Abu and the 7 Marvels

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From the land of genies and their magical feats comes this enchanting twist on the traditional quest tale. Abu, a young peasant, sets off with the most ancient genie in his country's domain in search of the seven marvels of the world in order to prove himself worthy of the hand of a beautiful princess. With cunningly crafted prose, gorgeous illustrations, and unique characters, this novel reveals itself to be no ordinary genie tale. From an unraveling flying carpet and ever-encroaching henchmen to a land made of ...
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Overview

From the land of genies and their magical feats comes this enchanting twist on the traditional quest tale. Abu, a young peasant, sets off with the most ancient genie in his country's domain in search of the seven marvels of the world in order to prove himself worthy of the hand of a beautiful princess. With cunningly crafted prose, gorgeous illustrations, and unique characters, this novel reveals itself to be no ordinary genie tale. From an unraveling flying carpet and ever-encroaching henchmen to a land made of sweets and a city under the sea, this tale takes readers on a daring journey of true love, bravery, glittering treasure, and intrigue.
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Editorial Reviews

Creature Feature
Gorgeously illustrated by William Stout, (Matheson's) tale is of adventure, humor, intrigue, friendship, true love and self-discovery. Destined to become a classic.
Lisa DuMond
ABU is absolutely delightful... Here is entertainment for all ages, for generations to come. (William Stout's) vivid illustrations range from the breathtakingly beautiful... to the shocking. This is a perfect book for parent and child to read and enjoy together...
— Black Gate, MEviews.com
Midwest Book Review
...Though listed as a children's fairy tale, which it is, adults will also enjoy Abu and The 7 Marvels. The story line is filled with action, heroism, and a deep cast who make magic and otherworldly gems seem real. Readers will have a good time whether they are an adult reading alone or to a child, or just a youngster flying solo on a ragged magic carpet into the world of Richard Matheson as cleverly illustrated by William Stout
Myshelf.com
With the sure touch of a master, Matheson creates unique characters to be remembered forever, and a funny, exciting story to be read over and over again... This tale takes readers on a magical journey of true love, bravery, glittering treasure, and intrigue..It will certainly become a classic.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Really outstanding fairy tales please all ages...Whimsical and diabolically clever, this sure-to-be-classic follows a humble Persian boy, Abu, as he seeks to win the heart of the lovely Princess Alicia, while jealous Grand Vizier Zardak, his rival for her affections, schemes to keep them apart.
Tony Isabella
..Matheson's tale is charming, inventive, suitable for all ages, and even comes with a positive message about what's truly important in life...
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Publishers Weekly
Really outstanding fairy tales please all ages, especially ones that pop out of magic bottles (or small press publishers) when you least expect them. Whimsical and diabolically clever, this sure-to-be classic follows a humble Persian boy, Abu, as he seeks to win the heart of lonely Princess Alicia, while jealous Grand Vizier Zardak, his rival for her affections, schemes to keep them apart. The evil Zardak convinces Alicia's father that Abu must first seek outrageous tokens (named by a very sleepy Royal Wizard) from the Seven Marvels of the World. Joining Abu on his possibly impossible quest are a cranky, moth-eaten has-been genie, who provides constant comic relief, and Abu's little brother, Mut, who tags along for the ride. Stout brings to stunning visual life the exotic Arabian Nights landscape populated by amazing creatures, in the best tradition of W.W. Denslow's original Oz illustrations as well as some of Arthur Rackham's soft-color work. Matheson (I Am Legend, etc.) imbeds some timeless moral lessons in a tale that never verges on the saccharine. In one Willy Wonka-ish episode, some children escape being transformed into Kandy Kids by the mean Candy Witch, who herself turns to candy: "Her horrid helpers, seeing this, leaped forward, howling, and began to break her into tiny bits. Scuttling away, they devoured the fragments with greedy smackings of their lips." Inspired by a story originally conceived by Matheson and William F. Nolan 40 years ago, this gem should not be missed. (Apr.) Forecast: Matheson, one of the giants of the SF/fantasy field, and Stout, whose book The Little Blue Brontosaurus was the basis for the film The Land Before Time, make an irresistible combination. Conventional children's publishers may have passed on this story because it seemed old-fashioned, but astute filmmakers ought to recognize the potential here for an animated feature film in the irreverent tradition of Shrek. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Princess Alicia, daughter of Sultan Kasim El-Haroud, has rejected all of her one hundred and thirty seven suitors. Dowries comprised of diamonds, emeralds, palaces and kingdoms have not lured her. She is looking for neither a Prince or a Caliph, only someone who will love and care for her. Her exasperated father leaves matters in the hands of the Grand Vizier¾to find an eligible match for his daughter. However Zarduk, the evil Grand Vizier, has his own plans. He wishes to marry the Princess himself and control the kingdom. Abu, a lowly woodcutter, has long loved the Princess. When he attempts to seek the Princess's hand in marriage, the jealous Zarduk convinces the Sultan to test Abu's worth. Abu must quest for the seven marvels of the world, and bring back a token from each. A crotchety old genie and a magic rug come to Abu's aid during this quest, and help him learn important lessons along the way. Reminiscent of the story "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," the central theme of this tale is also similar to stories from many parts of the world. A tightly woven plot and lavish illustrations make this book indispensable to any collection of multi-cultural books. 2002, Gauntlet Press, $21.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: Shalini Murthy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887368490
  • Publisher: Gauntlet, Incorporated CO
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Limited
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 580,700
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    children¿s fairy tale that adults will also enjoy

    Along time ago in Northern Persia, Sultan Kasem El-Haroud advertises for a spouse for his daughter Alicia. One-hundred-thirty-seven suitors including wealthy princes and caliphs clamor for the prize, but in spite of their gifts of gold and diamonds, Alicia says no one hundred-thirty-seven times. She informs her frustrated father that she would rather be a hermit because love is just a little bit better than the trinkets. <P>Grand Vizier Zardak arranges for his henchmen, Horrible and Terrible, to dress up as a lion so he can rescue Alicia and gain her hand in marriage. When a real lion arrives, Zardak deserts Alicia. Abu the woodcutter rescues the princess. Both instantly fall in love, but Zardak persuades Kasem that a woodcutter must prove the equal of a sultan¿s daughter. Abu agrees to go on the quest to obtain tokens of the 7 marvels of the world to prove his love for Alicia. Accompanied by his younger brother and a tired old genie, Abu begins the adventure that either will make him the 67,3831/2 failure or a legend of love. <P> Though listed as a children¿s fairy tale, which it is, adults will also enjoy ABU AND THE 7 MARVELS. The story line is filled with action, heroism, and a deep cast who make magic and otherworldly gems seem real. Readers will have a good time whether they are an adult reading alone or to a child, or just a youngster flying solo on a ragged magic carpet into the world of Richard Matheson as cleverly illustrated by William Stout. <P>Harriet Klausner

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