This book combines wonderful black and white drawings with an element of magic that really works for older students, because there is just enough mystery to leave listeners wondering what really happened. I love to read it to third graders.
Synopsis: Miss Hester owns a naughty dog named Fritz. Alan is watching Fritz while Miss Hester is gone. When Alan takes Fritz for a walk, Fritz tugs the leash and runs away – straight into the garden of Abdul Gasazi, a retired magician. Unfortunately, Mr. Gasazi’s garden is clearly marked with a sign that says ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO DOGS ALLOWED. When Alan meets Mr. Gasazi, he politely asks for Fritz back but is dismayed to learn that Abdul Gasazi turns naughty, straying dogs into ducks. Convinced that Fritz is now a duck, Alan returns to Miss Hester’s house, only to find Fritz safely at home.