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12th September '16
dannylee read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
5 stars
Ali Baba was very poor. While collecting wood the forty thieves come so he hides. He hears them say the secret words and enter their secret cave full of money and jewels. He filled his donkeys and went home and  told his wife of their new fortune and then buries it. His rich greedy brother Kasim hears about this and without Ali Babas knowledge returns to the cave so he could help himself to the riches. Things didn't go so well for him and he ended up cut in pieces.  The thieves come to find Ali Baba and Morgiana a slave girl is the hero and saves the day.
2nd September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
5 stars
Another great book from Arabian Nights Adventures series! Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves is another classic known by everyone. I used to read it when I was a child so it was a pleasure to do it again. The text is written in excellent, mostly simple way. The illustrations although in black and white still are very attractive. The main character Ali Baba was collecting wood in the forest when he saw 40 thrives getting into the cave full of treasure using the password. For a poor woodcutter it's a dream come true but later one the reader will learn that it's not so obvious. You will also learn about consequences of stealing as well as family relationships (that are not always good  ). My favourite phrase from this book is "Just because someone else does me wrong, doesn't mean I should do that person wrong in return. I must be good to everyone". I think this sentence showing the character of Ali Baba who had a good heart and didn't want to get his family into trouble. I would recommend this book for 8+ as there are lots of dying people in horrible way  so for more sensitive children could be terrifying. I would say it's an exciting story in an unfamiliar for us environment .

By the way: thank you so much for a lovely hidden message for my daughter! She was so excited when she was reading it
13th September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
5 stars
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.
4th September '16
I read it to rsa aged 6 aged 6
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
4 stars
The classic tale is simply and clearly told in this edition. However, it does not gloss over the somewhat more gruesome aspects of the original. The killing of the bandits is particularly grisly. It is a thrilling story and my son was definitely caught up in. It is great that the Arabian Nights Adventures have been broken down into single stories in this way. It has made it more accessible to a younger reader.
10th October '16
Bobbin read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
4 stars
My son read this to himself at bedtime and had finished it in two days - for me, this would earn it 5 stars! We still read books together, so it was great that he was so engaged and enthralled by the story. When I asked him how many stars he would give the book he initially said 4 1/2, and then 4. Having read the other reviews that this had quite gruesome descriptions I was surprised that my son enjoyed this. He said he would recommend this book to friends, and he has asked me to get the other books from this series. So overall, this book was a winner!
7th September '16
ejpot read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
4 stars
A well written classic tale with some lovley black and white illustrations, it was easy to read and follow the story, however my 8 year old girl is a little sensitive and didn't like reading about the killing of people and it did make her put the book down so I passed the book onto a boy the same age and he really enjoyed it and the killing bits did not bother him,  his reading skills are not as great as my girls but he managed it fine by himself. 
19th September '16
MicahW read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
4 stars
I was quite interested to read this book, as I hadn't ever read or heard the story before. From reading the blurb; Ali comes across the password for where the thieves had hidden their treasure, it sounded very interesting. It was easy to read independently, only words I needed some help with were how to pronounce some of the names in the book. I liked that the font was quite big. There were a few black and white illustrations. I say this book would appeal more to boys, as there is some violence in it, people getting killed, which girls may not like.
15th September '16
I read it to Aaronthecooldude aged 7 aged 7
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
3 stars
This classic story is written mostly in a simple way and the illustrations work well with the text. Although the story itself was great for a 7 year old it was quite excessive in discussing brutality. This book is not for the easily disturbed child. 
29th September '16
Lydib read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
3 stars
This is the second in the Arabian nights books I have reviewed. This is one of the better known stories. I thought the descriptions of the killings were much too graphic for children and would not recommend this to younger children. I was a little disappointed as I enjoyed Gulnare of the Sea so much. The writing is a good size, I found it easy to read and there were nice black and white pictures throughout.
15th September '16
I read it to MaxS aged 9 aged 9
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 9781911030034
2 stars
This is a retelling of the traditional Ali Baba story which I had fond memories of. However this version is not for the squeamish! I read this to my 9 year old as a bedtime story and his opinion was 'I like it a little bit but I think I might have bad dreams'. Bearing in mind that he happily reads Harry Potter so is not particularly sensitive. If your child won't get scared by a description of chopping a man into six pieces then sewing his body back together, burning men to death by pouring scalding oil into jars where they're trapped and stabbing the final man then thats fine. It also lacks chapter breaks which makes it a slog to read. Overall this version ruined my happy childhood memories but for kids who like a bit of gore its fine. I personally would not describe it as suitable for 'younger readers' either in the writing style or subject matter. The moral point of the story has been changed to make it seem acceptable to steal and to murder (very clumsy) so overall a bit disappointing. 
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