Hurray for Ali Baba Bernstein [NOOK Book]


Ali Baba is back as a fourth grader, still having adventures that only he could have. Who but Ali Baba could find the "real" Santa Claus? Or who could make such an incredible mess simply by staying at home alone for the first time?

The further adventures and misadventures of nine-year-old Ali Baba Bernstein.

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Hurray for Ali Baba Bernstein

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Ali Baba is back as a fourth grader, still having adventures that only he could have. Who but Ali Baba could find the "real" Santa Claus? Or who could make such an incredible mess simply by staying at home alone for the first time?

The further adventures and misadventures of nine-year-old Ali Baba Bernstein.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once again, Hurwitz combines humor, realism and a keen perception of childhood feelings in a well-written sequel to Ali Baba Bernstein . Protagonist David Bernstein, an individualist preferring the exotic ``Ali Baba'' to what he considers the overused ``David,'' is now in fourth grade. He loves mysteries, occasionally creating them where none exist, to very funny effect. Each chapter offers a complete and self-contained episode, which means readers can pace themselves accordingly. The chapter in which Ali Baba and a second grader, Natalie Gomez, confront a man they think is Santa Claus and drill him as to why presents are not delivered to Jewish children, will strike a chord for many readers--they will cheer for Ali Baba, and for Hurwitz. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- As readers of The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein (Morrow, 1985) already know, David is disgusted with being one of ``many David's and delighted to discover in the Arabian Nights a name that can be uniquely his.'' Ali Baba is now in fourth grade and has preserved his zest for trying the unusual. He pursues the mysterious comings and goings of his upstairs neighbor to a simple and amusing conclusion. On a shopping trip with his mother he discovers royalty, from Donut King to Sweater Palace. With his friend Roger he trails elusive circus tickets from pocket to pocket of look-alike tan raincoats. He runs home from a class trip to the public library for his forgotten library card, causing more trouble than he expected. He even meets Santa Claus (in disguise, of course) and clarifies some questions he has as a Jewish non-receiver of Santa's gifts. As always, Hurwitz writes realistically about youngsters with whom middle-class readers can identify. Ali Baba's life is a sunny one, with no big problems at home or school, just short, humorous episodes simply written to hold the interest of young readers. Most third and fourth graders will find more to discuss and enjoy in other Hurwitz books, such as Teacher's Pet (Morrow, 1988), but for her younger fans, Ali Baba is a good read. --Sylvia S. Marantz, Wellington School, Columbus, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623346591
  • Publisher: StarWalk Kids Media
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Sold by: Seymour Science
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz, the author of more than 70 popular children's books, began her career as a children's librarian working for the New York Public Library as well as school and other public libraries. Married and the mother of two grown children and grandmother of three, Johanna says that many of her books have grown out of family life or observations made during her library work. Her first book was Busybody Nora and it gradually grew into a series of fourteen books about city kids living in an apartment building. Nora and her brother Teddy as well as their neighbors Russell and Elisa interact with their neighbors and their city environment. Because they live near and play often in Riverside Park, this series was eventually named "The Riverside Kids." Each book is made up of six self-contained chapters which can be read individually or together. Other books by Johanna Hurwitz include Hot & Cold Summer and books about the three other seasons. Also Baseball Fever, The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein, Class Clown (novel and play format), Aldo Applesauce, Peewee's Tale and biographies of Anne Frank, Leonard Bernstein, Helen Keller and Astrid Lindgren. A graduate of Queens College and with a Master's Degree in Library Science from Columbia University, Ms. Hurwitz has taught courses in writing for children and storytelling. Born and raised in New York City, she has now traveled and spoken in schools and conferences in 45 states, as well as abroad in South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Hungry, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, England, Belgium and Holland.
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