Yakov and the Seven Thieves by Madonna

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Seven slippery scoundrels.
One tricky lock.
An unlikely solution...

Yakov, the kindly cobbler, and his wife, Olga, are heartbroken because their son, Mikhail, is very ill. They seek advice from a wise old man, who enlists the help of seven thieves and proves that miracles can occur if we do good deeds.


About Madonna

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Singer, actress, and author Madonna was born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958. She has released numerous albums including Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, Ray of Light, and Hard Candy. Her Confessions on a Dance Floor album won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Her single Sooner or Later from the movie Dick Tracy won an Academy Award. Her single You Must Love Me from the movie Evita won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. She has appeared in numerous movies including Desperately Seeking Susan, Who's That Girl, Body of Evidence, Dick Tracy, Evita, The Next Best Thing, and Swept Away. She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Muscial or Comedy for Evita. She is also the author of the English Roses series and other books including Sex, The Adventures of Abdi, Yakov and the Seven Thieves, and Lotsa de Casha. Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness World Records. In 2008 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also in that year, Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the Billboard chart. Loren Long is a New York Times best-selling illustrator. Loren has illustrated Watty Piper's The Little Engine That Could and Madonna's Mr. Peabody's Apples. His other New York Times best-selling books include: Toy Boat by Randall DeSeve which won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award for Children's Picture Book, Angela and the Baby Jesus by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt, and the chapter book series Sluggers that he created with Phil Bildner. Loren's first picture book, Angela Johnson's I Dream of Trains, won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration. His version of Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer was a Golden Kite Honor Book. Loren has written and illustrated two picture books, Drummer Boy and Otis. Her title Otis and the Tornado made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List in 2011.
Published January 1, 2004 by Callaway. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"When they had all finished belching and farting and behaving like twits," the seven miscreants fall to their knees next to the old man, and the thieves' prayers pick the locks on heaven's gates.

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Madonna's Yakov and the Seven Thieves is the most visually magnificent of her three children's books, but the dreary and inappropriate story is lackluster and verbose.The luscious, wonderfully ornate illustrations, which convey a sense of 18th-century Ukraine, were created by the prolific and gif...

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