The Saturday Post: Chris Van Allsburg edition

Chris Van Allsburg has long been one of my favorite picture book authors and illustrators. He's quite popular for The Polar Express, but despite sharing with my girls The Polar Express as well as Jumanji years before the movies made them beloved tales for children everywhere, it's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi—my first introduction to the magic of Mr. Van Allsburg—that holds a special spot in this grandma's heart.

The Polar Express undoubtedly sits upon many a child's bookshelf. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, though, may be unknown to many kids, maybe to many moms and grandmas, too.

As the season for sharing is officially upon us, I'd like to share with you The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Feel free to share it with the Polar Express—and children's literature—lovers in your life, to show them the magic of Chris Van Allsburg extends far beyond Christmas stories.


Have a magical Saturday!