27/05/2004

The Land of Green Ginger

Delightful children's book by Noel Langley, supposedly a sequel to the classic fairy tale of Aladdin.

Aladdin's son Abu Ali, who talks fluently from birth, has to break the spell that turned a magician into a button-nosed tortoise. Along the way he wins the heart of a beautiful princess and has to beat the two evil princes in tasks set by her father.

A traditional setting, but the book is full of irony and humour, and lots of political incorrectness! It's a delightful romp with a satisfying ending. Wonderful to read aloud, enjoyable as a light read for adults as well as children. Longer review at 'The Wonderful Wanderings of an Enchanted Land'.

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