Friday, December 10, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi

Name of book: The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Author  / Illustrator: Written and Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
What's It All About: A boy's dog runs away into a mysterious garden and the boy goes after him.  But the garden belongs to a mysterious man who claims to be a magician. 
My Favorite Bit: This book is Van Allsburg at his best.  The drawings are simply lovely and I want to walk through the gardens (minus the magician).  I love Van Allsburg's illustration style.  It's chunky and rounded but very detailed with subtle color. 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This one's for the older kids.  My daughter (3) will sit through it, but it's built for my 8 year old.  The language and style is a little more sophisticated, but everyone will enjoy it.  This is a must for any children's library.
Go Get It: The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator:  Chris Van Allsburg studied art at the University of Michigan.  He was a sculptor primarily, but his wife Lisa, an elementary school art teacher, encouraged him in his drawing and showed his drawings to a friend at Houghton Mifflin.  Van Allsburg stopped sculpting long enough to create the story that became The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He has written and illustrated 15 other books, including The Polar Express and Jumanji.

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