THE FRIENDS OF ABU ALI: Three More Tales of the Middle East by Dorothy O.--Adapt. Van Woerkom

THE FRIENDS OF ABU ALI: Three More Tales of the Middle East

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a second trio of tamely rendered Middle Eastern noodle tales, Van Woerkom's Abu Ali dumps all his rice into the water so he can tell his squabbling friends that their two heads are as empty as his bag; maintains that, if his friend's cake really fell because Abu Ali smelled it, then he can pay for the damage with the sound of pennies; and disputes, in the desert sun, whether the man who has rented his donkey for the day has thereby acquired the right to the animal's shadow. ""Something tells me we are bigger donkeys than the [real] one,"" Abu Ali concludes superfluously. But the jokes aren't as big as they could be, were the telling less constrained.

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 1978
Publisher: Macmillan