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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
     

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

by James Riordan, Shelley Fowles (Illustrator)
 

Sinbad's adventures are the most fantastic of the stories in The Thousand and One Nights. During his twenty years as a merchant adventurer, Sinbad encounters a Rookh's egg, a valley of diamonds, streams of amber, a terrifying sea-monster, an ogre's feast, the Cave of the Dead, the Old Man of the Sea and much, much more... For this vibrant retelling, James

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Sinbad's adventures are the most fantastic of the stories in The Thousand and One Nights. During his twenty years as a merchant adventurer, Sinbad encounters a Rookh's egg, a valley of diamonds, streams of amber, a terrifying sea-monster, an ogre's feast, the Cave of the Dead, the Old Man of the Sea and much, much more... For this vibrant retelling, James Riordan has drawn particularly on Sir Richard Burton's remarkable translation. Shelley Fowles tackles the illustrations with gusto and her comic touch gives these classic stories a highly contemporary feel.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Vivid and pacy.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

The legendary journeys of the restless sailor, whose adventures are found in Western translations of The Arabian Nights , contain stories of mythical beasts, harrowing adventures, and marvelous riches. Riordan's retellings are imaginative and accessible without being oversimplified. Fowles's pen-and-ink and acrylic illustrations are colorful and merry. Two of the stories refer to foreigners (including cannibals) as "dark-skinned men," which detract from the otherwise fluid narratives. An afterword about the stories and a glossary are welcome additions. The endpapers are full-color stylized maps, and libraries would do well to find alternatives to covering them up.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA

Kirkus Reviews
Here Riordan recasts the Sinbad chapter in his Tales from the Arabian Nights (1983) for a younger audience, and Fowles adds comic notes with small, jewel-toned watercolor illustrations done in an appealingly childlike style. The language may not be as ornate or atmospheric as is customary in older versions, but even in the third-person, the melodrama remains: "One moment Sinbad's eyes were shining with joy. The next ... he froze in terror. Coiled about the diamonds were hundreds of squirming snakes big enough to swallow a caravan of camels." Closing with a historical note and a thumbnail version of the covering story of Shahrazad, this iteration of the itchy-footed merchant's misadventures captures the requisite sense of wonder, but John Yeoman's Seven Voyages of Sinbad, illustrated by Quentin Blake (1996), is still at least a match for child appeal. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845075316
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.01(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

James Riordan has traveled the world collecting folktales and has published over thirty volumes of tales from different countries. The Twelve Labours of Hercules won the UK Reading Association Award 1998. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Surry and Visiting Professor at the University of Worcester, as well as holding honorary degrees from Birmingham, London, Moscow and Grenoble. He regularly reviews children's books for The Times., and his autobiography, Comrade Jim: the spy who played for Spartak, was published in 2008 by Fourth Estate.Shelley Fowles was born in South Africa. She is currently working on her M.A. in Illustration at the University of Brighton, specialising in folk and fairy tales. Her first book was The Bachelor and the Bean (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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