The Genie in the Book

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Having your deepest wish granted isn't easy!
First the bad news: Ten-year-old Will Parrish knows that he's in for a bummer of a summer — his parents can't join him and his little sister Maddy on their annual visit to Grandma's at the beach, Grandma has a broken ankle, and Jerome, Will's incorrigible cousin, is spoiling for trouble — for which Will is often blamed. The good news: Will is staying in his mother's old room, which is filled with her childhood books. Leafing through ...

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Overview

Having your deepest wish granted isn't easy!
First the bad news: Ten-year-old Will Parrish knows that he's in for a bummer of a summer — his parents can't join him and his little sister Maddy on their annual visit to Grandma's at the beach, Grandma has a broken ankle, and Jerome, Will's incorrigible cousin, is spoiling for trouble — for which Will is often blamed. The good news: Will is staying in his mother's old room, which is filled with her childhood books. Leafing through The Arabian Nights, Will inadvertently releases a kindly genie who insists upon granting Will's deepest wish. But — what is Will's greatest wish?
A delightfully freewheeling fantasy, Will's adventures are inspired by such well-known and well-loved classics as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and the books of Edward Eager. In Cindy Trumbore's appealing first novel, young readers, along with Will, Maddy, and Jerome, have a summer as exciting as any they have ever read about!

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Every English teacher knows that books are magical places, but until now, no one meant it literally. When Will Parrish opens up a copy of Arabian Knights, his dreams really do come true thanks to a book genie named Homer. Homer was punished by a capricious king and trapped in a book until he granted a thousand people their heart's deepest wish and Will is number one thousand. Trouble is, Will does not know what his heart's deepest wish is. This is a delightful little story about children looking for adventure. The characters are realistic, the genie non-threatening, and the illustrations humorous. Even the ending, which is predictable, works with the rest of the book. The text poses little challenge and is broken up into short chapters. For students who are having comprehension problems, this would be a valuable book. While the book is labeled a middle grades book, it really is not appropriate for readers above a sixth grade level. 2004, Handprint Books, Ages 8 to 11.
—Heather Mason
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A bookish genie adds zing to a ten-year-old's summer vacation, and also helps out in a family crisis, in this improbable but engaging fantasy. It's looking like a dull stay at Grandma's for Will, until he opens an old copy of Arabian Nights and summons a green giant named Homer (as in the poet), who offers to grant his heart's wish in exchange for freedom. While Will tries to figure out what his heart's wish might be, Homer obligingly calls upon his own reading of National Velvet and other classics to grant several minor wishes: providing real horses for a birthday party; turning Will, his little sister, and his reckless cousin into fish and then into a hot jazz trio; and finally, in a massively contrived climax, rescuing the coffee shop that Will's parents own from an unscrupulous competitor. Alley's chapter-head drawings capture the tale's amiable tone as the young folk come through for each other, getting into pickles but no real danger while the grownups remain (somehow) oblivious. And once Will realizes that that was all he wanted, too, Homer flies free. Entertaining. (Fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593540425
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/23/2004
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Trumbore is an editor and author of classroom materials in reading and language arts for children. While she has written several books of nonfiction for the classroom, The Genie in the Book is her first work of fiction for children. She was born in M

R.W. Alley says he now spends his days exactly as he did when he was ten years old — telling stories and drawing pictures. He conducts these activities from his home in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he lives with his family.

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