RIDING A DONKEY BACKWARDS, Retold by Sean Taylor & the Khayaal Theatre, Illustrated by Shirin Adl


Timeless wisdom is found in absurdity in these tales of an iconic Muslim character known as the sagest man in the village — and also its biggest fool.

Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Whether a cow can climb a pole? Or why you should spoon yogurt into a lake? Mulla Nasruddin knows all the answers, and he might also tell you why he rides his donkey backwards. Whether in the guise of an imam in a mosque or a beggar in the street, this trickster is never at a loss for a rejoinder, though it may leave you scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or laughing out loud. Enjoy twenty-one classic tales about a much-loved character from Muslim cultures in a book packed with jokes, riddles, and wisdom and paired with vibrant, theatrical illustrations.

Out August 2019

48 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

What a fun book! Witty cynicisms, clever banter, and insightful reckonings, unique and rich in their delivery score heavily with this reader as a book filled to the brim with wisdom and humor. The stories which are celebrated everywhere by Muslims are fun and engaging with riddles and teachings for all cultures everywhere. This collection of tales based on encounters with the sarcastic and very wise Mulla Nasruddin, a Turkish Muslim. Adl illustrates this book with her collages.  She also illustrated, Ramadan Moon. 

Bright mixtures of color and presentations, cleverly narrated snippets of wisdom and funny antics are spread throughout the book’s pages. This book was first published in the UK. It is a series of trickster tales of Mulla Nasruddin.  He is depicted as wise, a fool, sometimes an Iman, a teacher or a judge. You are meant to laugh and learn from the stories. You may even laugh out loud.

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