I generally don't read children's literature, but Rushdie is so notable I thought I'd take a chance. This book is both clever and intriguing, focused on a young boy and his magical quest to return the power of storytelling to his father. Rushdie has a lovely, imaginative time with funny names, wonderful descriptions, and the kind of repetition that children's books and all legends employ to increase the connection of reader and tale. Characters are very well individuated and also very funny.
There is a little politics under the covers, pro-democracy and anti-totalitarianism, but it's pretty mild. More than that, Rushdie draws from both his cultures, as well as much modern culture, even the Beatles! But it all fits together, and the adventure is both exciting and funny. I highly recommend it.