Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht, Young Scribe

Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht, Young Scribe

Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht, Young Scribe

Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht, Young Scribe


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"A fresh, lively voice. . . . Replete with details of daily life." — Kirkus Reviews

The year is 1464 BC, and Nakht’s family is moving to the city of Memphis. Nakht, who is studying to be a scribe, keeps a journal of the many sights and sounds of the bustling city — temples and pyramids, cargo ships, a hippopotamus hunt, even a tomb robbery. Presented as a lively diary, here is an invitation for readers to witness firsthand what life was like for one boy in Egypt 3,500 years ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763678494
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
File size: 15 MB
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Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Richard Platt has written more than forty books for young children. Ever since he first saw the leathery face of a mummy in the British museum, ancient Egypt has fascinated him. Richard Platt lives in Kent, England.

David Parkins has illustrated numerous books for children, including Webster J. Duck, written by Martin Waddell. About Egyptian Diary, he says, "It can be difficult to make the leap of imagination from the highly stylized Egyptian paintings we see in museums to what daily life was really like. My job was to take these characters and make them believable, to give them expression and personality, and to bring their world to life." David Parkins lives in Lincoln, England.

I grew up in on the outskirts of London, England. My school was a mile away, and I walked there and back on my own. This gave me the chance to muck around and get into all kinds of mud and trouble each morning and evening.

I was always rubbish at sports, and the last to be picked for any team. At high school I thought up clever ways to avoid shivering on an icy football pitch, but always seemed to get caught and punished anyway.

My dad was an engineer in the construction industry, and I thought I wanted to be one too. However, when I went to college I discovered that I couldn’t do the math. There were about ten computers in the whole country: we had to do long calculations using mechanical calculators that had handles you turned. I changed my course and studied graphic design and photography instead.

When I graduated I soon found that what I did best of all was writing. I had a knack for explaining complicated facts in a way that everyone could understand. I started writing about photography: first magazine articles, then books. I got a job editing children’s books, then went on to write them.

I’ve written more than eighty books, mostly information books for children. My first book for Candlewick was Castle Diary. Writing it terrified me, because I had never written stories before. I had a wonderful editor who gave me great advice and helped me improve the book. When Chris Riddell and David Parkins drew the pictures for this book, and for the three more diary books that followed, they managed to capture the characters of all the people in the stories exactly as I’d imagined them.

I love writing because people pay me to find out all this fascinating stuff about strange, wacky, and obscure subjects. I spend far more time than I should trying to find amazing facts that bring a subject to life. I trawl through books at home (I’ve got 3,000) and in dusty libraries.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
1. I keep chickens in my back garden.
2. I always tell very bad jokes first thing in the morning.
3. I can make string out of stinging nettles.

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