Every night, King Shahryar married a new bride. Every morning, he chopped off her head. So when the lovely Sheherazade became the latest of his wives, she had to do some quick thinking to stay alive. Over a thousand and one nights, she kept the King enthralled with her storytelling, and the stories, gathered together as The Arabian Nights, have become one of the world's classics. You will find famous stories such as Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and also others such as How Many Fools? and The Keys of Destiny, which will quickly become firm favourites. Full of magic and mystery, a selection of the original Arabian Nights stories are here retold for children in a lively and robust way. Through fanciful histories, romances, tragedies, comedies, riddles and songs, the enterprising maiden Sheherazade prolongs her life by holding the king's rapt attention. With vibrant illustrations and gold highlights, The Arabian Nights offers a ride on a magic carpet into a world of adventure and excitement. Ideal to read aloud or for older readers to enjoy discovering by themselves.
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Retold by: Neil Philip is a writer, folklorist and poet. Among his many books are Poets of the Inuit, The Adventures of Odysseus, and The Tale of Sir Gawain. His work has won numerous awards. Sheila Moxley trained at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London and has illustrated many children's books. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS Sixteen stories of magical adventure including Aladdin, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Retold by Neil Philip, illustrated by Sheila Moxley