From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4 Juma, a young boy in Kenya, is sent home for not paying attention in school, and in his search for excitement he evokes the magic jinn from the family's jinn jar (every household had such a corked jar). His less-than-wise wishes offer him ways of life not to his liking, so he returns home content to make a creative life out of a world he knows. Mikolaycak's full-color, full-page illustrations are loaded with details of clothing, landscape, and town life. They invest Juma and his black cat, Paka, with character, and create a female jinn with a head full of yellow beaded strands and yellow veil who is simultaneously awe-inspiring and kind. These are lush images that, with the decorative border on each text page, produce a sense of place for this tale of a young imagination testing its limits. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
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