A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale
By Liz Braswell
Hi! Have you ever heard the story Aladdin? Well, if you have, remember how Aladdin found the lamp for Jafar but Abu (the monkey) switched it out for a fake one? Well, what if that had never happened? What if Aladdin found the lamp but Abu didn’t switch the real one for the fake one and they were stuck inside a falling cave with no Genie? Well, you’re about to find out!
Aladdin grew up all his life as a street rat. But when his father left him and his mother died, there was little left for him. Then, he meets Jasmine. He falls in love with the princess and can’t resist her. But let’s fast forward in time. If you read Aladdin, you would know about all of the events that came in between. (If not, once you’re done with this review, ask your mom or dad to tell you about the story. Or search for it on the internet.)
Anyway, let’s fast forward to when Aladdin was stuck in the cave and Jafar had the lamp. Aladdin dug and dug and he finally made it out of the cave. But by then, Jafar had already made his first two wishes. His first wish was that he would be the sultan. What his second wish was supposed to be was that Jasmine would fall in love with him. But there are three rules to magic that you cannot break. 1) You cannot make someone fall in love with you. 2) You can’t ask the Genie to do something that’s completely impossible (like asking him to make the world out of nothing.) 3.) You can’t ask the Genie to make someone rise from the dead. So Jafar changed his second wish to asking that he would be the greatest sorcerer in the world.
What’s going to happen to Aladdin and Jasmine without the Genie? Will they have to rally the people against Jafar? And how will they do this without magic on their side? As I always say, read the book to find out!
I recommend this book to readers who love magic and adventure and twisted tales of something that has already happened.
A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:
“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
There were a couple of really, really scary parts in this book. So if you really don’t like scary parts, then do NOT read this book!
“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
There were a couple of yucky-lovey parts in this book.
I give this book 5 wands.
I really love a twisted tale. I don’t know if you are like that, but if you take a good story and you make the ending different, I just love that!