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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Hardcover – 10 Oct 1979
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"This is without question one of the best -- and most original -- picture books in years." The New York Times
About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com.
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It will not matter to young readers of this book that Van Allsburg was interested in applying fine-art drawing style and sensitivity to the problems of illustration. A note on the backpiece explains how these drawings represent the artist's attempt to explore areas of concern such as "creating a balance on the page by placing dark tones next to light for contrast" and "using a light source to provide a variety of tones to show form." I read this through, several times in fact, and flipped back and forth between the pictures, trying to make the connections between theory and practice. I believe I have some clue as to the principles involved in the execution of these drawings. However, the important thing is that the artwork is really neat and the guy did it with just a sharp little pencil. Yes, the story is little more than an excuse to do these drawings, but what is wrong with that? Especially if young readers race for pencil and paper after looking at this book to see what they can do.
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