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Tutankhamun became king when he was only nine years old. When he died - aged just eighteen - he was sealed in a treasure-filled tomb. Somehow he and his tomb escaped the attentions of the ubiquitous tomb robbers, lying undisturbed until the archaeological expedition.

NEW! KING TUT! 3D WALL POSTER BOOK Tango Books (1 Oct 2010)

A wonderful 1 metre long pop-up cartoon-style poster book - illustrated on the right of this page.

KING TUTANKHAMUN: ACTIVITY BOOKS / POP-UPS

TERRIBLE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMUN POP-UP ADVENTURE - Horrible Histories
by Terry Deary and Martin Brown (2008)

A spectacular 3D awesome Egyptian adventure!

Prepare to be amazed as the nasty bits are revealed in the 'pops' and 'pull-outs' as you track master-thief Antef and his crew of criminals through three action-packed rooms. Your mission: to foil them as they attempt to pull off the biggest tomb-robbery of all time - to empty Tut's tomb of its finest treasures!

Complete with a host of 'press out and play' characters.

MUMMY MYSTERIES: THE SECRET WORLD OF TUTANKHAMUN AND THE PHARAOHS - with POP-UP PYRAMIDS, HIEROGLYPH DECODER & MUMMY MASK by Joyce A. Tyldesley (Carlton Books, 2007)

Filled with pullouts, pop-ups, envelopes and other bits and pieces, this is a wonderfully interesting book - an 'exploration' in itself!

Travel to the deep, dark tombs of the pharaohs to uncover mummies, spells and treasure. Unravel the secret ritual of mummification and the identity of the mysterious boy-king Tutankhamun. Explore the wonders of pyramid building, eerie animal-headed deities and cryptic hieroglyphic writing.

Mummy Mysteries is good introduction to life - and death - in ancient Egypt, written by one of the formost egyptologist 'communicators'. It is fun - but also academically accurate and easy to understand.

TUTANKHAMUN: ULTIMATE ACTIVITY BOOK by Hendrikje M. Nouwens (British Museum Press, 2007)

"Tutankhamun: Ultimate Activity Book" tells the amazing story of the boy King's life and death - and the discovery of his tomb.

Activities are based on pull-out card pages with easy-to-follow instructions. Press out and make your own model of Tutankhamun's tomb, play a Tutankhamun card game, press out and wear copies of royal Egyptian jewellery, find out how to make an Egyptian tunic and write a letter in hieroglyphs.

TUTANKHAMUN STICKER BOOK (The Five Mile Press, 2006)

Uncover the legend of Tutankhamun in this awesome sticker book. Loads of information and stunning photographs with 12 pages of amazing stickers.

TUTANKHAMUN DELUXE JIGSAW (Deluxe Jigsaw Book)

KING TUT COLORING BOOK (Pictorial Archives) by Patricia J. Wynne (Dover, 2005)



KING TUTANKHAMUN: READERS

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT KING TUT? (Library Binding) by Susan Harkins (Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2008)

A short easy-to-read non-fiction chapter book for beginning readers - 5 chapters plus chronology, glossary and pronunciation guide, index and a reference section sugesting further sources, with a bibliography and a list of 'works consuted on the internet' to help children develop good reading and research skills.

TUT'S MUMMY: LOST...AND FOUND (Step Into Reading: A Step 4 Book)

A surprising early reader about the death and burial of an ancient Pharaoh and his discovery in the 20th Century by Howard Carter, leading an expedition for Lord Carrington. Full of photos and beautiful, almost impressionistic illustrations. Large print, easy to read. Older children will enjoy it too!

THE CURSE OF KING TUT'S MUMMY (Stepping Stone Chapter Books) (Library Binding) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and James Nelson (2007)

Topeka Bindery (Jan 2007)library

KING TUTANKHAMUN IN FICTION - AND VERSE

KING TUTENKHAMEN - BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

Tutankhamun and the Golden Chariot - Hopscotch Histories TUTANKHAMUN AND THE GOLDEN CHARIOT by Damian Harvey and Graham Philpot (Hopscotch Histories, 2008)

also see Hardcover Edition (2007)

The Lost Diary Of Tutankhamun's Mummy (Lost Diaries) by Clive Dickinson THE LOST DIARY OF TUTANKHAMUN'S MUMMY (LOST DIARIES) by Clive Dickinson

Also available as The Lost Diary Boxed Set: "Lost Diary of Shakespeare's Ghostwriter", "Lost Diary of Julius Caesar's Slave", "Lost Diary of Erik Bloodaxe", "Lost Diary of Tutankhamun's Mummy"

Note: The Lost Diary Of Tutankhamun's Mummy is featured in Young Children's Literacy Development, by Naima Browne

TUTANKHAMUN'S ARROW (Collins Red Storybooks) Karen Wallace

An arrow found in a junk shop leads twins back in time and place to Ancient Egypt. They watch the funeral of King Tutankhamun. But how will they get back to the future? Only the pictures in the tomb and a mysterious black cat can help them.

THE TOMB OF THE BOY KING: A TRUE STORY IN VERSE by John Frank

Obviously a true storyteller at heart, poet John Frank manages to captivate children and adults with his engaging words, rhythms of of measured quatrains and eloquent details. Franks drags his audience in from the very start, with images of ancient grave robbers moving "with catlike stealth" in the Valley of the Kings. Having set the scene, he fast-forwards 30 centuries to the archaeological expedition discovering the gold-filled tomb - and it's curse - and the mysterious death of Lord Carnarvon.

The reading level (ages 4-8) could be greatly extended as this is perfect read-aloud, and the writing is excellent. Frank uses alliteration, vivid imagery and metaphor to create an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement. The image of a curse as dangerous as a sharpened sword', and of an afterlife 'born again from death's dark womb' have a certain power to fascinate!

The book is beautifully presented, with lovely line and wash paintings in the style of old photographs, and the text is punctuated with illustrations of ancient artefacts and portraits.

HOWARD CARTER: SEARCHING FOR KING TUT - Science Superstar Series (Scientific American) by Barbara Ford and Janet Hamlin

The Scientific American "Science Superstar" series is a set of biographies designed for juvenile readers ages 7 to 12. They show us real people struggling to overcome obstacles, self doubt and personal weaknesses, and are written in a clear, appealing style.

Howard Carter's fascinatation with the Egyptian pharoahs began when he was a child. He wasn't in the slightest bit deterred by lack of money - and he he pursued his theory stubbornly, and even agressively, despite lack of any evidence. "Searching For King Tut" takes us behind-the-scenes and reveals the intrigue which surrounded his now famous discovery.

Other titles in the "Science Superstar" series series successfully present a career in science as a realistic life choice - but "Searching For King Tut" really reveals the reality of the politics involved in treasure hunting. The science used in archaeology loses out to this theme.

It's a good read!

more of The Scientific American "Science Superstar" series

FUNNY BOOKS ABOUT KING TUT

TUT, TUT (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka

The Time Warp trio heads for Ancient Egypt - Fred is tantalized by the treasure of King Tut; Sam thinks it would be awful to be a mummy, and Joe wants the Sphinx to do the work on his History worksheet. The trio end up in a hilarious hieroglyphic tangle. Fun for all ages!

YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE AN EGYPTIAN MUMMY! DISGUSTING THINGS YOU'D RATHER NOT KNOW by David Stewart, illustrated by David Antram

Get ready - you are a wealthy ancient Egyptian, and you are about to drop dead! To enter the afterlife your body must be turned into a 'mummy'.
Now is your chance to answer some very strange questions . . .
A mummy's brain pulled out through it's nose - but how?
Each mummy is given false eyes - but what are they made from?
What is a body stuffed with to make the finished mummy look so realistic?
And there's a chapter about cat mummies! Here's another gruesome read that will have primary age children hooked within seconds.

YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE TUTANKHAMEN! YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE TUTANKHAMEN! A MUMMY WHO REALLY GOT MEDDLED WITH by David Stewart, illustrated by David Antram (2007)

This is a different book from You Wouldn't Want To Be An Egyptian Mummy! - but has the same fantastic presentation.

You are Tutankhamen is an Egyptian prince living in a time of turmoil and change, and the book opens with a colourful introduction to your 'rather complicated' family.

Your dad, Akhenaten, has upset the priests by abandoning the old gods. The people are equally unhappy. One day all this will be yours, Tutankhamen! Never mind, there are some Top Tips from Experts:

  • Marry your sister as a way of keeping power in the family.
  • Don't let the army general Horemheb get too powerful.
  • Don't change your country's religion or the priests will be powerful enemies.
  • Tutankhamen: for you dying is just the beginning.

This wacky approach helps children think about to the mysterious death of the Boy King, his journey to the afterlife, the threat of tomb raiders and his final re-discovery by archaeological excavators.

Like the other titles in this series, You Wouldn't Want To Be Tutankhamen! is a useful literacy resource, with contents, index, glossary and annotations.

You Wouldn't Want To Be Tutankhamen! is also available in other editions
and as a Library Edition (2007)

General note about the "You Wouldn't Want To Be . . ." series

"You Wouldn't Want To Be . . ." books are perfect for both confident and struggling readers (if you can live with the ungrammatical titles!)

Each title is calculated to draws in even the most reluctant reader - and keep them reading with a lighthearted tone and hilarious illustrations. The humorous "Handy Hints" (related directly to the text) displayed on each spread are just one of the many features that help breathe life into long dead cultures and traditions of ancient civilizations and make history much more accessible.

For older children, use the DANGER ZONE series, such as "AVOID BEING TUTANKHAMUN!" (reviewed below)

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"You Wouldn't Want To Be . . ." series

DANGER ZONE - AVOID BEING TUTANKHAMUN! (Danger Zone) by David Stewart, illustrated by David Antram

KING TUT'S CURSE! by Jacqueline Morley (2007)

On the day the tomb was opened, Carter's pet canary was swallowed by a cobra. At the exact time of Lord Carnarvon's death all the lights went out in Cairo and his three-legged dog howled and dropped dead. And there are other stories about people supposedly affected by the curse.

Was the Curse of Pharaoh really to blame? This book analyses the way in which events were interpreted at the time they happened, and considers possible scientific causes.

Bursting with detailed observations - and fantastic, humorous, colourful illustrations and a full glossary and index - this is an accessible and entertaining way to promote thinking skills.

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KING TUTENKHAMEN: BOOKS FOR A GENERAL READERSHIP

The Complete Tutankhamun: The King * the Tomb * the Royal Treasure THE COMPLETE TUTANKHAMUN: THE KING * THE TOMB * THE ROYAL TREASURE by Nicholas Reeves, The Seventh Earl of Carnarvon

A full and profusely illustrated account of the world's greatest archaeological discovery: the tomb of Tutankhamun and its breathtaking treasures.

TUTANKHAMUN AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PHARAOHS: OFFICIAL COMPANION BOOK TO THE EXHIBITION by Zahi A. Hawass (National Geographic Books)

The National Geographic companion to the National Geographic Tutankhamun Exhibition held in the O2 centre (Millennium Dome) 2007 - 2008. Appropriately enough this version comes without the 'audioguide' designed to take museum visitors on a tour around the museum (and which added considerably to the price of this book when sold at the exhibition shop.)

TUTANKHAMUN: AND THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF ANCIENT EGYPT Star Fire Guide, 2007

The skill of the Ancient Egyptians is clearly visible in the beautiful artefacts and artworks - from mummies, coffins and statues to jewelery, gold and woodwork - which they left behind.

TUTANKHAMEN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE BOY-KING by Christine El Mahdy TUTANKHAMEN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE BOY-KING by Christine El Mahdy

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