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CodeQuest: Hieroglyphs [Illustrated, Unabridged] [Hardcover]

SEAN Callery
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21 Jun 2010 Codequest
A museum houses a splendid statue of a golden cat. It was once part of a pair... so where is its partner? A note inside the display case contains the first in a series of clues, and once it is deciphered, the adventure begins. The story spreads lead the reader from clue to clue, while information spreads form a perfect introduction to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Unabridged edition (21 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753419319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753419311
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write information books and fiction for children. I'm also a primary school teacher, which is great as it keeps me in touch with what kids are interested in.

Recent/upcoming titles include two in Scholastic's DiscoverMore series, one on World War 2, another on the doomed Titanic - great graphics to go with lots of information and eyewitnesses

My Lifecycles series is now complete at eight titles. Each 'spread' shows the life cycle of an animal, then you meet the creature that eats it and you carry on going up the food chain. It's fun and informative, and has been recommended by the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) in America.

Other recent titles include a really nice one about the Tour de France cycle race and a book of biographies of children's writers such as JK Rowling. Didn't get a bit jealous writing that one...

My tennis-based story Topspin was my first short story and has just been re-published in Sweden, so it must be fab! I've also written a story called Big Shot about a kid whose secret dance classes help him success at throwing the shot putt.

I hope you enjoy my books and do visit my website

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Booklist[Codequest] offer[s] a significant information about hieroglyphs. . . The attractive format features eye-cathing glossy illustrations and is full of everything from notes to translate to information about cat worship. . . . Those with an interest in ancient Egypt will be intrigued . . . This is also a great choice for classrooms studying the period, as groups could solve the puzzles together. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sean Callery is a writer and primary-school teacher. He has written a number of information books for publishers such as HarperCollins and Which?, as well as musicals and educational articles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well produced multimedia book on ancient Egypt 10 July 2010
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This is a very well produced book, hardbound, in full colour, with a cleverly placed CD-ROM included build into the cover. However, it's a rather short book with a fairly light story which requires the ability to read hieroglyphs. The CD-ROM allows the user to create their own.

I'm afraid that my 9 year old son, whilst interested in ancient Egypt (but not as much as Dr Who!), really found the book too lightweight. He wasn't greatly interested in the CD or the story and puzzels posed by the shortish texts. I think there are better children's books out there covering this topic. This book tends to be all presentation with little content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian fun for the summer holidays 28 Jun 2010
By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I think this would be a great item for any child doing an Egyptian project/coursework at school, think alot of fun could be had if it were taken into school and the class take a look at it.

The quality of the book itself (hardbacked) and full of colourful pictures is just spot on. That combined with the cd that comes with it, an altogether super item.

It tells the tale of 'The Golden Cat', I have read it along with our 8 year old, (he thought that the code breaking was just fab. even spelt out his favourite word (penguin) with it. Along with other sentences, actually started to send us all notes in the code (hieroglyphs) as he thought it such a hit. Wished I had kept it for the summer holidays, as it is something that could keep the kids (or even adults), yes, I had a crack at trying to break the codes too, entertained for a while.

There is such a lot of information about egyptian life in both the book and the cd. You don't have to use the cd to read and look through the book though as the book on its own is so interesting.

A great value item and a good idea for a christmas present for any girl or boy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for kids 22 July 2010
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I used to love factual books when I was in primary school. Our school didn't have a library so I bought mine from the kid's department in the long gone James Thin bookshops. This Codebreakers book works mostly in the same way as a factual book but also intersperses a treasure hunt story with an Indiana Jones-type character looking for a golden cat. So as well as learning about ancient Egypt with lots of interesting facts and nice photographs it'll give the kids something to do for a while. A CD-rom is also included for them to make their own hieroglyphs. The book itself is a lovely hardback with large, glossy pages. There are others in this series, which I am sure will be just as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 July 2010
By Nicolette Laurence VINE VOICE
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My whole family loved this, from adults to kids. It is glossy, interesting, fun and very well put together. I definitely learned about hieroglyphs along the way, although of course for an in depth knowledge this book is not what you're looking for. However, for some Egyptian fun and games, and learning along the way, this book is a winner. I loved the little facts which were included on the pages. Most kids have a fascination for the magic and mystery of Ancient Egypt, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for a few hours peace during the summer holidays :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interactive fun 10 July 2010
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I got this for my 6 year old daughter and she just can't put it down. Attractively and colourfully bound, the book also contains a CD which enables the user to construct their own hieroglyphic messages.
With a central mystery to solve, fold-out 'code breaker' panels inside, tonnes of information on Egyptian life, and plenty of superb illustrations, this will keep your child occupied for hours - would make a great gift too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 8 Jun 2010
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I got this book as it links to a topic (Ancient Egyptians) going on at school with an 8 year old. This book has a mix of fiction and facts. It includes lots of colourful illustrations, codes to crack and information to read.
The book is less of a story than i thought it would be but I don't think this was necessarily a bad thing.

This book also comes with a cd-rom (not an audio cd) which allows you to create your own hieroglyphic messages which was a lot of fun and easy to use.

Overall this book was fun to use but it's not the kind of story you would re-read over and over, on the other hand the cd-rom is very definately re-usable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Encrypted Egyptian 23 May 2010
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The `Mystery of the Golden Cat' is a short story told in words and pictures with its setting as Egypt and with the main protagonist as an archaeologist similar to `Indiana Jones'. The story embodies much information on the beliefs and practices of Ancient Egyptians and is pitched so young readers will assimilate cultural knowledge whilst being enthralled by the unwinding plot. However the prime purpose of the package is to be a code quest. It starts simply by initially making sense of a smudged label, and the second code is really an indicator of how easy it is to read meaning into sentences without vowels - and this should present no problems to a young `text' generation. The first real challenges are to read names from the cartouches of gods and the name of a possible grave robber. This involves symbols for sounds as well as alphabet letters, further complicated by the rearrangement of hieroglyphs, and so presents the most difficult aspect of the quest. Other clues are more straight forward, especially when relying on ideograms which are readily understood picture symbols or even more self evident `storyboard' pictures.

The story is well conceived with a persuasive ending, but it is possibly too obvious and it is not strictly necessary to decode the various queries, of which only half a dozen are demanding. The concept of the `Mystery of the Golden Cat' is sound, but the story could have been longer, and it could have been made increasingly intricate with a greater number of codes to decipher. Perhaps this criticism can be overcome by the accompanying CD which contains all hieroglyphs found in the story book including `determinatives' which are additional ideograms at the end of words to add meaning and indicate where the next word starts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mummy likes it
What youngster doesn't enjoy reading about the ancient Egyptians? Who can resist that kind of brain pulled down the nose detail? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Withnail67
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction for kids
The kids liked this a lot, although we struggled a bit to get the CD working properly, and they decided it was more fun writing/drawing the letters by hand. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dr. J. S. Bray
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful entertainment for a 8-10 year old for a couple of hours
This Code Quest Hieroglyphs book is a beautifully put together hardback book, with detailed illustrations, and lots to look at on each page. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by S. Diment
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great but no depth
There's no denying that this is a beautiful book. Often my kids are happy just to flick though this sort of book and alight here and there on pictures or individual facts. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by Ray Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and grown ups!!
This was a great book, not only for children, but us grown ups as well! The art-work is gorgeous and the overall presentation of the book is fantastic, in shiny a shiny... Read more
Published on 18 May 2012 by Fireball Dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for young fans of all things Egyptian
This books crams in loads of information and facts about ancient Egypt and hieroglyphs, and in a way kids will love. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Fiona Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones eat your heart out
This is a visually delightful book, well illustrated and full of facts about Egypt and hieroglyphics. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Smallvillenews
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated.
What strikes you most about this book are the stunning illustrations - beautifully-coloured and with great attention to detail. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat journey throughancient times
I ordered this with the idea I'd read it with my 6 year old so we could do the puzzles together. Somehow that never seemed to work. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Pizor
3.0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, useless puzzles
The production values are great - beautiful pictures well-presented on fully-designed glossy pages, even with fold-outs to add interest. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2010 by Mr. D. J. Carr
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