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The Awesome Egyptians (Horrible Histories) [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Peter Hepplewhite , Martin Brown
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7 May 2007 Horrible Histories
Step back to an awesomely ancient time with the Awesome Egyptians. Discover which king had the worst blackheads, why some kings had to wear false beards and why the peasants were revolting. History with the nasty bits left in! 2013 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twentieth anniversary.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; reissue edition (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439944031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439944038
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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Amazon Review

In The Awesome Egyptians the persistent delving into the toilet of history by author Terry Deary and cohort Peter Hepplewhite leaves no stone - or rather, Pyramid - unturned in this hilariously vile Horrible History.

How to make your own mummy, how to test the theory that pyramids have magical powers and, among all the handy hints and tips, a few tales of dodgy Pharaohs and their nasty habits.

Anyone who ever thought they knew all they needed to know about the Egyptians and their strange ways will be amazed at the gaps in their knowledge as they discover which king had the most blackheads, unusual ways Victorians displayed their mummies and how to become a true Egyptian peasant in ten easy (or, in fact, rather difficult) stages.

The Awesome Egyptians will tickle the fancy of readers young and old, giving hieroglyphics and bandages a whole new, never to be forgotten meaning. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for KS2 or an Egyptian holiday 28 Sep 2012
I have had this book since my daughter was of an age to read to it and as I live in Luxor and have many families visiting my holiday rentals I am always lending it out and it never fails to amuse and instruct. Everyone always wants to get a copy when they get home. It is full of the kind of facts kids like to read, lots of blood and gore and weird facts. If you like the Horrible History TV series you will love this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for learning about history! 14 Feb 2007
This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Awesome" Egyptians fun, and it achieves this with flying colours.

This book instructs you on how to make a mummy, tells you about some rather strange traditions and how to bury your own Pharoah in his own pyramid.

Overall, a perfect book to read for children and teenagers alike, combining Terry Deary's perfect humour with facts which will stick with the reader for the rest of their lives!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah, neat book! 11 May 2001
By A Customer
This was a great book about ancient Eygptians. I especially liked how they measured things with parts of their bodies (for example the cubit and palm). The author even included some ancient Eygptian jokes. But some things are really gross, like how a cure for blindness entailed mashing up the eye of a pig with honey and red ochre and putting it in the patient's ear, yuck! There is a cartoon featuring two pigs, one who is blind and without eyes, the other with eyes. The pig without eyes says,"Stay clear of doctors!" to the other pig. It is really well written, blending humor and history, (to make history fun) and nice illustrations too. It even shows some Eygptian symbols including the ones for the words: all, life and protection. There is even a funny cartoon of a map of Eygpt where Terry Deary marks the part of the map with an X and labels it "Flying saucer landing site" (but scribbles it out).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
.......about phabulous Pharaohs and poverty-stricken peasants - who lived an awesome 5000 years ago!

Want to know:-

which king had the worst blackheads?
why some kings had to wear false beards?
why the peasants were revolting?

Read on to find some foul facts about death and decay, revolting recipes for 3000-year-old sweets, how to make a mean mummy, and some awful Egyptian arithmetic.
History with the nasty bits left in!
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 128 pages, split over 12 chapters:-

Egyptian fact-file
Awesome Egyptian events
Phascinating Pharaohs
The power of the pyramids
The pyramids
The magic of the mummies
The curse of the mummy's tomb
Gruesome grave robbers
The remarkable river
A gallery of gods
Awesome troublesome Egyptians
Live like an Egyptian

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour, aided by Peter Hepplewhite - in a variety of fonts, and superb illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome book 30 Jan 2004
I admire this book because it is outstanding, spooky and horrid.
The main reason I like it is because it has good words and phrases like 'he's wearing gold with embroidery, blue velvet rope, sparkling soldiers and shining stars'. His use of speech and the things characters say are funny and sometimes gruesome! Whoever reads this book I am sure will love it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book 22 Dec 2003
By A Customer
This is a great book. It has heaps of information about the Egyptians from religion, to food, to growing up in Ancient Egypt. Awesome Egyptians teaches you about the sorts of thing that history teachers would dream of talking about and presents them in a humourous way that makes history fun and interesting. This series is one of the reasons that I love history.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and educational 31 Dec 2000
By A Customer
This book has good stuff for kids who dont like history. I was a teacher Harvard University and I find this book very enjoyable. I have bought my son and daughter a copy each and they cant seem to put it down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gives you the facts in an interesting way 21 April 2000
By A Customer
It's a great book. It gives you all the facts, put in an interesting and funny way. Impossible to put down!
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My daughter asked if I could buy this as she has been told she will be learn about Egyptians in September. Although we have not had chance to read the whole book. So far so good.
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This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Awesome" Egyptians fun, and it achieves this with flying colours. Read more
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