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***Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

retold by Philip Pullman

illustrated by Sophy Williams

Reviewed October 31, 2005.
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic), New York, 2005.  72 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 398.22 PUL).

This is in the nonfiction section because it’s a retelling of a traditional tale, so it goes in the folktales section.  Besides, it’s got more text than most picture books.  Although it does have big, beautiful pictures, they aren’t on every page.

You know the story of Aladdin, though perhaps not the original tale without the silly three wishes inserted by Disney.  Philip Pullman gives us the tale with all the flair of a great storyteller.  He’s not afraid to add personality and details to his narrative, and the result is captivating.

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