Author: Liz Braswell
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication Date: 1st September 2015
Copy: Borrowed from my local Library
A Whole New World is a whole new Aladdin, it starts the same but then it gets an awful lot darker
The book has gained very mixed reviews but I enjoyed it, a lot; for both its similarities and its differences.
A Whole New World is a twisted tale, so it’s not a retelling or a reimagining; it’s a what if. What If Jafar got the lamp in the desert and Aladdin was left to rot in the cave?
The two stories start the same, pretty much exactly the same up to the cave and then they diverge. Throughout the story there are still elements of Disney’s Aladdin but not told in the same way as they were in the movie.
It’s hard to recommend this one because everyone is so different and loving Aladdin doesn’t necessarily mean you will or will not love this.
These are characters that most of us know, and most people who d pick up the book are probably going to be familiar with and we don’t really get to know them any better than we already did. There is a little bit of back story for Aladdin but we don’t really get a whole new understanding of them.
I liked the way Braswell brought together the citizens of Agrabah of all walks of life to revolt against the evil dictatorship of Jafar once he uses the power of the lamp to wish himself the most powerful sorcerer in the world. The Genie retains his sense of humour and quick wit, even as he suffers at the hands of the ever more crazed Jafar.
A Whole New World is not something I would read with my young children, though we all love Aladdin, because it’s a little too dark; but older children might enjoy it.
I borrowed the book from my local library because I have been eyeing off all kinds of Disney’s twisted tales in the kids book club catalogues.