×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Mouldy Mummies (Smelly Old History Series)
     

Mouldy Mummies (Smelly Old History Series)

by Mary Dobson, Chris Smedley (Illustrator), Mary Dobson
 

Lose yourself in the aromas of ancient Egypt, from the fragrant pharaohs in their palaces, to the sweaty laborers building the pyramids. Making mummies of the dead was a very smelly business—and unwrapping them thousands of years later was even worse. (Poor Tutenkhamun's finger came off with his bandages.) For sweet relief, pick up some beauty tips from the

Overview

Lose yourself in the aromas of ancient Egypt, from the fragrant pharaohs in their palaces, to the sweaty laborers building the pyramids. Making mummies of the dead was a very smelly business—and unwrapping them thousands of years later was even worse. (Poor Tutenkhamun's finger came off with his bandages.) For sweet relief, pick up some beauty tips from the indisputed queen of the Nile—Cleopatra.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Believe it or not, this is part of the "Smelly Old History" series from Oxford University, no less (other titles being Greek Grime, Tudor Odours, and so on). Well, you can exercise the olfactories in style here, because there are scratch and sniff panels sprinkled through the cartoon illustrations. Of course there's lots in Egyptian history to excite a curious pair of nostrils, from frankincense to the Pharaoh's toenails-I kid you not! There's some information in the mix as well, especially on the more grisly aspects of the life of the period. For the purist, I should mention that the cat's grease/gazelle dung rat repellant and the mouldy crocodile mummy smell nastily alike. An irreverent, zany, punny mix of fact and fiction.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Using scratch-and-sniff patches to supplement cartoon illustrations, Dobson bravely uncovers some of the more horrific stenches of Egypt's past. Intrepid readers get whiffs of a mouldy mummy, a pharaoh's stinky feet, and a dung pile, along with some supposed relief provided by frankincense and rose petals (though all the smells kind of blend into one big stink). There are also tidbits of information about Egyptian cosmetics (their kohl-painted eyes helped dull the bright sun in much the same way as the dark smudges under football players' eyes), Egyptian waste disposal systems, and mummy lore (in the Middle Ages, ground up mummy was a medicine). This title doesn't provide factual material for research papers, but the special effects are a great draw for reluctant readers, and serve as an olfactory enhancement of a study unit on ancient Egypt.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199104956
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/06/1998
Series:
Smelly Old History Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews