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on 24 March 2007
....pharaohs were phoul, servants suffered and everyone believed in an awesome afterlife.

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!'
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on 30 January 2013
I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history.
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.
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on 7 November 2013
My 8 year old son absolutely loves it. He is doing a project on Ancient Egypt in school and has been using this as a starting point as it gives the key facts.
I had a read and the puns and colourful descriptions are really grabbing.
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on 17 June 2013
the book was not for me,but my grandson,who is realy into these sort of books,i must admit i did have a little read myself and it made me laugh it was that good,so shall certainly get him some more
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on 5 February 2013
A funny, informative and very interesting book about the period. A book that can be read cover to cover or just dipped into.
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on 22 April 2013
I liked this book and it gave me a good knowledge of Egyptians. That's why I liked this book .
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on 3 January 2014
loved as back up to school project. she went on to make a cat mummy as part of class dsplay
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on 29 January 2014
This book was entertaining, yet informative. It's quite an easy read, so it is good for a quick read before bed!
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on 3 January 2014
it's a good read on kindle and lots of stuff to learn from the book. recommended for all if you like history.
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on 13 July 2015
Fantastic books, this one is great fun and very educational. Can't wait for a new one to come out. These books should be used in schools for a more fun way to learn about history.
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