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Children's LiteratureYoung readers are sure to find this book about a child ruler exciting. As part of the series, "Kids Who Ruled" it allows readers to vicariously experience the life and times of King Tut. A border of Egyptian art bands the top of the cover. The invitation on the cover to discover buried treasures invites readers to dive into the book and learn more. A timeline and map of ancient Egypt are appropriately presented on the first spread in the book. Both pave the way to keeping ancient events and places in perspective. Especially appealing are the sidebars containing imaginary essays or letters written by Tut or people living at that time. The messages are written on a scroll of paper. Their contents range from a report on Tut's ancestors to rules about attending a banquet at the palace. Separate sidebars framed in color define such things as a shaduf—used to shift floodwaters to fields—and a hat of scented animal fat worn for special occasions. The text itself is both engaging and informative. Illustrations are packed with images and are sure to be reviewed time and time again. Historical facts are woven into the story in an appealing way. 2003, Peter Bidrick Books/McGraw-Hill Children's Publishing, Ages 7 to 12.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury