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Ghaddar the Ghoul and Other Palestinian Stories

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Why do snakes eat frogs? What makes a man-eating ghoul turn vegetarian? And how can a woman make a bored prince smile? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in this delicious anthology of Palestinian folk tales collected and retold by Sonia Nimr. A wry sense of humour runs through the characterful women, genial tricksters and mischievous animals who ma ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published February 4th 2007)
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Emma Reed
Jul 17, 2014 Emma Reed rated it really liked it
This is a charming, interesting and easy read (designed for children) with nice illustrations and a witty tone.
Graham
Dec 28, 2012 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the 100th book in the reading challenge; a book that I found in a tiny bookshop in a back street of Winchester. How can you turn down a book that starts with Ghadddar the Ghoul and his magic three hairs, and then goes on to talk about dreams, magic horses and glowing feathers, dancing jasmine and singing water, the reasons for snakes eating frogs, foxes outwitting wolves, and the wonderfully surreal story that starts and ends with lies. Great for bedtime reading; great to have more stories t ...more
Yumi Learner
Oct 09, 2012 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing
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A couple of days ago I read this book. The book has a lot of mythologies from an Arabic country. When I read the stories, I felt very nostalgic because the mythologies and Japanese ones were so similar. They reminded me of my mom reading me a lot of Japanese stories when I was a kid. They also reminded me of me reading my daughter them.
I like reading mythologies because they are always Falstaffian.
Leonca
Oct 10, 2014 Leonca rated it it was amazing
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A delightful, light-hearted collection full of heroes and humor. I especially enjoyed the stories featuring ghouls. It always cracks me up how quickly they turn from wanting to eat you alive to talking politely when you do something nice for them.
Reham
Nov 30, 2012 Reham rated it it was amazing
I already know most of the stories told, but never get to read them in such a book, in which they're written very beautifully and simply. I admire such works that help preserving our folk heritage.
Shaun
Jun 02, 2013 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun stuff. Folk tales from other cultures is always a blast to read. The only real problem I have with this collection is that it's too short.
Shaun
Feb 14, 2015 Shaun rated it liked it
This was a fun and interesting collection of folk tales. Great material for anyone interested in stepping outside the western cannon.
Benjamin
Jan 19, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of Palestinian folk tales. Many of them had me laughing out loud, which happens rarely.
Aischa
Nov 10, 2010 Aischa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. An nice little book of Palestinian stories. Cute size;cute illustrations.
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