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Far from Agrabah

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  37 reviews
This stunning original novel will tell an all-new story set in the world of the new film, featuring Aladdin and Jasmine. A magic carpet ride full of adventure, suspense, and wonder written by New York Times Bestselling author Aisha Saeed, this story will be a must-read for any Aladdin fans who find themselves drawn into and enchanted by the magical world of Agrabah and bey ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Disney Press
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
3.5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Disney Book Group for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

If you're familiar with the 1992 animated Disney film, you'll fall into this book fast. The story picks up after Aladdin and Genie have met, after Aladdin and Jasmine meet at the market, and once Aladdin has decided to dress up as Prince Ali of Ababwa. In fact, we're about to get on that magic carpet and venture into " a whole new world." Genie is able to think fast and create his fictional
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Far from Agrabah was a fresh take on Disney's Aladdin. It's a fun addition to the original movie, and definitely a must-read for fans! I do wish that there would've been more scenes before the start and after the end of the book, though I definitely enjoyed what I read.

Full review will be up on my blog closer to release!
Kasey Giard
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aladdin: Far From Agrabah begins with Prince Ali trying to impress Princess Jasmine and follows them through the magic carpet ride which allows her to get to know him and totally changes how she feels about him. It’s mostly off-script from the original story, something that could have happened in a deleted scene.

In the original animated movie, we don’t really get to know Jasmine very well. We learned about her desire to marry for love and her frustration at being kept apart from her kingdom. But
Becky Ginther
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 eas
Lizanne Johnson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aladdin Far From Agrabah tells the tale of Aladdin's second wish. Will Jasmine recognize Prince Ali on their travels on the magic carpet? This is a sweet story. Princess Jasmine is definitely a smart young woman who is not necessarily looking for love. She is refreshing.
Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for the ARC.
Joanna (BookandPages)
My heart.
L.H. Brown
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Refreshing & Nostalgic at the same time.

Such a good take on a Disney classic. You get a slight taste of the original movie; while also getting a completely brand new story.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Thanks to Partner NetGalley for the digital ARC of Aisha Saeed’s Aladdin: Far from Agrabah in exchange for an honest review. The book releases on April 2.

I requested Saeed’s new novel for two reasons: (1) I (and the other hosts of Unabridged) absolutely adored her own voices novel Amal Unbound, which was one of the 2018 Global Read Aloud selections, and (2) Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies ever. I can’t count the number of times my best friend and I watched that film when we were in h
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
New York Times best-selling author Aisha Saeed can show you the world, shining shimmering splendid, as well as a new fantastic point of view in her novel, Aladdin: Far From Agrabah. Beautifully set within the “A Whole New World” sequence from Disney’s animated film Aladdin, Saeed’s novel tells us the story of what might have happened if viewers were not swept up in the unforgettable tune by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. If Aladdin lacked its musical element, we would possibly see Saeed’s story unfol ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aladdin: Far From Agrabah is perfect for fans Disney's Aladdin. Aisha Saeed creatively reinvents the Disney classic we grew to love as well as retelling the original story of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. In Saeed's retelling of Aladdin, Saeed gives insight and a better understanding of the song "A Whole New World" with beyond the magic carpet ride. There is more to Aladdin besides the wonderful music Disney can provide was with.

The novel starts with
Jessica (Books: A true story)
I thought Far From Agrabah was a novelization of the new live-action Aladdin movie. It’s actually an expanded carpet ride where we get to see them fall in love and it starts in the middle of the plot of the movie. It just refers to their first meeting and we don’t see it in this story. Now I’m wondering if this story is even in the movie at all. If it’s not, you should definitely read this book because it’s a charming love story with a fairy tale adventure.

The first thing I noticed when I read F
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher, Disney Book Group, via NetGalley in exchange for my opinions.

Where did Jasmine and Aladdin go that night their Magic Carpet Ride? What happens when Jasmine wants to see Ababwa, the Kindgom where Prince Ali hails from?

This was a wonderful story about what happens that night. We already know the story of Jasmine and Aladdin from the movies, but Aisha Saeed takes in depth to the night when Aladdin, still trying to woo Jasmine, whi
Mel Bee
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I was super excited when I was chosen to get an advanced copy of this book to read and review. I grew up with the great Disney classics of the 80s and 90s and Aladdin has always been a favorite of mine. This book tells an untold story of what happens during Jasmine and Aladdin's famous carpet ride. It is in the night that is montaged for film viewers in the classic song "A Whole New World" that nearly the entire contents of the book takes place. I LOVE this concept and loved the bigger story beh ...more
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this fresh take on Aladdin. I have always been a huge fan of the movie so revisiting this world made me feel like a child again. Aladdin: Far From Agrabah is sure to be a hit with the midgrade audience. The writing was on par for mid-grade novels, and It was relatively fast-paced, One thing that I enjoyed the most was the fact that it added a new story to a classic Disney movie. I forgot how much I missed Alad
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Disney Book Group is exchange for an honest review.

I believe this story could have been enriched with starting from the actual beginning of the story that most people are familiar with. Instead of starting with how Jasmine and Aladdin meet, the reader starts out at a festival with Jasmine handing out candy to children while hopeful suitors linger around and try to impress her. Jasmine is a strong woman and wants to make a positive impact on the lives of her pe
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Disney Book Group through NetGalley.
Saeed takes the reader through what happens on the night Prince Ali and Jasmine meet and then Aladdin and Jasmine fly around the world on Magic Carpet. They see the sights and then land in Prince Ali's kingdom of Ababwa. Genie outdid himself creating an entire kingdom based on Aladdin's life and wants. The two have incredible adventures in the palace and in the kingdom.
Both Aladdin and Jasmine learn more about themselves and
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received this book as an ARC from Disney Book Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is by far one of my favorite Disney tales of all time. I am a huge fan of Aladdin and the characters so when I heard that there was a modern rendition of this classic tale, I immediately had to jump at the chance and read it. I was NOT disappointed at all. Reading this book brought Joy to my day and a smile to my face reading all about
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the story of Aladdin so I was excited to receive an ARC of this book. This story is an Aladdin retelling that focuses mainly on Aladdin’s second wish. I liked how the beginning of the story closely aligned with the actual story and how it delved into its own story. The descriptions were well done and I loved reading about the new kingdom of Ababwa. We got to see both Aladdin and Jasmine’s leadership qualities in this book. I felt the ending needed more to it as it seemed to be lacking. I ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a delight to take a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine and visit the fictional kingdom of Ababwa. Included with their story were chapters telling of other kingdoms -- some characters crossed over to interact with Aladdin and Jasmine while some did not. It seemed a bit disorganized. Also since I was viewing an ARC I missed out on all the illustrations that would have elevated the effect of the narrative. Readers who love the story of Aladdin will fall in love with this tale, but it ...more
Mrs. Porter
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Got an advance copy of this on NetGalley and at ALA Midwinter. So hard to review without spoilers, but here goes:

This book started out as a somewhat familiar retelling of Aladdin, but the gracefully detoured into a wonderfully imagined alternate adventure. This tale is by far my favorite twist on the original. The characters are vibrant and well-drawn, the settings richly detailed, and the inclusion of stories within the story was enchanting. The ending happily left room for more. So impressed.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was cute, but it wasn't Earth shattering. It asks and answers the simple question "when Aladdin and Jasmine are flying around on the carpet, what would happen if she asked to visit Ababwa, Aladdin's fictional kingdom?" That's pretty much it. There are some weird interstitial chapters that I honestly skipped half of, and a random villain introduced that was your standard Disney fare, but it was pretty meh overall.
Katie Mac
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars. I love Aisha Saeed, and I think she did a great job of making this book accessible for middle-grade readers while bringing more depth to the characters (Jasmine in particular). I don't think this book will translate as well to adults, as Saeed very much caters to her target audience, but I think it's a fun read for those who have seen the 1992 film.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jenny Claiborne
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting tale of the adventure Prince Ali and Princess Jasmine had on their magic carpet ride. "A whole new world" is given new meaning when they visit Ali's fictitious kingdom Ababwa, a fantastical place created by Genie. Lovers of Aladdin will enjoy this new twist on the old tale.
Linda Quinn
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A fresh take on Disney’s Aladdin tale where Aladdin, as Prince Ali, and Jasmine have a day-long adventure in Ababwa. Will be fun for young adults or middle grade readers.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the opportunity from NetGalley and the publisher to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I enjoy retellings of familiar stories, so I was thrilled to find Aladdin:Far from Agrabah on NetGalley, as I hadn't read an Aladdin retelling previously. This book did a perfect job of blending the familiar with the new, original story parts. Readers get to know Aladdin and Jasmine more closely, which is something I look for in retellings. Definitely recommend this
Melodie Pearse
rated it liked it
Mar 08, 2019
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