The Tale of Temujin Sarah Brennan Published by Auspicious Times ISBN 9789881720382 Born Temujin, Genghis Khan was one of the most ferocious and cunning warriors ever known. He united many of the tribes of northeast Asia to found the Mongol Empire, the largest-ever empire of neighbouring countries. He was a great soldier, but also a social innovator, facilitating trade and communication between East and West thanks to his management of the Silk Road, and was well known for being tolerant of all religions. In Sarah Brennan's The Tale of Temujin, however, history has been twisted. While Temujin is still inspired to fight by his family's murderers, the great leader is no longer a man, but a terrifying tiger. And in another variation from recorded history, this feline Genghis Khan meets his match. Part of Brennan's 'Chinese Calendar Tales', The Tale of Temujin is written in rhyme. The rhyme scheme is simple, similar to the style of nonsense verses by Ogden Nash or Roald Dahl. Because the entire story is told in this sort of verse, however, the rhymes and/or rhythms occasionally feel forced. Even so, Brennan comes up with fast-paced verses that will bring a smile to the face of all but the most miserable reader. The character of Princess Precious is particularly well drawn: a spoilt, royal brat who gets her own way wherever she is and whomever she's up against. As in the rest of the series, the book is beautifully illustrated by the South China Morning Post's political cartoonist Harry Harrison. His drawings make the story come to life, adding another layer of laughs. Each is filled with exquisite, funny details that are worthy of hours of careful examination.