"Aladdin and His Magical Lamp"

Aladdin and His Magical Lamp by Katie Daynes: Book Cover

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW

Book: Aladdin and His Magical Lamp

Author: Katie Daynes

Illustrator: Paddy Mounter

Publisher: EDC Publishing, 2004

ISBN-13: 9781580865586

ISBN-10: 1580865585

Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Daynes, Katie. Aladdin and His Magical Lamp (published in 2003 by Usborne Publishing Ltd., Usborne House, 83-85 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8RT, England, and republished in the United States by EDC Publishing, 10302 E. 55th Pl., Tulsa, OK 74146). This is another one of the "Usborne Reading: Series One" books and retells the story from the Arabian Nights about Aladdin, the magic lamp, and the genie. One thing that I have noticed about Usborne fiction books for young people is that, apparently in an attempt to appeal to today’s "hip" children, the writers seem to work overtime at being a little "cute" in their wording and phraseology. Otherwise, they are quite enjoyable for young readers. Of course, if you oppose stories about magic lamps and genies, then you would want to avoid this one. However, many of us simply look at these tales as fantasy fiction.

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