The Garden of Abdul GasaziBook - 1979
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You might recognize Chris Van Allsburg for his wildly successful books Jumanji and The Polar Express, but did you know that he actually started his art career as a sculptor? He didn’t think about illustrating books until his wife encouraged him to try it. His very first book The Gardens of Abdul Gazasi received a Caldecott honor in 1980. Since then he has written and illustrated 19 of his… (more)
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It certainly wasn't the day that Alan Mitz stumbled into the garden of Abdul Gasazi. For in this bizarre and eerie place -- where strange topiary trees loomed -- the evil visage of Gasazi casts its shadow. And even after Alan escaped, the spell of Gasazi still seemed to penetrate into his everyday world. In this extraordinary, unusual, and unique picture book, Chris Van Allsburg explores both the real and surreal worlds with incredible deftness. In doing so, he has created exquisite and beautiful images that will continue to haunt readers long after they have left the enchanted garden of Abdul Gasazi.
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