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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
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Winner of eight book awards.
Caldecott Honor Book for 1979

From the  Barnes and website:

From the Publisher

THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI, the imaginative Van Allsburg tale of a boy, a dog, a duck, and a nasty old magician, is brought to life in this book-and-cassette package by the unique storytelling abilities of actor Jason Robards and an exciting, original score for saxaphone quartet written by composer Michael Moss.

 From The Critics
"This is without question one of the best -- and most original -- picture books in years."

AudioFile - Robin F. Whitten
Allan agrees to take care of the bad-mannered dog, Fritz, who loves to eat hats and tear up the furniture. When he runs off into the garden of retired magician, Mr. Gasazi, Allan is sure Fritz will be lost forever. Robardss resonant voice and wonderful saxophone accompaniment added to the already stunning illustrations of Van Allsburgs book, a Caldecott Honor winner, are a winning combination. Each character is described in a musical portrait as well as with Robardss rich and expressive tones. Although each could stand alone, they complement each other and delightfully enhance the book. The program exemplifies the quality that book and cassette programs can achieve, and it should serve as a model for others. R.F.W. ŠAudioFile, Portland, Maine

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