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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Hardcover – 15 Oct 2004
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.
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.
This brilliant retelling of Aladdin is one the most exciting storys I've ever read.Philiph Pullman must have the best retelling of Aladdin in the world, there are some of the most amazing illustrations by David Wyatt.
This wounderful retelling of Aladdin is about a good-for-nothing street-boy who falls in love with the princess badr-al-budr while in a fig tree after being trapped in a hole by a wicked moor. But as soon as Aladdin and the princess are setled down the evil moor returns and steels the princess and the lamp, but Aladdin will do anything to get them back. But you will have to read the book to find out the rest of the story!
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. The brother schemes to avenge the magician's death and disguises himself as the holy woman Fatimah. Galland may have included this in his written version of the story, but it might be an embellishment that pre-dates Galland. As such it is good to have omitted it so as not to hold up the story. Also, it only mentions the Vizier's plans to marry Badr-al-Budur to his son. In the original story they are already married and Aladdin rubs the land to order the genie to carry them away. In a children's book this would border on adult material, and Pullman wisely removed it without doing violence to the tale.
This book has gone through three illustrated editions since it first came out in 1995. The one I'm reviewing here features illustrations by Ian Beck. They capture the sensuous, mysterious Arabian Nights mood very well, with silhouettes of the characters and Arabic ornaments adorning each drawing. Not to cause any offence to buyers who may have the two prior illustrated editions (the Sophy Williams and David Wyatt versions). The drawings in the other two editions were excellent, but this Beck version is more spirited, capturing the magic and the mischief of the story.
When all is said and done, this is still an excellent picture book/novella retelling of the Aladdin story. It is a worthy introduction to the stories of the Nights and can be a step-up to the various grown-up editions, notably the excellent Penguin Lyons translation.
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