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The Storyteller of Damascus

Illustrated by Peter Knorr
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

An authentic taste of the old Damascene tradition of storytelling that will inspire children’s imagination. An old storyteller roams through the old quarter of Damascus. For only one piaster, he offers to show the children the wonders of the world. The children look through the peepholes of his magic box, which he carries on his back from one neighborhood to the next. There they see and hear the love story of Sami, the shepherd boy, and the beautiful Leyla. But over time, the story changes… pictures inside the wonder box become old and start to fade away, replaced by cutouts from recent advertisements. A stunningly-illustrated children’s book filled with love, intrigue, courage, loyalty, and the sounds and smells of old Damascus.

About The Author

Rafik Schami’s award-winning novels have been translated into 21 languages. His novels The Dark Side of Love and The Calligrapher’s Secret received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. Rika Lesser is a poet and acclaimed translator. Her translations include A Living Soul by P. C. Jersild and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

About The Illustrator

Eve Lloyd Knight is an illustrator, designer and, art director whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Grazia, Stylist, and many others. Eve produces bold and topical illustrations, with a specific focus on feminist issues.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (November 27, 2018)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623719715
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"I have to admit: when I first saw this book, I thought it was just going to be an illustrated version of an old story, the sort that we keep around because we have some nostalgia for it but it wasn't going to be exciting enough for "kids these days.?? Butlike the kids in the story itselfI was in for a surprise ' [It] celebrates the power of good storytelling ' a good story can enchant us and take us on a magical journey.

"A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love ' A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12).

"Rich, detailed art by Knorr showcases the story's marked evolution and the storyteller's magical box as Schami invites readers to explore the power of storytelling and change in this artful picture book. Ages 6-9?

"You will want to share the story with many readers!"

"Like a play of life with highly dramatic, poetic, as well as funny scenes; greatly translated into images."

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