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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad
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Graphic Revolve

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad: Graphic Novel

by Martin Powell
Illustrated by Daniel Ferran

The story of Sinbad the Sailor, who sets sail in search of great riches and discovers even greater adventures. On his seven treacherous voyages, the Persian explorer braves a shipwreck, fights off savage cannibals, and battles a giant Cyclops, surviving to tell his legendary tales.

Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile LevelGN420L
ATOS Level3.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #137808
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Revolve
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count72
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $28.65 School/Library Price


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

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

The Graphic Classroom Blog - Kevin Hodgson

"STORY REVIEW When I was a kid, I used to walk to the one-dollar movie theater in our town every weekend to catch the matinees, and one of my favorite movies was Sinbad the Sailor. THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD is a version of those stories, and like the movie it seems a bit short on story. It occurred to me as I was reading this graphic novel that to cram seven stories into a single book might not have been such a great idea. We barely sink our teeth into one adventure when, suddenly, Sinbad finds a way to survive calamity and is off on another adventure. Of course, so much of the THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD is stolen from The Odyssey, which is fine (heck, everyone steals from Homer). I just feel as if Sinbad deserves a larger canvas for his daring personality, his huge heart and his ability to withstand all sorts of danger. I guess you could view THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD as an introduction to the character more than a definitive collection of stories. ART REVIEW The artwork in this Stone Arch book is high quality, full of color and differentiated spreads that highlight monsters and the bravery of Sinbad on his seven adventures. One page stuck out for me. When Sinbad is trapped on an island of elephants and forced to consider killing one for its tusk, the elephant king looms large on the entire page, showing the size and power of the animal. This was very effective and is indicative of the art by Ferran. IN THE CLASSROOM For readers who love adventure, THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD is a nice addition to the classroom library in the elementary classroom. Stone Arch books again does a nice job of providing “extras” at the end of the novel, so that students can learn more about the Arabian Nights series of stories (this book is one of a collection of Arabian Night graphic novels) and real-world explorers such as Magellan and Ponce de Leon. A set of discussion questions and writing prompts is also a handy resource for teachers. MY RECOMMENDATION I recommend SINBAD, but mostly for the entertainment value. I wish there was more depth to the stories and characters. THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD could use a few more years at sea, so to speak. But it is appropriate for elementary and middle school classrooms." - The Graphic Classroom Blog

March 20, 2011

Martin Powell

Martin Powell

Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.

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