Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

by Matthew K Manning
Illustrator Ricardo Osnaya

Capstone | September 1, 2010 | Reinforced Library Binding

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
The story of Ali Baba, a young Persian boy who discovers a cave filled with gold and jewels, the hidden treasures of forty deadly thieves. Unfortunately, his greedy brother, Kassim, cannot wait to get his hands on the riches. Returning to the cave, he is captured by the thieves and killed, and now the evil men want revenge on Ali Baba as well.

Format: Reinforced Library Binding

Dimensions: 32 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 in

Published: September 1, 2010

Publisher: Capstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1434219887

ISBN - 13: 9781434219886

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 11

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Graphic Retelling A retelling of the famous Arabian Nights tale in which the phrase "open sesame" originates. A detailed retelling that manages to keep all the gruesome violent bits of the original tale while keeping the story family friendly. Recommended for ages 10-14 by the publisher I tend to agree as the violent bits while not actually shown are alluded to through words and images, leaving the goriness to the imagination. There is one scene with a pool of blood. Written at a 3.0 Reading Level, this will be great for readers of that grade and will make a fantastic hi-low reader. I appreciate a retelling that can stay with the original tale and think Manning & Osnava have done a wonderful job in doing so without showing the gory bits. My only dissatisfaction with this one is that I'm not entirely pleased with the illustrations. While done in the typical comic-book/cartoon style I found the faces and facial expressions awkward and stiff. Otherwise, I'd love to read the other three books in this series.
Date published: 2011-01-19

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

by Matthew K Manning
Illustrator Ricardo Osnaya

Format: Reinforced Library Binding

Dimensions: 32 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 in

Published: September 1, 2010

Publisher: Capstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1434219887

ISBN - 13: 9781434219886

From the Publisher

The story of Ali Baba, a young Persian boy who discovers a cave filled with gold and jewels, the hidden treasures of forty deadly thieves. Unfortunately, his greedy brother, Kassim, cannot wait to get his hands on the riches. Returning to the cave, he is captured by the thieves and killed, and now the evil men want revenge on Ali Baba as well.

About the Author

Over the course of Matthew K. Manning''s writing career, he has written comics or books starring Batman, Superman, the Flash, the Justice League, and even Bugs Bunny. Some of his more recent works include the popular hardcover for Andrews McMeel Publishing entitled The Batman Files, a graphic novel retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher, and several DC Super Heroes books for Stone Arch Books. He lives in Mystic, Connecticut with his wife Dorothy and daughter Lillian.

Ricardo Osnaya is a self-taught illustrator, living and working in Mexico. Since first publishing editorial illustrations in Excelsior Magazine, Osnaya has made a name for himself as a freelance artist. He''s published the comics Burundis and Dos Guerreros and illustrated popular characters, such as the Power Rangers. Currently, Osnaya collaborates with Protobunker Studio and works as a comic and illustration instuctor at the Mexican Institute of Youth and other schools.

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 11