The Land of Green Ginger (Puffin Books)

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When Abu Ali is born, the genie of the lamp announces that his destiny has been foretold: he was the one chosen to break the spell of the land of Green Ginger and restore the magician - turned into a button-nosed tortoise by a spell that went wrong, to his normal shape.

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Noel Langley was born in 1911 in South Africa and became a Broadway playwright as well as an author and screenwriter. His most famous screenplay was The Wizard of Oz, but he also wrote the scripts for Scrooge, Ivanhoe and The Prisoner of Zenda. He wrote for both children and adults, and died in California in 1980.
Edward Ardizzone, born in 1900 in French Indochina, became a war artist during World War II. He illustrated more than twenty children's books including classics by Dickens, Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas and Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda series.

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One of the great children's books! --Joshua Glenn, The Boston Globe

What makes this familiar hero-undergoing-ordeals-to-win-pretty-girl plot unusually fun are the absurd supporting characters...and the skilled, playful writing. --Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

[The Land of Green Ginger] is the perfect read-aloud anti-depressant. I am very very very very pleased to announce that it is now in print in this country, in a lovely edition. . . and I must say that the pleasures of the book are in the language: Whether or not you are a fan of magic carpets and button-nosed tortoises, you will know that you need this book as soon as I tell you that one of the chief villain's lines is, "This isn't About Cheating at Chess, is it? Because I adore Cheating at Chess; I shall Continue to Cheat at Chess; and if you Dare Try to Stop Me, I shall put Glue in your Beard." --Ellen Kushner

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