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School Library Journal
(October 1, 2003; 0-439-32462-9)
Gr 4-6-Meet Ramose, 4000-year-old boy mummy. His mother has just been stolen by grave robbers, and he is determined to find her. He leaves his sacred tomb, finds a talking camel, and is off on the grandest adventure of his "life." He arrives at the port city to see his mother being taken aboard a cruise ship, follows her on board, meets up with a group of rich boarding-school boys on a trip to Egypt, and makes friends. They agree to help Ramose find his mother, if he will win the Ping-Pong tournament for them. The story progresses in this silly manner, leading the protagonist to New York City and the museum where his mother is held captive. A daring rescue involving pigeons rounds out this unusual tale. Johnston has managed to make Ramose fit in, even though he is a mummy covered in rags, creating an interesting and likable character. Using wordplay and Ramose's misunderstanding of the modern world, the book is more outlandish than funny, but may appeal to a fourth-grader's sense of humor. Light and fluffy, this story might be just the ticket for reluctant readers.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.