I love the concept of this - taking a classic story and giving it a fresh lease of life. It shows that stories can fuel peoples imaginations in endless ways.
We asked our 11 year old, J to read and review the book. Here's what he had to say:
Jafar takes over the whole city and its up to Aladdin to save the day.
Aladdin the street rat unexpectedly bumps into Princess Jasmine when she escapes from the palace. She doesn't want to get married in an arranged marriage to please her father.
Aladdin then gets put in prison because he met with Princess Jasmine. He meets an old man who leads him to a cave where the magical lamp is. It turns out that the old man is Jafar in disguise. Jafar uses the genie in the lamp to become sultan and to become most powerful sorcerer in the world. Jafar uses his wishes for evil. With Princess Jasmine leading, the street rats are rebelling against Jafar.
Will Jasmine find a way to overthrow Jafar? What will happen to the genie?
J's review has certainly got me interested in reading it. I did make a start on the book but J being a far speedier reader than me soon overtook me. From the pages that I did read, I was really impressed with the style of writing. Not too advanced for the target age group and yet introducing interesting words and plenty of description to capture the imagination.
This book is the first in a trilogy of twisted tales and I can't wait to see more from Paper Rocket.
Disclosure: We were sent a copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own.