A genie, a flying carpet with attitude, a pretty girl, stinky one-eyed trolls . . .
What's not to like?
A children's story written for adults. Seriously, it was. I know it looks as if it must be a kid's story, but it was written for adults who remember the "good old stories that really took you away" back when you were a child. Lifelong readers in their sixties and beyond have laughed out loud and often while reading this. It contains references that only adults will get, but it's perfectly suitable for children ten and older who will get most of the adventure in the story, if not much of the adult-referenced humor. Nicholas Phree finds a genie named Gene and a flying carpet named Jules in his attic. These two are main characters in the story and have been together for over a thousand years, so they know each other inside and out, like an old married couple. Gene has narcolepsy and falls asleep at inopportune times, and Jules has a top speed of about Mach 1.6 so hopping around the world is not a problem. There is magic, adventure, an out-of-control air conditioner in New Delhi, trolls, and a town bully who really gets his comeuppance (what would any of us have given to have had a genie to take care of the schoolyard bullies in our lives?)
But . . . this novel was written for adults. That's you.