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Mischief in Fez

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  79 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 ...more
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published 1943 by Holiday House and Junior Literary Guild
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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
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.
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
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.
Maryam Payne
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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: fantasy, children-s
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.
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.
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
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of my favourite childhood stories
Runn DA
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful fairytale set in a desert location.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I did not read this one, but Katie gave it five stars.