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Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm -- A Graphic Novel Anthology (Disney Prince of Persia) Paperback – April 13, 2010

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Intended to be a companion of sorts, though independently digestible, to this summer’s feature film of the video-game character created by Mechner in the 1980s, this graphic novel collects five stories drawn by different artists. A group of scoundrels is arrested after throwing a lavish party, paid for by hawking treasure they couldn’t possibly have come by honestly, and in the tradition of the Arabian Nights tales, each tells a loosely interlinked story to help persuade the governor of his innocence.The artwork ranges from dramatically cartoony to nearly photorealistic and provides suitably exotic flavoring to the whole. The interplay between the stories and the way they dance about the character of the prince is compelling, but readers might feel tricked that the sword-wielding hero bursting forth from the cover only makes a few scanty appearances inside. A. B. Sina and LeUyem Pham’s graphic novel Prince of Persia (2008) is a more original and thought-entangling treatment, while this one feels more mainstreamed, with a fate likely linked to how well the movie plays. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 9
  • Series: Disney Prince of Persia
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423125827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423125822
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,794,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

I have not played the Prince of Persia game nor have I seen the movie yet. Therefore, I am coming at this book with no background knowledge of the story. Basically an anthology in reverse, where the book is written by one person but illustrated by many different artists. The art is never dramatically different story to story but taking a look at the book as a whole the styles do range from Disney-ish to very realistic.

The plot centers on five crooks who have been apprehended because they were caught with a king's ransom in gold. They come up with an imaginative story as to why they have the precious items including that Prince Dastan gave it to them, the two leaders of the group. They are not believed and 3 are sentenced to flogging while the 2 leaders are to be beheaded. Now each one in turn tries to save his life or skin by telling a tale as to why the men should be believed, each story briefly connects them with Prince Dastan. Between each story there is a segue back at the governor's palace where he denounces the tale as folly and the next person steps forward with their tale.

I really enjoyed these five Persian tales which are very reminiscent of tales from the Arabian Nights, though with much less magic. But the similarity is obvious, even to the point that one character at the end compares their stories to tales heard from his grandmother. Each tale is full of adventure, entrapment, and escape, while some have a mythical or magical element the comparison can definitely also be made to Indiana Jones plot devices. Prince Datsun is only very briefly present in the stories as these are set before he became the Prince of Persia.
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