In a village in the Arabian Desert, a band of knife-wielding thieves want revenge. In a secret cave, Ali Baba has stumbled across their stolen treasure and now the bloodthirsty bandits are on his trail. How will the poor woodcutter outwit forty thieves all on his own? Ali Baba is going to need luck on his side, either that, or the help of a very clever friend…
Full of trickery, intrigue, and suspense, this captivating adaptation of Ali Baba and the Forty Theives is sure to engross even the most reluctant readers. As well as encouraging younger readers to hone their sense of right and wrong, ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ also offers scope for discussing themes such as crime, justice and the significance of material goods. Richard Holland’s ornate, Arabic-inspired collages and splashes of opulent colour enrich the vivid narrative and provide a creative platform for introducing children to Arabic culture and art.