Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mischief in Fez” as Want to Read:
Mischief in Fez
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Mischief in Fez

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This is something of a modern Arabian Nights, except that its magic is of a gentler kind. The evil djinns play havoc with the peaceful household of Muhammed Ali until the good djinns come to the aid of Mousa, his little boy. The atmosphere of modern North African life is realistic, and the fairy tale is childlike. Fritz Eichenberg's illustrations carry out both of these ef ...more
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published 1943 by Holiday House and Junior Literary Guild
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mischief in Fez, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Mischief in Fez

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-15
Average rating 4.72  · 
Rating details
 ·  81 ratings  ·  15 reviews

Sort order
Start your review of Mischief in Fez
cEe beE
Long ago, way before the stories of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Percy Jackson, etc came along, there was an awesome little book called Mischief in Fez.

This long-out-of-print children's book has got adventure, mystery, intrigue and magic. It's hero is a little Moroccan boy named Mousa who lives with his widowed father Muhammed Ali, who is the most important judge in the city of Fez. After his father takes home a beautiful new bride, strange & mysterious things start happening in their household.
Richard Jaccoma
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book--a delicately wrought fantasy, the essence of magic realism. It is the tale of a Moroccan boy led on mystical adventures by a fennec -- a desert fox. I read Fez an untold number of times in the 4th grade; remembered it fondly over the decades; was fortunate to find a library copy a few years ago and read it with pleasure once again. I can safely state that (in my case at least) Ms. Hoffmann's book is for readers of all ages -- from 10 years to senior citizens. I should ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is a magical and enchanting story. Published in 1943, this story takes place in Fez. The author had travelled extensively in Morocco, and was familiar with life there. I'm no expert on Islam, but one thing about this book that really stands out for me is its extremely positive and sympathetic portrayal of Islam and Muslims, something so sadly lacking in media today. I love how enthusiastically Hoffmann describes life in Morocco, and her descriptions of mosques, market-places, households and ...more
Damien Hardy
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite stories when I was growing up and I would love to read this again. I remember reading this to my youngest brother, Andrew, when he was fairly young, and I believe this story was what ushered in his love of books, and his love of fantasy literature specifically. Between this short story and the movie "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" I was hooked on Middle Eastern fairy tales. ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i loved everything about this book.. my first introduction to Morocco, it's customs, the concept of a djinn, the concept of a step parent.. very interesting.. And it's interesting that I read this book as a child under the age of 10 and still recall vividly that pic of Fatima's husband the ostrich looking djinn with the huge eyes ... Frightful lol and the way that a sound was made before he appeared ...more
Maryam Payne
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Utterly delightful little children's book from the 40s. The "mischief" in the title is being perpetrated by a pair of wicked djinn in disguise; the hero is a young boy named Mousa who takes the interlopers on with the able assistance of a benevolent djinn. Marvelously written old-fashioned tale with great illustrations. ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional! This is a wonderful book that should be more widely available (alas, someone will object to the Muslim aspects, either because they are inaccurate or for some other reason). There is a wonderful flavor not found in other works. The Eichenberg illustrations are not to my taste - a bit too cartoonish.
Shawna Bennett
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Favorite story as a child...must have read it 50 times!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Mischief in Fez is a story I read over and over again as a child. It was featured in one of the many anthologies of children’s literature my parents had. I’ve always remembered the story, but until recently, I couldn’t remember the name—until I did a quick Google search. Then, to my delight, my library carried it. I was all set to delve once more into a beloved childhood story.

Mischief in Fez may be short, but it’s full of myth and culture in a way that I don’t feel is haphazard or disrespectful
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite stories as a kid, I had fun sharing it with my daughter. A little bit like Arabian Nights, but more for children.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I did not read this one, but Katie gave it five stars.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of my favourite childhood stories
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a charming book. A true classic that deserves to be passed down from generation to generation
Runn DA
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful fairytale set in a desert location.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
This book takes you on a fantastic adventure in Morocco, full of djinns and mischief. It's incredibly fun and so positive towards Islam - it's a delight to read. ...more

Readers also enjoyed

  • Stardust
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
  • Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set
  • The Da Vinci Code (the Young Adult Adaptation)
  • If It Bleeds
  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
  • The Housenapper
  • Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories
  • Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue
  • New Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children, #3)
  • Harding's Luck (House of Arden, #2)
  • Wet Magic
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
  • The Giant Jam Sandwich
  • Lizard Music
  • 5 Novels: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars / Slaves of Spiegel / The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death / The Last Guru / Young Adult Novel
  • The Lost Thing
See similar books…
Daughter of the film actress Gertrude Hoffmann.

Related Articles

  Bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer is perhaps best known for his creepy sci-fi thriller Annihilation, which was made into a movie and kicked...
158 likes · 34 comments