The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Thousand Nights and One Night
In an ancient Arabic land, magic is commonplace, animals talk and genies rub shoulders with men. Here, wicked sorcerors wreak havoc before getting their just desserts, treasure is lost and found, as is love: within these tales, there are endless adventures to be had, and many lessons to learn.
Enslaved by the vengeful King Shahryar, Scheherazade invents the stories in The Thousand Nights and One Night to fascinate the king and avoid her own death. In doing so, she creates a wealth of fascinating, magical stories for us too.
The Thousand Nights and One Night are full of classic tales of intrigue, trickery, love and magic, and this beautiful collection of eight tales contains Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Sinbad the Sailor, as well as lesser known tales such as The Fisherman and the Genie and The Birds, The Beasts and the Carpenter.
Retold by David Walser with spellbinding full-page illustrations by the inimitable Jan Pienkowski, this is a magical gem that's perfect for eight- to ten-year-olds that are keen to discover the classic tales for themselves.