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Ali Baba and The Fourty Thieves: Reloaded

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Ali Baba's life was far from fantastic. A small house in the poorest part of Mumbai, a loving son, and his own autorickshaw - that was his world...
'Till one day, he accidentally stumbles upon the secret stash of a gang of forty thieves. What follows is a storm that changes his life completely. One little dip into the pile, and Ali Baba brings on more trouble than he had bargained for, as he finds that the robbers aren't ones to take things lightly. They are dangerous, armed, ...

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Overview

Ali Baba's life was far from fantastic. A small house in the poorest part of Mumbai, a loving son, and his own autorickshaw - that was his world...
'Till one day, he accidentally stumbles upon the secret stash of a gang of forty thieves. What follows is a storm that changes his life completely. One little dip into the pile, and Ali Baba brings on more trouble than he had bargained for, as he finds that the robbers aren't ones to take things lightly. They are dangerous, armed, and cunning. And while Ali Baba himself isn't a greedy man, the secret doesn't stay with him...
This thrilling graphic novel recreates the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights in contemporary times.

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Editorial Reviews

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The classic tale is newly dressed up as a graphic novel and transferred to modern Mumbai. Hewing fairly closely to the original’s storyline, Mukherjee casts Ali Baba as a cab driver, the clever slave girl who repeatedly saves his hide as an aspiring young dancer named Marjeena, and the thieves as heavily armed bank robbers in suits and shades. . . . A properly melodramatic rendition that doesn’t take itself too seriously." Kirkus Reviews

"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature." — Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

"Handled [the violence] perfectly.... Wonderful, with a modern appeal that will please tween and teen audiences." — Jennifer, No Flying No Tights

Library Journal
Scholars debate whether the character of Ali Baba came from the earliest One Thousand and One Nights collections, but it's certainly one of the best known and most family-friendly tales of the bunch. In the usual version, Ali Baba is a woodcutter who happens to glimpse thieves visiting their treasure cave and through a combination of cleverness and helpful collaborators manages to take advantage of them. This modern reload puts Ali Baba behind the steering wheel of a Mumbai taxi, an auto rickshaw. The 40 thieves he stumbles across have masterminded a bank robbery and hidden 50 kilos of gold bars in a truck-size storage container; "open sesame" is the password to the computerized security lock. His updated family reflects the traditional characters: greedy brother, conniving but loveable sister-in-law, and pretty Marjeena, the kitchen help, whose smarts save everyone's skins at the end. And as in the original, Marjeena marries Ali Baba's son. VERDICT With engaging contemporary characters, stylishly angular color art, and minimal violence, this version of the classic tale will appeal to adults along with teens and older tweens who like picaresque urban adventure with a Mideast vibe.—M.C.
Kirkus Reviews

The classic tale is newly dressed up as a graphic novel and transferred to modern Mumbai.

Hewing fairly closely to the original's storyline, Mukherjee casts Ali Baba as a cab driver, the clever slave girl who repeatedly saves his hide as an aspiring young dancer named Marjeena, and the thieves as heavily armed bank robbers in suits and shades. Drawn as caricatures in the crowded-together but legible panels, Ali Baba and his son Omar have appropriately hapless looks, the thieves' leader, Vladimir, is a picture of chiseled menace and the beauty Marjeena (modeled, to judge from the photo, on the author) projects an air of alert competence. The "reload" is felt in plot as well as depicted setting. The climax feels muddled, thanks to a previously unmet gent who mysteriously pops up to defuse the bombs that Vladimir sets, but Marjeena consents to marry Omar in the end rather than just being handed over. Also, the thieves are only arrested, not boiled in oil, and though Ali Baba's ne'er-do-well brother Qasim is gunned down early on with much splashing of blood, at least he isn't, as in the traditional version, chopped into quarters.

A properly melodramatic rendition that doesn't take itself too seriously.(Graphic fiction. 12-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789380741130
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 68
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in the steel city of Jamshedpur, Poulomi's introduction to the world of fantasy was through various folklores, fairytales, and mythological stories that she grew up hearing or reading. All this infused in her the desire to create her own stories. Ideas turned to scribbles, scribbles to sentences, finally flowing together to shape up as short stories. Her first piece of writing was for Voices in The Statesman. She also worked as a copywriter and brand communication person.
Poulomi now works with a leading media group and pursues various other creative writing projects as well.

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