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The Land of Green Ginger (Faber Children's Classics) Paperback – 4 Aug 2005
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A new edition of Noel Langley's much-loved comic adventure about a prince who must break the spell on the mysterious land of Green Ginger.
When Prince Abu Ali, son of Aladdin, is born, his destiny has already been foretold: he is the one chosen to break the spell of the mysterious land of Green Ginger. His quest brings him into contact with flying carpets, button-nosed tortoises, magic phoenix birds - and two very villainous princes.See all Product description
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And don't be put off. Despite the otherwise helpful review "A mere shadow of its former self" and others like it, these complaints are out of date. This new 2015 Edition is in fact the beloved 1966 text not the cut-down 1975 version, and while not the 1937 original is the one that we all know and love.
Confused ? I blame Amazon for displaying the different editions of a book, and therefore their comments, all together. This can be helpful, but not here. I splashed out on the Kindle copy just to find out and I was delighted to find not only the story I know by heart, but also the Edward Ardizzone illustrations, perfectly rendered even on a Kindle.
My only quibble is that they (Faber and Faber?) took out all the Extra Capitalisation. It must have been a Sub-Editor with a Perfect Knowledge of Proper Grammar but none of Reading Aloud. It is only without them that you realise how the author's lavish capitals forced you to adopt the perfect rhythm with due gravitas and dry humour. Still, this is the return of an old friend.
This book is a jewel, a real gem. My children have a small flock of hens named after the wonderful characters - Widow Twankey, Silver Bud, Rub Dub Ben Thud, Abu Ali (the cockerel), Tintac Ping Foo, Small Slave - on and on. Langley's imagination was sublime.
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Read it to my children some 30yrs ago and am enjoying it again on my own. Should be a film.
The Land of Green Ginger is a wonderful children's book, and as an...Read more