The Jewel Fish of Karnakby Graeme Base
Far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market. In a merciful moment, the Pharaoh decides to give the two friends one last chance: they must journey up the River Nile to the temple of Karnak and bring back something that has been taken from her a beautiful and precious… See more details below
Far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market. In a merciful moment, the Pharaoh decides to give the two friends one last chance: they must journey up the River Nile to the temple of Karnak and bring back something that has been taken from her a beautiful and precious Jewel Fish. But she has a warning for the two:
“Do not take anything else while you are in Karnak. And know that the Jewel Fish is magical. Be sure it does not get wet.”
Jackal and Ibis are not very clever and ignore the Cat Pharaoh's words, taking a few extra treasures for themselves . . . and disaster follows!
It’s up to readers to work out from the pages of the book what the Jewel Fish looks like, then log on to www.graemebase.com, where the Cat Pharaoh and Crocodile Prince wait for their treasures to be returned. A cunning mechanical device in the back of the book holds the final key to the puzzle.
And on the back of the book’s jacket is a poster map of ancient Egypt with facts about the actual places and mythological characters in the story.
Complete with hieroglyphics and sparkling jewels, here is a cautionary tale set amongst the wonders of an ancient world, from the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of such classics as Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Legend of the Golden Snail.
Detailed paintings accompanied by panels of hieroglyphics grace a slim plot and a perplexing puzzle.
Jackal and Ibis are two (amusingly) low-life characters in ancient Egypt. Caught stealing, they are offered the chance to avoid punishment by retrieving a jeweled fish for the Cat Pharaoh. Not surprisingly, given that they have described themselves as "poor and stupid thieves," they manage to muff this opportunity when they accidentally allow the golden fish to make contact with water—the very thing they had been warned against. Magically coming to life, the fish swims away, condemning them to spend the rest of their lives searching for it. Readers are invited to help by identifying the lost fish using a series of movable pages embedded in the back cover. Sliding each of the three circles creates fish of varying patterns. Discovering the correct pattern and reporting it to the author's website will bring an unspecified reward. As always, Base's illustrations are appealing and elaborate. An alphabetical key that accompanies the hieroglyphics provides access to additional content. Endpapers appear to be textured stone. Jackal and Ibis have expressive eyes that enhance the humor and effectively convey their emotions, while the snappish Crocodile Prince's fierce fangs seem sharp enough to pierce the page.
Base's fans will be thrilled to have another challenge to pore over. (Picture book. 7-10)
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- 11.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Graeme Base received international acclaim for his smash hit Animalia, which has sold more than two million copies. Among his many other beloved and bestselling books are Enigma, The Eleventh Hour, The Water Hole, and The Golden Snail. He lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.
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