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The Adventures of King Midas (Red Storybook) (Young Lions Storybook) [Paperback]

Lynne Reid Banks

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7 Sep 1998 Young Lions Storybook

A rollicking magical adventure story as King Midas sets out to find a cure for his magic touch so that he can turn his daughter back from gold.

Witches, dragons, wizards and a host of amazing characters feature in this spell-binding tale from a supreme storyteller.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (7 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006747280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006747284
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,163,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Nothing is more beautiful than GOLD!
That's what King Midas thinks – but not for long. His daughter Delia is turned to gold by a terrible mistake, so Midas has to journey far and wide to find a cure for his magic touch. An old magician tells him he must seek Old Gollum, Father of the River Cijam… but there are witches, dragons and danger on the way.

About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks is a best-selling author for children and adults. Her classic children’s novel ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. She was born in London in 1929 and worked as an actress, writer and TV news reporter. Lynne has written thirty books: her first, ‘The L-Shaped Room’, was published in 1960. She now lives in Dorset, where she continues to write. Lynne says that writing for children comes much more easily than writing for adults.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever and fun retelling of a Greek myth 1 Jan 2000
By Jennifer Mo - Published on
Lynne Reid Banks shows herself to be a completely versatile and always diverting story teller-- from The Indian in the Cupboard to The Farthest-Away Mountain to The Adventures of King Midas.
In this work, the old Greek myth is dusted off, given a thorough polishing and made into a lively and entertaining children's story. While Banks takes extreme liberties with the myth, the result is something so fresh and fun it doesn't matter. King Midas is transformed from a greedy miser to someone who simply has an obsession with gold (among other things, like growing roses). His quest to save his daughter, whom he turned into gold quite by accident, becomes an exciting adventure in which Midas is tested and changed. Along the way, he meets a mumbo (think baby dragon), defeats an evil witch, clears the throat of Old Gollop, saves a magician and learns the importance of a flandy-bake.
A very fun, fleshed out fairy tale filled with Banks' usual wit. If you like this one, also try her other fantasies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Midas 25 Mar 2009
By M. Criss - Published on
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This book is a great find. It is not well known, but is terrific for elementary read-alouds and many life lessons about gratitude, greed, courage, and more. Delightful, funny, even a little scary. Great book for all ages.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 25 Nov 2013
By Ethan Walsh - Published on
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It was fascinating & magical. My favourite part was when King Midas found Mumbo and they both destroyed the witch.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one of my favorites! 29 Aug 2013
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It has a great morale - fun lines! witty dialogue and a good story! You root for the characters and laugh at their lines. good good...!
5.0 out of 5 stars MY 10 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER LOVED THIS BOOK 2 May 2013
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I bought this for my ten year old daughter and she finished it in one day. I asked her if she "liked" the book and she said, "I LOVED it!!!" So, my daughter recommends this book. ;) Since I didn't read it, I can't tell you much about it -- I can only relay that she LOVED it. :)
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