Riding a donkey backwards : wise and foolish tales of Mulla Nasruddin / retold by Sean Taylor and the Khayaal Theatre ; illustrated by Shirin Adl.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U. S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A collection of 21 riotous tales and riddles about the Mullah Nasruddin. Why does Mulla Nasruddin spoon yoghurt into the river? What is the reason he rides his donkey backwards? Why does he paint a picture that is blank? And is he crazy to move into the house of the man who's just burgled him? Find out all about the amazing antics of Nasruddin in these twenty-one hilarious stories and riddles, famous throughout the Middle East for their jokes, riddles and wisdom.--Publisher website.
    • Notes:
      Includes glossary.
      5+
    • Other Titles:
      Riding a donkey backwards.
    • ISBN:
      9781536205077
      1536205079
    • Accession Number:
      on1107771775
      1107771775
    • Accession Number:
      fay.667076
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TAYLOR, S.; ADL, S. Riding a donkey backwards : wise and foolish tales of Mulla Nasruddin. [s. l.]: Candlewick Press, 2019. ISBN 9781536205077. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076. Acesso em: 19 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Taylor S, Adl S. Riding a Donkey Backwards : Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Candlewick Press; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076. Accessed January 19, 2020.
    • APA:
      Taylor, S., & Adl, S. (2019). Riding a donkey backwards : wise and foolish tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Candlewick Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Taylor, Sean, and Shirin Adl. 2019. Riding a Donkey Backwards : Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Candlewick Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076.
    • Harvard:
      Taylor, S. and Adl, S. (2019) Riding a donkey backwards : wise and foolish tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Candlewick Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076 (Accessed: 19 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Taylor, S & Adl, S 2019, Riding a donkey backwards : wise and foolish tales of Mulla Nasruddin, Candlewick Press, viewed 19 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Taylor, Sean, and Shirin Adl. Riding a Donkey Backwards : Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Candlewick Press, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Taylor, Sean, and Shirin Adl. Riding a Donkey Backwards : Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Candlewick Press, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Taylor S, Adl S. Riding a donkey backwards : wise and foolish tales of Mulla Nasruddin [Internet]. Candlewick Press; 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 19]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.667076

Reviews

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #6

Mulla Nasruddin, as the preface explains, is a pan-Muslim trickster figure who has captivated storytellers for generations and whose actions constantly challenge perceptions, asking readers and listeners to see things in a different light. For example, you may think that Nasruddin is riding his donkey backwards, but in his view, "I'm facing forward. It's the donkey who's facing backwards!" Each of the twenty-one pithy vignettes in this collection imparts a philosophical, ethical, or intellectual conundrum. In "The Other Side," a man asks Nasruddin, standing on the opposite bank of a river, how he can cross to the other side. Nasruddin, with his usual irascible tone, replies, "What a birdbrain...You are on the other side!" The story "When You Are Dead" asks what one would like said about them at their funeral. Nasruddin's answer: "Look! He's moving!" Mixed-media illustrations incorporate texture that makes each vignette an engrossing visual experience. Paper, tissue, felt, yarn, sticks, miniature woven carpets, and beads are combined with other textures that beg to be touched. With his bulbous nose, towering turban, expressive face, four teeth, and fluffy cotton beard that defies gravity, Nasruddin will be sure to elicit giggles from young readers even as they contemplate the logical puzzles he poses. A glossary is appended, but no source notes are provided. Julie Hakim Azzam November/December 2019 p.102 Copyright 2019 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 May #1

Is he a wise man or a fool? Though Nasruddin has many different names, the trickster about whom these stories are told is known throughout the Muslim world. Taylor (The Snowbear) and the U.K.-based Khayaal Theatre recount each story in a page or two. In the first, after a thief absconds with Nasruddin's worldly goods, Nasruddin trails him all the way home and climbs into his bed. The thief asks him what he's doing—"I thought we were moving to your house," Nasruddin replies. In another, a begging Nasruddin takes big silver coins in preference to smaller gold coins, though they're less valuable: "If I choose the gold coin," he explains, "everyone will stop giving me money." Diorama-like miniature sets by artist Adl (Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings) breathe energy and humor into the tales. The marketplace where Nasruddin begs features hand-formed copper pots, miniature bags of grain, and carpets that appear hand-embroidered. The paper cutout figures wear antic expressions and costumes of cut-out fabric. Young listeners will quickly grasp that often, it's Nasruddin's companions who might be the fools. A glossary of terms (Allah, imam) is included. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.