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Book Title: The Garden of Abdul Gasazi|
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ISBN 13: 9780395278048
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Reader ratings: 3.7
The author of the book: Chris Van Allsburg
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Company
Date of issue: 1979
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Now considering that at the beginning of Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, it is rather overtly stated by the author that Miss Hester's dog Fritz has bitten her poor cousin Eunice SIX TIMES ALREADY, I was right from the onset both massively angry at and equally frustrated with Miss Hester and not at all well disposed towards Fritz the dog either, having myself been bitten by badly trained and misbehaving canines in the past, and then even been blamed for this by their so-called owners (for while the accompanying black and white illustrations certainly are expressive and impressive, albeit like all of Chris Van Allsburg's artwork much too dark and gloomy for my personal tastes, the main narrative, the main storyline of The Garden of Abdul Gasazi simply seems like yet another tired story of a badly trained, unruly, even potentially vicious dog and a clueless owner who has clearly and sadly managed to turn her cherished pet into a horrid little monster with no redeeming qualities whatsoever).
And while I guess Alan's escapades trying to control Fritz (while he is dogsitting) are to a certain extent a tiny bit amusing, frankly, since Fritz is so very badly behaved and inadequately trained, in my opinion, Miss Hester should really NOT be giving the responsibility for watching over her pet, for taking her dog on walks to anyone but herself (in other words, Miss Hester should not be out and about visiting but at home teaching Fritz some necessary manners, making sure her dog does not bite or attempt to slip his collar whilst being taken for a walk).
For it really really does tend to bother me immensely that poor Alan not only has to follow the escaping Fritz into Abdul Gasazi's large and clearly very much creepy garden, but that he then also ends up feeling both personally responsible and guilty when it appears as though the retired magician might really have turned Miss Hester's dog into a duck (now did he or did he not, that does remain the question). But I guess my main point of angry frustration with this book, with The Garden of Abdul Gasazi and the true reason why instead of two stars, I have now decided on but one star is that in my humble opinion (and the happy ending for Fritz and Miss Hester notwithstanding, namely that Fritz does return safe and sound, although I am indeed happy mostly for and on behalf of Alan) there is not really ever MUCH IF ANY presented criticism of Miss Hester's clear failures as a dog owner, there are no lessons learned and sadly more than likely, Miss Hester will probably simply keep indulging and insufficiently disciplining, not training Fritz, that he will just continue to be the same badly mannered, biting and obviously often vicious little beast as before (because there certainly is NO narrational mention whatsoever in The Garden of Abdul Gasazi of Miss Hester even somehwat, even remotely understanding that her dog is ill behaved and nasty because of lacking discipline and training on her part).
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Read information about the authorChris 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.
Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the other products) they delivered it to homes all around Grand Rapids in yellow and blue trucks.
When Chris was born, his family lived in an old farm house next door to the large brick creamery building. It was a very old house that, like the little house in Virginia Lee Burton’s story, had once looked over farmland. But by 1949, the house was surrounded by buildings and other houses. Chris’s father ran the dairy with Chris’s three uncles after his grandfather Peter retired.
When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand Rapids that was part of a development; a kind of planned neighborhood, that was still being built.
There remained many open fields and streams and ponds where a boy could catch minnows and frogs, or see a firefly at night. It was about a mile and a half to Breton Downs School, which Chris walked to every day and attended until 6th grade, when the Van Allsburg family moved again.
The next house they lived in was an old brick Tudor Style house in East Grand Rapids. It was a street that looked like the street on the cover of The Polar Express. The houses were all set back the same distance from the street. Between the street and the sidewalk grew enormous Elm trees whose branches reached up and touched the branches of the trees on the other side of the street. Chris moved to this street with his mom, dad, sister, and two Siamese cats. One named Fafner and the other name Eloise.
Chris went to junior and senior high school in East Grand Rapids. He didn’t take art classes during this time. His interests and talents seemed to be more in the area of math and science.
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