13th September '16
Belonging to a series of the Arabian Nights Tales this simple re-telling of a classic works well. Like Gulnare of the Sea, another in the series, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a really accessible read, good old fashioned story telling which would be brilliant to read together with younger children or for a confident reader looking for something magical. The combination of a nice big font, plenty of white space on the page and liberal sprinkling of endearing illustrations from Anja Gram throughout give the book a real appeal. I'd forgotten about Ali Baba's greedy brother and his grisly fate, and that of the forty thieves but was glad to see those details remained true.
Ali Baba and the forty thieves is a brilliant story, others in the series include the less well known Gulnare of the Sea and The Enchanted Horse alongside Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp and SInbad the Sailor. Kelley Townley does an excellent job in retelling these stories in a simple, engaging style.