Ali Baba earns a meager living as a woodcutter. Then one day he discovers the magic words that open the door to a cavern filled with fabulous treasure. The question now is: will Ali Baba survive his good fortune?
Eric A. Kimmel and Will Hillenbrand’s highly-praised retelling of the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is now back and better than ever. Will and Eric have created a words-and-music audio track to make the reading experience come to life. Add a book trailer, video visits with Eric and Will for a “behind the scenes” look at what went into creating the story, and teacher-designed activities for further learning make The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves more than a book, it’s a value-packed book experience.
This oft-told tale is so refreshingly illustrated that it deserves this new telling. When Ali Baba discovers a cave where thieves have stashed their plunder, he takes home a modest three bags of gold. But when his rich and greedy brother attempts a grander raid, he is murdered by the thieves--who then go after Ali Baba. The story of Ali Baba's triumph over the thieves is, as ever, a great adventure, and Kimmel (The Three Princes; I Know Not What, I Know Not Where) retells it smoothly. Hillenbrand (Wicked Jack) brings to the tale a lightheartedness that should woo readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the story. Unique, mottled backdrops plus roguish caricatures artfully take the edge off the violent goings-on (beheadings, quarterings and the like). Handsome typography and skillful placement of spot art and vignettes camouflage the length of the text. A fun, breezy take on a classic. Ages 4-8.