Emma and the Blue Genie
Emma and the Blue Genie

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Annotation: Eight-year-old Emma and her little dog, Tristan, take a magic carpet ride to the distant land of Barakash to help a genie recover his stolen magical nose ring.
Catalog Number: #135270
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Meyer, Kerstin,
Pages: 90 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-385-37541-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96269-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-385-37541-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96269-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013029268
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
After Emma and her dog, Tristan, retrieve a bottle from the sea, Emma pulls out the stopper and releases Karim, a small blue genie. Weeping, he explains that he cannot grant wishes because he was diminished in size and in magic when his nose ring was stolen by Sahim, a despicable yellow genie. Stepping onto Karim's flying carpet, Emma and Tristan join the quest to retrieve his ring, only to be captured by Sahim. To rescue his new friends, Karim must confront his nemesis. Moments of mild humor lighten the mood in this fast-paced adventure story for younger readers. The portrayal of Emma as a down-to-earth child makes her a likable heroine in both the lively text and the expressive mixed-media illustrations, which brighten every double-page spread. First published in Germany 12 years ago, this English translation offers a colorful, gentle fantasy with wide appeal. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Funke's fan base has a broad age range, and kids who have seen their older siblings read the New York Times best-selling Inkheart series will flock to this.
Horn Book
While walking by the ocean, Emma and her dog discover a mysterious bottle with a blue genie inside. Unfortunately, Karim is unable to grant her wishes without his missing nose ring. The trio searches for the nose ring but quickly learns an evil yellow genie has stolen it and many other treasures. The colorful art pairs perfectly with this enchanting story.
School Library Journal
Gr 24 Eight-year-old Emma and her pup Tristan wander out to the beach one night to sit and dream of faraway lands. What this girl and her "noodle-tailed dog" don't expect is for her wishes to be answered by a glowing bottle bobbing along in the waves. When she opens the bottle, she frees a blue genie named Karim who was imprisoned by a wicked yellow genie and thrown into the sea. Though Karim was deprived of most of his powers, he is determined to journey back to his master, the caliph of Barakash. Emma and Tristan yearn to have an adventure of their own, and so they join their blue friend in a magical journey to a land straight out of a desert fairy tale. While the tropes of this story will doubtless be familiar, the author's love of spirited heroines and skilled hand at prose make this a pleasure to read and share. Full-color illustrations, many full page, bring the characters to life and make this a great pick for younger readers just getting into longer chapter books. A fun fantasy romp. Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library
Word Count: 8,583
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 169513 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q64642
Lexile: 770L
Guided Reading Level: P
Fountas & Pinnell: P

The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings her signature imagination, adventure, and humor to a magical full-color chapter book for young readers!
One night, Emma finds a mysterious green bottle floating in the ocean. When she pulls out the stopper, she sets a blue genie free! Most genies grant three wishes, but Karim can’t grant even one anymore. A yellow genie stole his magic nose ring, leaving him small, powerless, and trapped in that bottle. Emma and her noodle-tailed dog have to help Karim get his nose ring—and his magic—back!

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