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I like to consider myself pretty lucky given the time period when I grew up. As a kid in the 90’s I got to experience some of the best Disney films of all time! Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin were films we watched over and over again. And soon we’ll get to experience Aladdin in a whole new way when the live action film comes out!
I personally am excited to see this new movie from the previews. It looks both exciting and funny, it has the wonderful music we know and love, and Jasmine’s outfits have me swooning. I know I have to wait until May for this movie, but in the meantime I’m able to get my Aladdin fix from a new book that just came out!
Aladdin: Far from Agrabah is a fun take on the story we know and love. It picks up right when Aladdin is taking Jasmine out on their magic carpet ride – but it turns out that there’s a lot more to this quick trip around the world than meets the eye. Aladdin and Jasmine will learn a lot not only about themselves but the world around them during the adventures they take.
I loved Aisha Saeed’s take on the characters. To put your own spin on classic characters who are well loved by fans is not an easy task, but Aladdin and Jasmine feel like the people I know while still having some new and interesting sides to them. Jasmine in particular is extremely intelligent and ambitious, with dreams of being sultana and ruling her kingdom justly.
In some ways it reminded me of the Beauty and the Beast novel, Lost in the Book. It takes a story we are already familiar with and inserts a new tale that we didn’t realize could be happening. In Lost in a Book it’s Belle’s adventures in the library, and in Far from Agrabah it’s Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet ride. This story could fit in right in the middle of the movie and doesn’t really disrupt the canon at all, which is pretty cool.
As a children’s librarian I was familiar with Aisha Saeed’s work, particularly with the novel Amal Unbound. That’s been a popular one, so I’m definitely excited to add Far from Agrabah to our library collection as well!
As a book lover I also happen to have an online Disney Book Club – right now we are finishing up a non-fiction title about the history of the Disney company, but we are always looking for new books and I think this one might be a great suggestion. The book club organizer and librarian in me couldn’t help jotting down discussion questions as I read, so I thought I would also share them with you in case anyone else wants to host their own book club discussion on this title:
SHINING, SHIMMERING, SPLENDID!
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- a copy of Aladdin: Far from Agrabah,
- a glittery cosmetics case and set of makeup brushes.
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