Mummy Mazes: A Monumental Book

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The first new idea in maze books since Egyptian times. Originally self- published, Mummy Mazes has won awards and seals of approval from Dr. Toy, The National Parenting Center, Independent Publishers, and Creative Child Magazine.

Written and drawn by Elizabeth Carpenter, Mummy Mazes is ingeniously designed to open up to 28 poster-size pages—these are deliciously big mazes, the kind kids will pore over for hours. There are mummies, monuments, and intricate murals, ancient gods ...

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Overview

The first new idea in maze books since Egyptian times. Originally self- published, Mummy Mazes has won awards and seals of approval from Dr. Toy, The National Parenting Center, Independent Publishers, and Creative Child Magazine.

Written and drawn by Elizabeth Carpenter, Mummy Mazes is ingeniously designed to open up to 28 poster-size pages—these are deliciously big mazes, the kind kids will pore over for hours. There are mummies, monuments, and intricate murals, ancient gods and the Pharaoh’s mask, scarabs, an Egyptian night sky, and the Giant Sphinx who guards the pyramid complex at Giza. The meticulously drawn mazes lead kids through hieroglyphics, cracks in the limestone, detailed wall paintings, and more. Adding to the fun, each maze is linked by an adventure—the reader joins Professor Archie Ologist on an expedition from the Colossi of Memnon into the heart of long-lost tombs, learning along the way about the cat-goddess Bastet, why both men and women wore wigs, and how much linen it sometimes took to wrap an important mummy (three miles’ worth!). Once all the mazes are completed, there’s a hieroglyphic puzzle to solve at the end—and then the whole doubles as a coloring book. The pages are perforated to tear, color, and then display on the wall.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
Puzzle fans and future Egyptologists will find hours of entertainment in this collection of intricate mazes. Each poster-sized maze features an Egyptian artifact or monument. A short narrative describes archeological techniques and information about ancient Egypt. Many pages also have small text boxes with interesting facts and details. Readers work their way through the mazes, collecting hieroglyphs as they correctly solve the maze. The hieroglyphs create a code at the back of the book, which can only be solved once all the mazes are complete. The intricate mazes can also be colored and made into posters. Because the pages are not bound, students can easily remove them. Of course, this also means that the books will not work well in permanent collections or libraries. It would however, be an excellent supplement to social studies units on ancient civilizations. Weary car travelers will also find hours of quiet entertainment. Best of all, the final pages of the book contain answer keys to all of the mazes in the book. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761160748
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,025,102
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Carpenter, author of DinoMaze, is an illustrator, a game designer, and an entrepreneur and founder of Mazeology. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

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    Stories for Children 5 Star Review

    Reviewed by: Nancy Messmore

    Synopsis: Professor Archie Ologist needs help! He has collected 28 oversized mazes that need to be solved. Once each maze is worked out, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic is uncovered; collect them all and solve the whole puzzle!

    Before solving the maze on each 12" x 17-1/2" page, the professor has important background facts to read. Each page can be colored and torn out to hang as posters. Solving all of the puzzles is only half the fun. When the final message from the mummy is decoded, readers will have learned about ancient Egypt.

    Overall thoughts: Combining a history lesson with enormous mazes is a fun way to support what children are learning in school. In fact, this book supplements lessons on ancient Egypt by reinforcing information in an entertaining format. Once complete, each page can be removed from the book and hung on the wall as reference. Teachers and homeschoolers will appreciate this aspect of the book. Parents will also want to have a copy at home to reinforce lessons from school in an entertaining format.

    This is not just a coloring book or a simple book of puzzles. The mazes are challenging and children will need to use their best problem-solving skills to work through the book. But do not fear-if a puzzle is too hard, answers are tucked in the back of the book! Additionally, following the story of Professor Archie Ologist will engage readers; the tale is as entertaining as it is educational. For entertainment with an educational twist, this book is the complete package that will engage readers and problem-solvers for a long time!

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Edutaining: Fun and Educational!

    Synopsis: Professor Archie Ologist needs help! He has collected 28 oversized mazes that need to be solved. Once each maze is worked out, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic is uncovered; collect them all and solve the whole puzzle!

    Before solving the maze on each 12" x 17-1/2" page, the professor has important background facts to read. Each page can be colored and torn out to hang as posters. Solving all of the puzzles is only half the fun. When the final message from the mummy is decoded, readers will have learned about ancient Egypt.

    Overall thoughts: Combining a history lesson with enormous mazes is a fun way to support what children are learning in school. In fact, this book supplements lessons on ancient Egypt by reinforcing information in an entertaining format. Once complete, each page can be removed from the book and hung on the wall as reference. Teachers and homeschoolers will appreciate this aspect of the book. Parents will also want to have a copy at home to reinforce lessons from school in an entertaining format.

    This is not just a coloring book or a simple book of puzzles. The mazes are challenging and children will need to use their best problem-solving skills to work through the book. But do not fear-if a puzzle is too hard, answers are tucked in the back of the book! Additionally, following the story of Professor Archie Ologist will engage readers; the tale is as entertaining as it is educational. For entertainment with an educational twist, this book is the complete package that will engage readers and problem-solvers for a long time!

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    I'm addicted to puzzles and I love the mazes in this book! I've always been fascinated with mummies and Egypt. That was always my favorite thing to study in school. Mummy Mazes will keep you and your kid happily busy for a while. Five stars!

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