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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; New Edition edition (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407117386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407117386
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 0.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke. He is best known for the award winning His Dark Materials series, consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

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'Written with masterly ease from the reigning master of children's literature' - The Daily Telegraph; 'Wonderful story . . . illustrations add terrific atmosphere and drama' - Booktrusted News; 'Perfect' - Guardian.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is just part of the amazing story of Aladdin and the enchanted lamp(set in China), beneath the cover lies a story you will not be able to take your eyes off.
The part I liked best was when the Moor was entertaining the Princess, getting her to like him and the last picture in the book, I liked these parts best because the Moor uses lots of funny words e.g"My little bibble bubble" and the picture because it well drawn, like the rest and it is funny.
I would recomend this book to anyone from 6 and older, because it has brillant illustrations on every page and is an amazing story for the whole family.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
Philip Pullman's books are marvellous and they attract so many people of all ages. I think Aladdin is the best and exciting book ever. My favourite character was the evil Moor and the Jinee. I thought that the Jinee had put a lot of effort into acting. Aladdin is really impressive and a really, marvellous actor. Aladdin is very funny and not only very funny for little kids but also for grown ups. It is the type of tale that mum and dads would love to read as a bedtime story. Aladdin's mother is very old and the pictures have got a lot of texture in them. Her skin looks really wrinkly and she appears so old. I think Philip Pullman will make some more amazing books. My favourite picture is the bits were the jinnee appears out of nowhere. His glowing red eyes and huge muscular body would scare the living day lights out of anybody. I recommend that this story is for people around the age of (8/30)
CHANTELLE
AGE 11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pinchbeck on 21 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Check and double-check what you are getting here.
Look carefully at these reviews and you will realise they are for very different editions of this story. Ian Beck is a thoughtful and acclaimed children's illustrator. David Wyatt is also an excellent illustrator, but he comes from a field of more adult illustration and his images for Aladdin are not what you find in a typical children's book. There's a touch of lasciviousness to them, and an emphasis on shiny bulging breasts which doesn't sit well with the target audience.
In addition this is quite a different version of Aladdin to the one you may have heard before. Set in China and with quite a different story arc. Fine if you want a fresh interpretation, but if you're looking for a familiar classic, go elsewhere.
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As a fan of the original Arabian Nights stories (and not the Disney bowdlerisations) I took interest when I saw that Philip Pullman had written a novella-length retelling of the story of Aladdin. I would like to write my review from the perspective of an Arabian Nights fan rather than a Philip Pullman fan.

This book is a delight to read and to look at both inside and out. Pullman retells the story in a focused, direct and concise way, Chinese setting and all. His writing style is crisp, lively and dramatic. It is accessible for children yet not infantile for grown-ups. The story is based on the original story, not Disney's film, and so it is rougher and rawer than the film. The story moves briskly from scene to scene. Compared to the Antoine Galland version (the first known printed instance of the story) the dialogue is more succinct, to the point and uses more everyday language that still fits the tone of the story. I feel assured that this version will not "date" with idioms that are of the 1990s. Galland's version was pretty long (as shown in the various translations of the Nights), and so it's good to have a retelling such as this that respects that version and presents the story in a more palatable way.

For those who only know the Disney version, the original story may be a surprise. The magician who cons Aladdin into thinking he is his uncle is more menacing and scheming than Disney's vizier-villain Jafar. The Sultan has a scheming vizier who wants his son to marry Badr-al Badur. For some strange reason Disney conflated the vizier with the magician to create Jafar. Also, Aladdin has a magic ring with its own magical slave in addition to the lamp with its genie.

Pullman's retelling streamlines the story by removing the incidents of the magician's brother.
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Format: Hardcover
Perhaps it is the actual story of 'Aladdin' that just doesn't so it for me? I think Pullman does a good job at writing the story, and it has a few nice revelations in too. For instance, I didn't know that the story takes place in China, not Arabia. I guess that's what we get for believing in Disney too much.

The evil antagonist is just the right amount of creepy to justify your wanting of Aladdin to win, especially when the lamp is stolen from underneath his nose! The only thing is, Aladdin is a completely unrelatable character - he's arrogant, mean and extremely demanding. I found him to be quite annoying.

The pictures give great charm and character to the setting, which is probably why I've rated it higher than I would have otherwise. The story in itself is rather naive - there's usually a moral to these types of yarns, but I failed to see one. It was great to see the contrast between the Jinnie of the Ring and the Jinnie of the Lamp though. Give this a go if classical fairy tales are your thing and your interested to read the real story of Aladdin, otherwise, just pop the film into your DVD player instead.
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