Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask by Darlene Foster

4 Feb

Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask

By Darlene Foster

114 pages – ages 8+

Publisher: ireadiwrite Publishing (April 13, 2010)

On Amanda’s birthday as she blew out the candles on her cake she wished for an adventure…little did she know that she’d be visiting Arabia. The next week she got a plane ticket from her Aunt and Uncle to go and visit them in the United Arab Emirates. Amanda visits a souvenir shop and the shop keeper sells her a perfume flask that he says used to belong to a princess named “Shamza”. Amanda promises to take good care of the perfume flask. What Amanda didn’t know is that the perfume flask will lead Amanda on a great adventure when she meets Shamza and finds out she is in trouble!  Amanda helps Shazma by returning Shamza’s trusty camel Ali Baba while trying not to let anyone find out about it!

I really enjoyed the story because it has tons of excitement and adventure in it! I liked… wait for it… Ali Baba. Yes, Ali Baba. Who wouldn’t like a really smart camel? Ms. Foster really described the United Arab Emirates really well! I actually want to learn more about Arabia because of her descriptions I’d recommend “Amanda in Arabia” to kids 8+ and early advanced readers. It was a quick read for me but the story was good and I felt like the whole adventure was complete.

“Amanda in Arabia” earns a spot on my to be read again shelf and I give it four out of five book worms!

“Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting” was also just published in May of 2011 and Ms. Foster says that she is working on a third book where Amanda goes to England!

For more information about the Amanda series and Ms. Foster’s other books, please visit Ms. Foster’s website HERE and her blog HERE.

Check out the book trailer for Amanda in Arabia -The Perfume Flask!

21 Responses to “Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask by Darlene Foster”

  1. Lynn February 4, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Hi Erik,
    I was interested to see what you would say in your review. I also have reviewed this great little book, but from my adult perspective. (You can read mine here if you want to: ) I think we feel much the same way about it. 🙂

    When I have a children’s book published one day, I hope you will review it, Erik. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      I read your review! It sounds like you liked it as much as me! Did you read the Amanda in Spain one? I am getting it. I like how Ms. Foster writes and how you learn about the places the characters are in!


      • Lynn February 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

        I have only read one of Darlene’s books so far. I have so many books to read, some of which I will also be reviewing, so I haven’t purchased other ones of hers yet. She does make learning fun, doesn’t she?


  2. Caroline February 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    It sounds like a great series filled with adventure! I also like how the lead character is a girl. Cute book trailer too! 🙂


  3. Darlene February 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank you Erik for reviewing my book and I am so glad you enjoyed it! I hope it makes other kids want to learn more about that part of the world as well. You do such a great job of reviewing books Erik. Keep up the good work.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Foster! I really like how you tell so much about the setting. I can picture it in my mind 🙂


  4. Loni Edwards February 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful series! I can’t wait to check them out. I love adventure and discovery more about a culture. Thanks Erik!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I have award you a blog award!
    Best wishes, Loni


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      It is a great book and I am getting the next in the series! Amanda is a great character 🙂
      WOW! Thank you! I am going to check it out 🙂


  5. Heather February 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    This book sounds like it would be a fun read aloud, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing it!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      I hope you like it!


      • Patricia Tilton February 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

        Sounds like a very interesting and educational series for kids. I love it when kids learn about other cultures. Nice review.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

        Thank you! That’s what I really liked about this book, how Ms. Foster told so much about the setting.


  6. Darlene February 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Thanks you everyone for your wonderful comments. You have made my day Erik!!


  7. Claudine Gueh February 6, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Ooh, a mystery involving a perfume flask, a camel named Ali Baba, set in the UAE (a place I’m not familiar with) … sounds curious and fascinating!



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