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Emma and the Blue Genie Paperback – June 23, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Eight-year-old Emma and her pup Tristan wander out to the beach one night to sit and dream of faraway lands. What this girl and her "noodle-tailed dog" don't expect is for her wishes to be answered by a glowing bottle bobbing along in the waves. When she opens the bottle, she frees a blue genie named Karim who was imprisoned by a wicked yellow genie and thrown into the sea. Though Karim was deprived of most of his powers, he is determined to journey back to his master, the caliph of Barakash. Emma and Tristan yearn to have an adventure of their own, and so they join their blue friend in a magical journey to a land straight out of a desert fairy tale. While the tropes of this story will doubtless be familiar, the author's love of spirited heroines and skilled hand at prose make this a pleasure to read and share. Full-color illustrations, many full page, bring the characters to life and make this a great pick for younger readers just getting into longer chapter books. A fun fantasy romp.—Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Hailed as the J. K. Rowling of Germany, beloved and bestselling author CORNELIA FUNKE has written numerous magical novels and chapter books for children. Her New York Times bestsellers include The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and Inkheart. She was once named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine. She was born in Germany and lives with her family in California.
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The marvelous writing points to an excellent translation and marks this as a good choice for a class or bedtime read aloud. The yellow genie is a compelling villain, and Emma exhibits a surprising amount of courage as she is forced to come face to face with deadly spiders and scorpions. Tristan is always there to provide an encouraging lick, and when the two finally win their wishes, the story ends with an unexpected and totally endearing twist. Emma and the Blue Genie is a must have for any young fan of fairy tales. Rich in imagination, yet still rooted in the finest of folk traditions, this is an excellent offering from a story telling master.
With "Emma and the Blue Genie", my feelings remain the same. Emma is a girl with 4 brothers who are brave in the day but scared of the night and at least one brother will visit in the night because he is scared of the night sounds especially the sounds that sea makes and ends up keeping her awake with their snoring because she loves the sound of the sea.
So at night, she escapes to the sea with her trusty pooch, Tristan. One evening, a bottle floats to shore and of course, there is a genie inside. A blue genie who isn't very big named Karim and upon questioning of his unexpectedly small size, he tells Emma of how his nose ring was stolen by the master of Evil, the yellow genie named Sahim which of course is someone who must be vanquished so off Emma goes with Karim and Tristan to the genie's homeland.
It is a night of adventure and wonders. Funke keeps the prose simple, charming and wholly appropriate for the ages of the intended audience.. The artwork by Kerstin Meyer is lovely and compliments Funke's story perfectly.
If I had a mild complaint it is that the end comes too abruptly but maybe that means that there will be another story to come.
It’s filled with action, unexpected events, is dramatic, entertaining, and shows how friends of different sizes, shapes, and colors can be loyal, helpful, and caring towards one another. It has wonderful, colorful pages that depict the lovely, make believe story inside. It is an easy read yet it has some nice vocabulary words that led my 4th grader to the dictionary for definitions.
The story begins with Emma (a human girl) the main character, sneaking out of her house in the middle of the night, and heading to the beach where she finds a bottle containing a blue, small, genie. Emma and her little dog, Tristan end up traveling on a magic carpet with the small genie, Karim to his “land” to try and get his magic and power back from the evil yellow genie. What they encounter is a yellow genie who has taken over the land entirely. Together, Emma, Tristan (her dog) and Karim manage to get Karim’s magic back and defeat the yellow genie. Int the end, Karim gives Emma her 3 wishes yet she can only think of one wish for herself. Karim ends up giving her a special gift in the end to thank her, that will keep her happy, pretty much forever!
Note:Some parents may not like that the main character leaves her house in the middle of the night, by herself...but it is obviously a fictional story. This seems more like a 2nd -4th grade book to me.
I’m always on the lookout for books with genies in them, because they’re not overly common. I was thrilled to get the chance to read this one, and hopeful that it could be one I could share with my oldest boys(5 and 3) soon. I’m even more thrilled that it passed the test, and will promptly go on our reading list.
Emma and the Blue Genie has a fairy tale quality to it. It has beautiful FULL color illustrations liberally spread throughout the story. The ending makes me believe that this is the first book in the series, so I’m eagerly waiting to see if that’s true.
It was purely a pleasure to read Emma and the Blue Genie!
Although 90 pages long, the book is paced well, and about a quarter of each spread is illustrations, sometimes more, sometimes less. I read this book to my first-grader and preschooler over the course of about three sittings and we all enjoyed seeing Emma and her dog sidekick go on her fun adventure. I recommend this book to any primary-school student.