Pepi and the Secret Names: Help Pepi Crack the Hieroglyphic Code

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Set in ancient Egypt, this is the adventure story of how Pepi, armed with his knowledge of secret names, brings models of the animal gods to life. The book has been shortlisted for the 1994 Primary English Picture Book Award and the Children's Book Award 1995.

As he paints the lion, hawk, crocodile, and cobra that his son has managed to coax to serve as models for the decorations on the tomb of Prince Dhutmose, Pepi's father ...

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Overview

Set in ancient Egypt, this is the adventure story of how Pepi, armed with his knowledge of secret names, brings models of the animal gods to life. The book has been shortlisted for the 1994 Primary English Picture Book Award and the Children's Book Award 1995.

As he paints the lion, hawk, crocodile, and cobra that his son has managed to coax to serve as models for the decorations on the tomb of Prince Dhutmose, Pepi's father captures an even more important animal.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pyramids, hieroglyphics, secret names, a lowly painter and an exacting pharaoh-the elements of this elegantly illustrated story are ripe with possibilities, but they never cohere. When Pepi's father descends into Prince Dhutmose's tomb to paint the animals that will accompany the prince to the Land of the Dead, Pepi bravely provides him with live models-a lion, hawk, crocodile and cobra-for he has guessed their secret names (the point of a secret name, however, is never explained). In the text, the names are presented in hieroglyphics, thus bringing the story to a temporary halt; a code in the back of the book, though not linguistically accurate, allows readers to write English words in hieroglyphics ``just for fun.'' Nor are similarly elaborate details fully integrated into the narrative. Greenaway Medalist French (Anancy and Mr. Dry Bone) combines crisply stylized tomb paintings with child-pleasing caricatures of animals, but the page design sometimes seems frenetic-pale, pastel designs oddly mingling with brightly colored Egyptian motifs. While the writer and the illustrator each demonstrate individual strengths, text and pictures do little to enhance each other. Ages 6-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Ancient Egypt is the setting for this intriguing, large format, picture storybook about how young Pepi tries to help his artist father create realistic paintings of animals to decorate the walls of the tomb for Prince Dhutmose. In order to help his father impress the prince, Pepi uses his daring wits to call upon real (and dangerous) animals, like the lion and crocodile, and persuades them to help by guessing their secret names. With the aid of the hieroglyphic alphabet at the end of the book, young readers can also try to figure out the secret names. They should also enjoy finding the prince's cat, which manages to sneak into each of the paintings. The bright, Egyptian-style illustrations are very effective.
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Pepi becomes a big help to his father who is decorating Prince Dhutmose's tomb in Egypt. Through his knowledge of secret names, he is able to commandeer live models of dangerous animals for his father. The fun aspect of the story is figuring out the secret names with the hieroglyphic guide that is included with the book. Rich, sharp, colorful illustrations capture the uniqueness of Egyptian art.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Pepi's father is an artist who has been commissioned by Egyptian Prince Dhutmose to decorate his royal tomb. To help the man accurately portray creatures like the Lions of the Horizon and Horus the Hawk, Pepi befriends the real-life animals, guesses their secret names, and convinces them to pose for his father. When all the work is completed, Prince Dhutmose is well pleased with the artwork, with Pepi's talent at name-guessing, and with the chance inclusion of the prince's well-loved cat in the many tomb paintings. Based on imagination and fact, this oversized book with its brilliant illustrations in lapis, sand, and crocodile tones will make a good addition to units on ancient Egypt. Kids might also get a kick out of deciphering the hieroglyphics using the key at the back of the book.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845078737
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 734,112
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Please get this book on nook - it is part of a popular curriculu

    Please get this book on nook - it is part of a popular curriculum we use called Tapestry of Grace and we would love to buy it for nook! 

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