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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Graphic Novel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Graphic Novel
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Graphic Novel

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.

Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Revolve
Page Count72
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List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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SLJ's Good Comics for Kids blog - Esther Keller

"Simply retold so that it is accessible to young or struggling readers, this will appeal to anyone looking for tales from afar. . . .The colorful panels will keep reluctant readers’ eyes peeled to the page.  . . .Given its availability, this has its place in a library’s collection.  And parents looking to hook their young readers on the Arabian Nights will do well to introduce them through this series." - SLJ's Good Comics for Kids blog

August 2, 2012

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Patricia Wooster

"Manning retells this story with lots of entertaining dialogue. Osnaya's graphic illustrations are vivid and emotional. . . .Readers will enjoy reading these ancient tales with a modern twist." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

August 1, 2012


Back to Books Blog - Nicola

"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. 4/5" - Back to Books Blog

January 19, 2011

School Library Journal - Travis Jonker

"These classic stories have been given a modern graphic-novel update, making them fresh for new audiences. Ali Baba tells the story of a poor man who happens upon a secret cave filled with treasure, protected by a band of robbers. When his brother tries to take riches from the cave, he is killed by the 40 thieves, who then turn their attention to putting an end to Ali Baba. In Sinbad, the famous sailor recounts his miraculous travels to a beggar before giving him the riches to set out on his own adventures. While the stories move quickly, liberties are taken with details of the stories. This extreme abridgement occasionally leads to some confusion. Back matter, including a brief history of the original story, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary, provide classroom-connection opportunities. The artwork is as comics-inspired as it gets–all dramatic poses and forced perspective. These interpretations may succeed in introducing Ali Baba and Sinbad to new readers. While they aren’t without fault, they serve their purpose." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2011


Teacher Librarian - Joe Sutliff Sanders

"When Ali Baba accidentally overhears the password that leads to a stolen fortune, he opens the door to treasures – and revenge. This sturdily bound edition of the classic story has rich colors and dramatic pacing, sweeping the characters effortlessly from success to danger to intrigue to justice. But as stirring as the images are, the real delight of this book lies in the portrait of Ali Baba’s humble family as they outwit the murderous thieves." - Teacher Librarian

April 1, 2011

Library Media Connection - LJ Martin

"The plot lines in these titles are choppy and contain only the bare minimum details. The illustrations are colorful, focus on the characters, and are necessary for the story to make sense. Each book starts out with an illustration of important characters and their names, but no descriptions. There are discussion questions and writing prompts at the end of each story. These books would be good for students who are interested in these stories but would need lower level, graphic books to keep their interest. Additional Selection" - Library Media Connection

March 1, 2011



TriState Young Adult Review Committee

2011 Books of Note

April 1, 2011

Matthew K. Manning

Matthew K. Manning

The author of the Amazon best-selling hardcover Batman: A Visual History, Matthew K. Manning has contributed to many comic books, including Beware the Batman, Spider-Man Unlimited, Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Shanties, Justice League Adventures, Looney Tunes, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? When not writing comics themselves, Manning often authors books about comics, as well as a series of young reader books starring Superman, Batman, and the Flash for Capstone. He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Dorothy and their two daughters, Lillian and Gwendolyn. Visit him online at

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