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Tal: His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The story of Tal, a little orphan boy, 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 the talking donkey Millitinkle.
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published September 26th 2001 by Purple House Press (first published 1929)
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Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book to read aloud at bedtime. Best book I've read with my 2 boys in a long time! ...more
Mar 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fantasy
A good book for bedtime reading, since it's broken up into short chapters with lots of isolated stories. When I was a kid, it was a hugely popular book at school, but when I recently reread it, it didn't strike me as all that incredible. In fact, the way the old man persuades Tal into leaving his village and going on a trip with him, it almost seemed like a sinister kidnapping. The stories themselves are wildly creative, but not all that substantive. Probably what made the book so great when we ...more
Valesa Linnean
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
My 7 year old daughter begged for this book for Christmas after hearing it at school. After reading outloud my favorite childhood books, The Chronicles of Narnia, I promised to read this book to my kids. I really disliked this book and couldn't wait to finish it. My kids, age 7 and 10, loved it which is why I'm giving it 3 stars.

I far prefer my childhood favorites of Narnia, the Chronicles of Prydain, the Hobbit, a Wrinkle in Time. I also much prefer the Harry Potter series.

The nice thing is t
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read aloud book! I started out reading it to an 8 year old who kept exclaiming, “this is the best book ever!” Soon an 11 year joined us loving it just as much.
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read to my 6 and 8 year old and we all loved it so much.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
A friend's 10 year old son recommended this book to me. He said it was his favorite book and that he'd read it three times. In fact he even lent me his copy, so sure that I would enjoy it. He was absolutely right.

Tal is a wonderful fantasy about an orphan who is whisked away from his tiny village by a strange man, Noom-Zor-Noom, and a talking donkey, Millitinkle. While on their journey, they meet strange characters and see fantastical landscapes and Noom shares fairy tale-like stories with Tal.
Bethany Vedder
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a perfect read-aloud at bedtime book for my 5 and 10-year-olds, both were mesmerized, and I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter either. The stories intertwined with an epic journey make it perfect to break into chunks at night, and honestly the worlds he envisions are delightful and immensely appealing. While you might suspect the ending early on in the book, it's irrelevant as "getting there" is by far the best part. I really loved it, it's a keeper and one my boys will remember f ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting and imaginative adventure. My mom read it to me around 1st grade. We borrowed it from the school library and I loved it but when I wanted to reread it a few years later, it was out of print and I could not find a copy. The unsuccessful search for this book was my introduction to our local used book stores. Now it's available new again and I'm glad to have a copy. My first grader is really enjoying it with me. I've forgotten almost everything so it's like new to me too. ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
For 1928 SCI-Fi, I really enjoyed this. Tal must go with Noom Zor Noom to his home. On the way there he must listen to all of the stories the old wizard like man has collected from all over the world. If he chooses the "best one", then Tal will be able to save his friend's life. I loved that it had a ton of 10- 15 page short stories throughout the book! It would be a great read aloud as a family or in a middle grade classroom!
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a strange and wonderful tale that my father read to me when I was little. It was my favorite childhood story and I have since read the same book to my children. The edition I have was a gift from my father to my mother on their 1st wedding anniversary and is inscribed, "May this story bring as much joy to our future children as it did to me when I was a boy." It is still one of my all time favorite stories. ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time! Stories within stories, and magic within magic. I'm so happy I was recently given a copy of this book again. I first learned about Tal in 3rd grade, where a certain teacher read a chapter every week. Now I'm going on twenty-one, and it still has a place in my heart & on my shelf. ...more
Iris Matthews
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I somehow ended up with this book in my shelf, maybe from a little free library...anyhow, I finally picked it up and found it was a delightful, old-fashioned fairy tale. I really enjoyed the fantasy lands it brought to life. I can't wait to share it with my own boys. ...more
Ashley Twiggs
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Certainly one of the best children's books ever. It is a bit long, but it's something that can be enjoyed by adults and children. I had to steal my mother's copy because I loved it so much. I reread it all the time. ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite childhood book, as well as my mom's favorite growing up. Out of print for decades, I was thrilled when it was republished in 2001. The woodcut images are gorgeous and engrained in my memory. Rereading it as an adult, the story is a bit predictable, but still delightful. ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I haven't had story time with my kids in years, but we just finished reading this one together. At first, they thought I'd lost my mind when I suggested reading a bed-time story. But, as we got closer to the end, they were begging me to keep reading. Needless to say, it was a good one. ...more
Hannah Jackson
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best children's books we have read together. We looked forward to reading it every night and when it ended we wanted to start it over. ...more
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