You will have come across some of the ideas in this book before, but don't let that spoil your fun. Here's a genie. He lives in a beer can though and doesn't necessarily work the same kind of magic as Aladdin's Genie of the Lamp all those years ago.
Alec Bowden, known as Skinny, keeps a running score in his head for the kind of life he's living:
Today disasters were away down the field while the other team was still in the changing room.
You would think that finding a genie in a beer can, snoring in the gutter, might even things up a bit but it really doesn't seem to. Alec, you see, has found the wrong kind of genie, member of the Order of Genies, Third Class.
Anyway, Alec has a lot on his plate at the moment because new boy at school, Ginger Wallace, won't let him go down Boner's Street any more on pain of a bashing. But Boner's Street is Alec's short cut home, through the loose plank into the derelict canal site, Alec's secret hide-out.
Alec's new ally, Abu of the Beer Can, does try to help. He inflicts on Ginger Wallace the Great Itch to keep him away from school for a while. But it all ends in a mess for Abu because he exceeds his powers so much that he is left exhausted and unable to return himself to his normal state of invisibility. Alec is left with a mountainous black slave in ancient silk robes standing in the middle of Boner's Street.
Hmm. Alec is going to need some kind of magic to get Abu out of this ... Who can he turn to for help? Read on to find out.
A fun read. Oh! Watch out for Grandad. He lives in a caravan in the back yard and mulls his beer with the soldering iron. Great.
Habiba, girl, age 13, from Manchester, United Kingdom, on 13th March 2006. Rating: 7/10
It was really good the way the author described the genie and the foreign language. I also liked the way he described alec being bullied by pupils and some of the teachers.
Vrushank Bhardwaj, boy, age 11&1/2, from coventry, United Kingdom, on 6th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
I think that the book The Thrid Class Genie is a wonderful and magical book I loved the way Robert Leeson showed the racisum or the way he showed that anyone any colour or from a diffrent culture can be come friends. I say that if anyone has a chance to by or maybe just borrow a book from someone or somewhere they should take the opurtunity of having a chance to read the book The third Class Genie then they should! And if you don't then well it's your Fault. from Vrushank Bhardwaj or just call me Vrush
Jamie, boy, age 38, from Devon, United Kingdom, on 31st December 2004. Rating: 10/10
I read this book as a child and still have the original copy.It is a well written story and i hope it continues to bring joy for many years to come.
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Funny magic is quite a difficult classification. You might like to look at this one by Diana Wynne Jones:
Or you could try this one by Philip Pullman:
Actually, you might be pleasantly surprised by this one by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
Or you could just lie back and have a really good laugh. Have a look at this one by Lewis Carroll: