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The Land of Green Ginger (Faber Children's Classics S.) (original 1937; edition 2001)

by Noel Langley

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The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley (1937)

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Very funny fable/adventure for ages 8-12 and young-at-heart adults.
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  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Aladdin's son Abu Ali, who talks from birth, has to break a spell when he grows up. Full of irony and humour (and lots of political incorrectness) it's a delightful romp with a satisfying ending. Wonderful to read aloud. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Can't find my old original copy but picked this up in a charity shop. It doesn't read quite right - and I have discovered that this is a 1975 re-write which is not as good as the 1966 one I have had since a child. Perhaps it will turn up.... The whimsy stays just on the right side and the pace is great. I still don't like Edward Ardizzone's illustrations. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
A wonderful romp of a fairy tale, wherein Abu Ali must help a Magician among other tasks, in order to win the hand of the fair Princess Silver Bud. ( )
3 vote eleanorigby | Oct 6, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156792333X, Paperback)

This beloved classic is a funny, clever, and original novel that opens with Aladdin - now Emperor of China - trying to decide what to name his new son, a child who won't stop talking and is already far too articulate for his own good. The Genie of the Lamp announces that Abu Ali should be the child's name and that his destiny is to rescue the magician who created the Land of Green Ginger - a sort of fabulous floating garden - and then turned himself into a Button-Nosed Tortoise by mistake. Abu Ali is told he is the only one who can find the peripatetic island, locate the Button-Nosed Tortoise, and reverse the spell. And so begins a series of adventures that invoke a memorable cast of characters, some despicable, some feckless, and some (no surprise) beautiful and feisty.

It's all here - Flying Carpets, Green Dragons, Magic Phoenix Birds, Boomalakka Wee, the dysfunctional infant son of the Genie of the Lamp, the displaced mouse who was supposed to have been a donkey, even Omar Khayyam himself. It all adds up to a fantastical tale of adventure and mayhem, fabricated by the screenwriter of The Wizard of Oz and illustrated by the inimitable and beloved Edward Ardizzone.

The Land of Green Ginger was first published in 1937, revised and expanded in 1966, and republished again in 1975, the text on which this edition is based.

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While deciding on a name for his talkative new son, Aladdin, now Emperor of China, is told by the Genie of the Lamp that the child is to be named Abu Ali and that his destiny is to rescue the magician who created a floating garden known as the Land of Green Ginger.… (more)

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