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Awful Egyptians (Horrible Histories) Paperback – 4 Feb 2013
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About the Author
About the author: Terry Deary has written fiction and popular non-fiction, including more than 50 Horrible Histories titles. In 2011 he became the 10th most borrowed author from British libraries. He lives in County Durham. About the illustrator: Martin Brown was born in Australia but currently lives in Dorset. In 1993 he illustrated the first of the Horrible Histories, and has now contributed to more than 50 titles in the series. www.horrible-histories.co.uk
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Want to know:
* why people worshipped a dung beetle?
* which phunny pharaoh married her grandfather?
* what the 'Shepherd of the Royal Backside' had to do?
Read on for details of the messy mistakes the Egyptians made before they became mummy-making experts, discover the foul facts about gruesome grave robbers and the truth about Tutankhamun and his creepy curse.
History with the nasty bits left in!
History has never been so horrible!'
A witty, colourful cover opens to 128 pages, split over chapters:
1. Awful Egyptian timeline
2. Phunny pharaohs
3. Potty pyramids
4. Mad mummies
5. Mad mummies quiz
6. The truth about Tutankhamun
7. Cruel crime time
8. Rotten religion
9. Killing...and curing
10. Woeful workers
11. Awful army
12. Quick Egyptian quiz
13. Cool Cleo
with an introduction and an epilogue.
Written with the typical Deary humour, in a variety of type styles and super black & white illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.
'Did you know?
Pharaohs were buried with mummies of animals.
Cats were popular but they also made mummies out of mice, fish, crocodiles, snakes and bulls!'
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
I had a read and the puns and colourful descriptions are really grabbing.
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