A creative and delightful fairytale

The Land of Green Ginger by Noel LangleyEdward Ardizzone (Ilustrator)

It was the Edward Ardizzone illustrations that drew me in compulsively to this book, and they are an absolute delight – full of magic and wonder and joy. From the beginning it’s a book that reveals itself as a sequel to Aladdin and has a real fairytale/pantomine feel to it.

The story has everything, from wicked princes, to thieves, to djins and comedy characters, but it is a very old fashioned fantasy. Creative and delightful it might be but it’s also borderline racist I think (probably more than borderline if you take it out of it’s time and judge it on today’s standards, which for the record I really shouldn’t do.)

It’s still a charming, engaging tale, packed full of Ardizzone’s illustrative wit to accompany the text.