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Tal: His Marvelous Adventures With Noom-Zor-Noom [Hardcover]

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The story of Tal, a little orphan, and the adventures that befell him on the amazing journey to the land of Troom. His companions were the wise old man, Noom-Zor-Noom, and Millitinkle, the talking donkey, whose caustic comments enlivened the journey.

In the evening, after the exciting experiences of each day were over, Noom-Zor-Noom told Tal and Millitinkle wondrous tales of adventure on sea and land, of high romance, of hairbreadth escape, of miracles and magic. These tales recall the glamour and atmosphere of the Arabian Nights.

Tal is a very real boy, ragged and mischievous. All young people will envy him his marvelous adventures, which are told in a way that make it seem probable that they might happen to any girl or boy.

There is beauty and suspense in this story, which builds up to a thrilling climax when the three travellers reach the court of King Tazzarin of Troom, and Tal's real identity is revealed.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   305
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 10, 2001
Publisher   Purple House Press
ISBN  1930900082  
ISBN13  9781930900080  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Action & Adventure
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic

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Best Loved  Mar 26, 2008
I read this book every other month from the time I was 10 until I moved to another city and could not find it any more (age 21). My mother found a copy for me and I read it to my children (now 21 and 15), sent a copy to my brother for his kids and just recommended it to a co-worker. Our copy holds a place of honor on our bookshelf and is still read and enoyed on a regular basis.

A wonderful book full of adventures for any child - any age or gender.
one of the best children's chapter book ever  Jan 19, 2008
As a teacher I have read this book many many times to students. The children are so in love with the story they don't want to miss a single day of school for fear of missing any of it. I have also always found that upon reading the final word, the response is, "can we read it again?". This is truly a unique and special story that I have read to first, second and third graders. I am so thankful it is back in print as my original copy was a very worn photo copied version of a much earlier publication.
A Dumbed Down Arabian Nights  Jan 30, 2007
Purple House Press is a reprint publisher of classic children's books who first caught my attention by reprinting no less than FIVE of my favorite books from my childhood, all long out of print until they came along. After grabbing them (for MY children... seriously... why do you doubt me?) I began to try out other books from their catalog. This book, which I'd never heard of before, was my first Purple House Press disappointment.

As my review title indicates, this book uses the familiar Arabian Nights or 1001 Nights structure: a frame story justifies the telling of a number of otherwise unrelated and unconnected stories. However, while the Arabian Nights contain stories of widely varying origin, widely varying length, widely varying styles, widely varying quality, and widely varying (though unknown) authorship, all the stories in "Tal" are the work of one man and are mostly of about the same length, which results in a certain overall "sameness" that grows irritating. In addition the magic in Mr. Cooper's stories is of the "Anything Can Happen For Any Reason Or No Reason And Usually Does" variety. Plus it doesn't help that Mr. Cooper's stories for the most part not only lack anything resembling a "moral", which is quite forgivable, but also for the most part lack anything resembling a "point", which really is not. That I was able to guess correctly the "surprise ending" immediately I heard the premise without even trying was another negative. In short my reaction at the end of each chapter was something on the order of, "That's it?" I kept waiting to be enchanted, but I never was. Maybe small children will be able to get more out of it; I shall try it on my own at some point; but I'm not a great believer in the idea that something that bores an adult will fascinate a small child. In my experience what fascinates my children also fascinates me, at least the first dozen or so times!

Ruth Reeves' striking illustrations cannot save it, and frankly IMHO the best part of the book is Henry Cooper's new introduction, which among other things recounts the from today's point of view utterly silly attack on fairy tales by child psychologists after WWII, which lasted into the '70s. If you disagree with my opinion and own an older edition, this informative new introduction is reason enough to purchase the Purple House reprint of Tal: His Marvelous Adventures With Noom-Zor-Noom.
Wonderful book for boys as well as girls  May 13, 2006
I grew up on this book, which is filled with the most wonderful and imaginative stories. Twelve years later, I still enjoy it. The stories in this book are like none you've ever read, and it has a tale of every kind. I'm so glad to see it back in print; as soon as my niece can read she's going to be getting a copy.
Beloved Book  Mar 16, 2005
When I was in 3rd grade our beloved teacher, Mrs. Oldack, had to retire due to illness. But she came to school once a week just to read this book to us. We loved it. It was out of print then and her copy was falling apart, but she wouldn't have it rebound because we loved to pass the wonderful pictures around. I have a copy of the book, inscribed by the author, and it's one of my most cherished possessions. There is so much fantasy and adventure in the story that I think even children who love computer games would enjoy it. I'm so glad it's available.

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