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The Shadow of the Pyramid Paperback – 4 Feb 2013
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In the fourth book, as you may have guessed, they arrive in ancient Egypt – at the time of Tutankhamun. This is a very well constructed adventure, leaning heavily on Max’s abilities to act like a cat – oh, wait, he is a cat, isn’t he? Well, Max is definitely the star with all the best lines in this adventure. There are some excellent twists of the tale (or do I mean tail?) and a lovely reconstruction of a well-researched period for which there is surprisingly little evidence. Ms Leighton-Porter’s intrigue and machinations are all too believable and she may well have discovered the truth about the boy-Pharoah. Although Max was really the one who discovered the plot and almost changed history.
Full marks for a great and exciting adventure… More please!
This story starts out with Jemima being out with a friend for the day. Joe and his friend Charlie are playing Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy on the Xbox. Max, Joe and Jemima's Tonkinese cat, gets scared by the mummy on the screen so when it looks like the children's next adventure is going to take them to Egypt, Max begs them not to go!
Yes, Max can talk! Thanks to the owl charms that each child and Max wears, not only can Max talk but the children can talk in the language of wherever they are. A very useful skill!
The children and Max find themselves in King Tut's palace. Max is instantly smitten by Ankharet, the cat belonging to the king and queen! The cats and children are in a dark place overhearing a conversation between two men intent on murdering the king. Is it too late? King Tutankhamen has had an "accident" on a boat with a crocodile! Poor Max sees the bandages on the king's leg and runs howling from the room! (Actually quite amusing!)
King Tut reveals how two 'fair' people were visiting him a while back but due to not speaking their language they were hard to understand. They did show him a picture of a nice death mask though! To fit in and in order to be able to do some more spying without being noticed the children have to dress in the appropriate clothes. The maids want to shave the boys' heads but thankfully they persuade them to allow them to don wigs instead! Poor Charlie has to give up his glasses as they were not invented back then so his vision of things is all blurry. Manu, a son of a scribe, is assigned to help the children in their investigation. Can the children prevent any more attempts on the king's life?
This is a fast paced, fun, well-written and somewhat educational book. The author presents alot of historical fact along with obviously creating a very interesting fictional novel. If your child has never seen a hieroglyph then he/she will enjoy seeing the kids names in this book. Max is a great help in this novel and fun to read about him in action. It's a book you really do not want to put down as you want to find out what happens! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Max’s fear of mummies and the like afford some absolutely hilarious moments, especially since all his apparent heroics and saving the day are by accident. Author Wendy Leighton-Porter has woven a marvellous mixture of suspense, adventure, history, geography, and culture into an intriguing tale. Using real historical figures, she captures the feel and flavour of ancient times, and puts forward some quite viable theories for exactly what might have happened to Tutankhamun. As in previous books, the kids and Max are totally immersed in history, and this tale will definitely draw eager young readers to join them in the adventure. There are some interesting facts at the end of the book which will no doubt stimulate young time travellers to go and do a bit more research. Learning history the fun way is becoming the mark of this captivating series.
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