magic that children will enjoy for many years.

Chris Van Allsburg has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this book th
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Ch13_julie
Feb 13, 2013 Ch13_julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Do you believe in magic? "The Garden of Abdul Gasazi" draws upon that very question when a boy is asked to dog sit for a neighbor's naughty dog named, Fritz. Fritz takes the boy on an adventure to a beautiful garden that specifically states, "ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THIS GARDEN". Naturally, Fritz enters the garden and goes running. Van Allsburg, the author and illustrator, takes readers on an adventure to figure out what happens to Fritz and readers will be left wondering wheth ...more
Mayra Martinez
Sep 17, 2012 Mayra Martinez rated it really liked it
In this book there is a boy that is asked to take care of a dog, but when he takes him for a walk the dog escapes into this place where dogs are not allowed. He tries to run after him but loses him. After searching for the dog with no result he goes to the house of the owner, he is a retired magician. He tells the magician what happened and if he could give him back the dog. He is surprised that the magician takes him to some ducks and tells him he turned the dog into a duck. The duck escaped fr ...more
Sheridan
Dec 08, 2015 Sheridan rated it really liked it
Alan and his rambunctious dog Fritz go on an afternoon walk and discover a small white bridge that leads them through a garden where dogs aren’t allowed. After entering the garden anyways, Alan is forced to face the repercussions of disobeying rules and dealing with magic.
I have to say this book wasn’t as good as I thought as it was going to be and it didn’t meet my expectations. The descriptions of this book I’ve read online make it seem way better than it actually is. Maybe it was just too si
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Lauren Gallaspy
Feb 22, 2015 Lauren Gallaspy rated it it was amazing
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi tells the story of Alan who watches over his neighbor Miss Hesters dog. While taking the dog for a walk they come across the Garden of Abdul Gasazi who has a sign on his garden saying no dogs allowed. As they begin to walk past the dog happens to be released as he runs freely into the Garden of Abdul Gasazi, will the famous magician get to Alan and his dog.

Chris Van Allsburg is an excellent illustrator who is able to add so much detail into every image added to the sto
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Jonathan Jordan
Feb 22, 2015 Jonathan Jordan rated it it was amazing
After reading this book I am now familiar who Chris Van Allsburg is and I am more than fascinated with his work. This story begins as the boy is going through his normal routinely walk when the dog darts off into the Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The boy is frantic rushing to find his dog as he is in fear of losing his dog and having it captured by Abdul Gasazi because the sign entering the garden stated absolutely no dogs allowed. Through his adventurous journey around the entire garden the boy never ...more
Paola Galindo
Feb 22, 2015 Paola Galindo rated it it was amazing
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is the story of a boy named Allan, whose mischievous dog runs into the garden of Abdul Gasazi, a retired wizard. Abdul Gasazi hates dogs and has a sign specifically saying "No Dogs Allowed". When his dog runs into the garden, Allen runs after him, and wanders through the beautifully detailed garden until he finds the wizard himself. When the wizard says that his dog was turned into a duck, Allan gets his duck and walks starts to head home. On the way home the duck grab ...more
Leslie Nunez
Feb 20, 2015 Leslie Nunez rated it liked it
This book is about Miss Hester asks young Alan Mitz to spend the afternoon with her dog Fritz. After Alan defends the parlor furniture and pillows from Fritz's love of chewing and has a nap, Alan takes Fritz for his afternoon walk. Fritz leads the way and they come upon a wall with an open doorway. A sign warns that the garden belongs to a retire magician and reads "absolutely, positively no dogs allowed." Fritz can't read and takes off into the garden beyond. Alan follows frantically and chases ...more
Brooke Wagner
Feb 19, 2015 Brooke Wagner rated it really liked it
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is the story of a boy who watches his neighbor's dog. His duty is to make sure that the dog doesn't chew on any of the furniture and to take the dog for a walk. When on their walk the dog wanders away to where the boy is not supposed to venture, but he is forced to race after the dog.The dog wanders into a magicians yard where the magician "turned the dog into a duck". When the boy returns to the dogs home the duck has flown ahead of him but when he walks into the door ...more
Lauren Carlson
Feb 19, 2015 Lauren Carlson rated it it was amazing
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg is a story of a little boy, Alan, that has to watch this dog, Fritz, for Miss Hester. This dog is not ordinary though, Alan ends up chasing Fritz all over the place when he decides to take Fritz for a walk. Their nice walk gets interrupted by this sign that says no dogs in the garden but of course unruly Fritz does not care, he gets away from Alan and runs straight through the garden. Alan cannot find Fritz anywhere. He comes across the front door ...more
Leah
Dec 06, 2014 Leah added it
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is a book featuring a young boy and his dog. Alan the boy and Fritz the dog, who had bad behaviors, go on a walk and end up entering a garden. However, there are no dogs permitted in the garden, but they both enter anyway. Fritz takes off running in the garden and disappears. When Alan goes looking for him, he finds the house of Gasazi. He asks if the magician knows where his dog was. He states that he turned his dog into a duck. When the duck flew off, Alan was dishea ...more
Brenda  Roman
Dec 02, 2014 Brenda Roman rated it really liked it
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg, is a garden filled with flowers and trees. Miss Hester asked Alan to take his dog Fritz for a walk in the garden. Dogs aren’t allow to be in the garden when fritz arrives he disappears. Where is Fritz?

The garden of Abdul Gasazi is a Caldecott winner and the author had receive multiple awards for other books he had written and illustrated. The themes of this book include responsibility, adventure, and magic. Children experience these types of sit
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Itzel
Nov 05, 2014 Itzel rated it really liked it
In this story, it was about a boy, a dog, and a magician’s garden. The owner of the dog told the boy to look after fritz the dog while she went out. Fritz was a dog that liked to bite things so through out the day the boy just tried not to get bit. The later went outside and they walked past a garden where no dogs were allowed. Then Fritz escaped from the boy and ran into the garden. The boy went after him and didn’t find him so he knocked on the door. The magician opened the door and told him w ...more
Rigoberto Gamez
Mar 12, 2014 Rigoberto Gamez rated it it was amazing
Alan Mitz is asked to take care of Miss Hester's dog Fritz. Fritz loved to chew things especially noses. After Alan takes care of all the furniture he takes a little nap and then awakes and takes Fritz on his afternoon walk as they are on their walk they come up to a wall that strictly prohibits dogs from entering. Fritz being Fritz runs away from Alan and enters the place which belongs to a retired magician. Alan chases him and finally comes up to the front door and knocks on his door and finds ...more
Sandra Ayala
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi tells the story of a young boy who is walking his dog. As he is walking his dog he stumbles upon a garden, at the entrance of the garden it says that there are no dogs allowed as a warning. Unfortunately, his dog decides to run into the garden. The boy sprints into the Garden to follow the dog. The illustrations of the garden are incredible. Each bush and leaf is detailed, the garden had different shapes and figures. Although the illustrations are black and white, they ...more
Angela Hutchinson
This book is about a boy named Alan and his adventure watching his neighbors dog, Fritz. Alan takes Fritz for a walk and as they walk by Abdul Gasazi's garden the dog took off running. Alan searched everywhere for Fritz, until he finally has to go to the front door and he asked Mr. Gasazi if he had seen the dog. He told Alan that he turned him into a duck. Alan was upset and worried what Miss Hester would think. He returned back to Miss Hester's house where to his surprise, Fritz had returned ho ...more
Ashleigh De nicola
Dec 06, 2014 Ashleigh De nicola rated it did not like it
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Have you ever felt emptiness when you’ve lost track of your pet? Imagine losing track of a pet you were watching for the day! Not only would you be devastated, but so would the owner. This story is mainly about watching a dog and the dog turns into a duck with the help of magic. The dog turns into a duck and flies into the sky until it disappeared. From there, Alan knew Fritz was gone forever.
The imagination this book creates for children is incredible. It leaves you thinking once they enter t
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Jennifer Varela
Apr 25, 2014 Jennifer Varela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tl-307
One day, Alan Mitz stumbles into the garden of Abdul Gasazi. In this strange and frightening place, the evil visage of Gasazi casts its shadow. But, even after Alan manages to escape, the spell of Gasazi seems to follow him into his everyday world. This unexpected and remarkable picture book shows how the very thin line between illusion and reality is not clearly defined. The exquisite and beautiful images in the book will haunt readers long after they have left the enchanted garden of Abdul Gas ...more
Barbara
Feb 10, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is a great cute story about a boy called Alan that is in charge of taking care Fritz, Miss Hester's dog. When Alan takes Fritz for a walk they encounter a sign that says: Absolutely, positively no dogs allowed in this garden, the bottom was signed by Abdul Gasazi, Retired Magician. Of course, Fritz runs away and Alan is in deep trouble when he is unable to find Fritz. Now, Alan has to face Mr. Abdul and confess that his dog was loose in his garden. Mr. Gasazi tricks Al ...more
Maddie Sharp
Apr 29, 2014 Maddie Sharp added it
Shelves: tl307
One day, Alan Mitz stumbles into the garden of Abdul Gasazi. In this bizarre and terrifying place, the evil appearance of Gasazi casts its shadow. But, even after Alan manages to escape, the spell of Gasazi seems to follow him into his everyday world. This surprising and extraordinary picture book shows how the very thin line between illusion and reality is not clearly defined. The images in the book will stick with readers long after they have put this book down. Chris Van Allsburg did an incre ...more
Beverly J.
Sep 05, 2013 Beverly J. rated it liked it
There was a very, very cute twist on the final page, but all in all, a bit of a disappointment. Even the illustrations were only meh.
Becky B
Alan takes Miss Hester's dog, Fritz, for a walk, only to have naught Fritz break away and go into the off-limits garden of magician Abdul Gasazi. Alan is quite concerned what will happen, and he tries to catch Fritz before the magician finds out. But Fritz gets caught and the magician turns him into a duck. Alan starts to carry the bad dog/duck home, when it flies away and snatches his hat. He returns to tell Miss Hester what has happened, only to find Fritz back in dog form. Miss Hester tells A ...more
Meltha
Jan 19, 2015 Meltha rated it really liked it
Shelves: mentionedintext, 2015
First off, the obvious: the illustrations in this are absolutely beautiful. I would hang some of these in my home. The story of the wandering dog and the retired musician is captivating, but I couldn't shake the feeling that something more was going to happen that didn't quite appear, though I'm not sure how else to put it. The magician does smoke, and the boy does go into a stranger's home alone without comment, so there are a few issues that would need discussion in a younger classroom, but th ...more
Sam
Feb 02, 2016 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott
Caldecott Honor 1980 - Favorite Illustration: When the lady is comforting the boy and the dog is sitting happily in the foreground. I love the tenderness between the two human figures.
This is a fun little tale of a boy who is dog-sitting the mischievous Fritz for the day. When it is time for his afternoon walk, Fritz breaks free and wanders into forbidden territory - and the consequences could be horrible!
This is the second book I have read by Van Allsburg, and while I am not a big fan of Jumanj
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Cheyenne Vieira
Dec 06, 2014 Cheyenne Vieira rated it really liked it
The magnificently illustrated "The Garden of Abdul Gasazi" was the winner of the Caldecott Honor Award in 1980. The landscape layout of the book helps each picture grasp all the details of the settings and characters. The illustrations and text are separated and both have boarders. However, the interplay between the text and the illustrations are enhancing.Van Allsburg illustrated this book using only black, white, and gray, which I was actually quite fond of. This book is wonderful, and childre ...more
Ghoover
The illustrations in this book are different from the other two of the books I've already read. Instead of having cool and soft colors, it is black and white sketches. They are extremely detailed, however, which I absolutely love! Chris Van Allsburg is such a fluent and interesting writer. His stories are interesting and enjoyable for all ages and he uses words that I can see would really benefit a young reader. I would love to use this as a teacher to help further student's in their reading com ...more
Dolly
Oct 04, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We recently read The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and are in the middle of reading The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, so I was excited to discover another book by Chris Van Allsburg that we haven't read yet.

This story tells of a stressful afternoon of dog watching for a young man named Alan Mitz. The narrative is entertaining and fun to read aloud and while the ending is somewhat predictable, I still really liked the story.

The style of the illustrations was ver
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Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.

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