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A neat journey throughancient times,
This review is from: CodeQuest: Hieroglyphs (Hardcover)
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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. I showed it to my daughter a few times but she never seemed to excited about it. I know she flipped through it but I don't think she ever did the puzzles. I think she might be a bit too young for it. Also, she's more interested in Greek mythology. I'm hoping after Greek mythology, we can look at Egyptian and then this book will be perfect for her.
The book itself is very informative with lots of little factoids and bubbles of information. It begins with a good description of how to use the book, life in ancient Egypt, hieroglyphics, mummification, etc. The description and detail given is fairly introductory but still quite informative. If you already know a fair amount about this period in history, you probably won't learn much new information.
It's not until about 10 pages into the book that the fictional story begins. Though it's written in the first person, the writing style gave me the feel of the old Infocom games such as Zork. "I was still laughing when a woman bumped into me. As I stumbled and fell, I caught sight of a green scarf held in place by a golden, cat-shaped brooch." As you can see, the author doesn't add a lot of description or emotion into his writing. There's just enough to move the plot along. But I suppose you're not buying the book just for it's prose, it is more of a factual book with a game in it as well. As you move through the mystery, you learn more about codes and even the Rosetta Stone.
The book is fun to read through and informative for the younger audience. I think once my daughter decides to give it her full attention, she'll really enjoy it. It would be nice if the story were written a bit better, but all in all, it's still a good book and one worth having if you're interested in ancient Egyptian culture.