Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Dewey: 741.5
This title covers these subjects:  Arabs -- FolkloreFairy talesFolklore -- Arab countries

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Paperback)

by Matthew K Manning

Stone Arch Books
The story of Ali Baba, a young Persian boy who discovers a cave filled with gold and jewels, the hidden treasures of forty deadly thieves. Unfortunately, his greedy brother, Kassim, cannot wait to get his hands on the riches. Returning to the cave, he is captured by the thieves and killed, and now the evil men want revenge on Ali Baba as well.

Reading Level: 2-3
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile Level: GN 230L
Accelerated ReaderATOS Level: 2.6
AR Points: 0.5
AR Quiz Number: 137806

ISBN:  9781434227768 / 1-4342-2776-6
Publisher:  Stone Arch Books
Brand:  Graphic Revolve
Copyright: 2011
Language: English
Page Count:  72
Page Dimensions:  6 x 9
Binding:  Paperback

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2011 Books of Note


School Library Journal - Travis Jonker

These classic stories have been given a modern graphic-novel update, making them fresh for new audiences. Ali Baba tells the story of a poor man who happens upon a secret cave filled with treasure, protected by a band of robbers. When his brother tries to take riches from the cave, he is killed by the 40 thieves, who then turn their attention to putting an end to Ali Baba. In Sinbad, the famous sailor recounts his miraculous travels to a beggar before giving him the riches to set out on his own adventures. While the stories move quickly, liberties are taken with details of the stories. This extreme abridgement occasionally leads to some confusion. Back matter, including a brief history of the original story, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary, provide classroom-connection opportunities. The artwork is as comics-inspired as it gets–all dramatic poses and forced perspective. These interpretations may succeed in introducing Ali Baba and Sinbad to new readers. While they aren’t without fault, they serve their purpose.

March 1, 2011

Library Media Connection - LJ Martin

The plot lines in these titles are choppy and contain only the bare minimum details. The illustrations are colorful, focus on the characters, and are necessary for the story to make sense. Each book starts out with an illustration of important characters and their names, but no descriptions. There are discussion questions and writing prompts at the end of each story. These books would be good for students who are interested in these stories but would need lower level, graphic books to keep their interest. Additional Selection

March 1, 2011

Teacher Librarian - Joe Sutliff Sanders

When Ali Baba accidentally overhears the password that leads to a stolen fortune, he opens the door to treasures – and revenge. This sturdily bound edition of the classic story has rich colors and dramatic pacing, sweeping the characters effortlessly from success to danger to intrigue to justice. But as stirring as the images are, the real delight of this book lies in the portrait of Ali Baba’s humble family as they outwit the murderous thieves.

April 1, 2011

Back to Books Blog - Nicola

A retelling of the famous Arabian Nights tale in which the phrase "open sesame" originates. A detailed retelling that manages to keep all the gruesome violent bits of the original tale while keeping the story family friendly. Recommended for ages 10-14 by the publisher I tend to agree as the violent bits while not actually shown are alluded to through words and images, leaving the goriness to the imagination. There is one scene with a pool of blood. Written at a 3.0 Reading Level, this will be great for readers of that grade and will make a fantastic hi-low reader. I appreciate a retelling that can stay with the original tale and think Manning & Osnava have done a wonderful job in doing so without showing the gory bits. My only dissatisfaction with this one is that I'm not entirely pleased with the illustrations. While done in the typical comic-book/cartoon style I found the faces and facial expressions awkward and stiff. Otherwise, I'd love to read the other three books in this series. 4/5

January 19, 2011

SLJ's Good Comics for Kids blog - Esther Keller

Simply retold so that it is accessible to young or struggling readers, this will appeal to anyone looking for tales from afar. . . .The colorful panels will keep reluctant readers’ eyes peeled to the page.  . . .Given its availability, this has its place in a library’s collection.  And parents looking to hook their young readers on the Arabian Nights will do well to introduce them through this series.

August 2, 2012

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Patricia Wooster

Manning retells this story with lots of entertaining dialogue. Osnaya's graphic illustrations are vivid and emotional. . . .Readers will enjoy reading these ancient tales with a modern twist.

August 1, 2012

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