Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Paperback

Haroun and the Sea of Stories Paperback

Illustrated by Paul Birkbeck

5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Haroun's father is the greatest of all storytellers.

His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay.

But one day something goes wrong and his father runs out of stories to tell.

Haroun is determined to return the storyteller's gift to his father.

So he flies off on the back of the Hoopie bird to the Sea of Stories - and a fantastic adventure begins.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780140366501



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This is one of my all-time favorite books. I had never read Rushdie before, but heard some of his essays and love how he is pointedly serious even while being subtle. This book isn't subtle, though. It practically jumps up and down, waves its pages and says "Aren't I fun!?" And I can so see it being made into a fantastic animated film, like the ones Pixar makes, except I would not want to see all the merchandising that comes with anything Pixar. I love how Rushdie lampoons chick lit, way before people began calling it that, and how he makes it so clear that stories are so very important. And just so his readers don't think he is against all pop culture, he does pay homage, of sorts, to a famous Brit pop group who bugged the world in the 60s.goo goo g'joob

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I absolutely loved this. It is in a class with The Phantom Tollbooth and A Gebra Named Al. "What is the good of stories when they aren't even true"? is the question asked and perhaps answered by this book. Magical writing for kids (and adults) by an expert.