The Story of Tutankhamun written by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg and published by Bloomsbury is a wonderful work of non-fiction concerning one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.
Tutankhamun is a truly compelling historical figure and this book does much to satisfy curious minds about the famous boy king. Starting with a look at his family history we learn about the controversial reign of his father before becoming king at just 9 years old.
Running alongside the history of Tutankhamun is the story of Howard Carter, the archaeologist who set out to discover his tomb and the lengths he went to succeed. And while this is a true story it is so fascinating and brilliant that it lends itself perfectly to being presented as a story in this way. The rivalry amongst the powerful Egyptian families, the fierce competition between the archaeologists and the mystery surrounding Tutankhamun’s death make for exciting reading. The build up to the tomb being discovered is excellent with powerful illustrations capturing the awe of discovering this ancient treasure.
Somewhere during this creative process a decision will have been made to not include any real photographs, not of the discovery of the tomb or even Tutankhamun’s iconic death mask. This enhances the experience of reading this as a story and, with so many unknowns surrounding the boy king, it allows readers to use their imaginations and come up with possibilities to fill in the blanks. It also serves as a great springboard for finding out more and inspiring children to conduct their own further research.
The level of detail about Ancient Egypt and the relationships between the most powerful families is excellent, there is plenty to get your teeth into as well as some great illustrated maps.
Fully accessible to a young audience but without skimping on details this is a comprehensive and fascinating look at everything we know about the life of Tutankhamun, as well as those parts that are still a mystery.
Buy The Story of Tutankhamun from Waterstones.
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