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by Demi and illustrated by Demi

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5558-2
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Hidden for 32 centuries, the tomb of Egypt’s boy king, Tutankhamun, is an endless source of wonder and supposition. Many question how the king died. Demi, instead, chooses to focus on how he lived. Set amid the religious conflicts of Tutankhamun’s ancestors and inspired by artifacts found in the king’s tomb, the narrative traces the young king’s rise to power. After a childhood filled with hunting, music and studies, Tutankhamun takes the throne when he is about nine. He later restores Egypt’s old religion and gives people the freedom of worship. In a tale rife with names, dates and voyages from here and back, the author manages to keep a simple, straightforward flow. An ancient Egyptian verse sets the tone on the very first page: “O, Egypt—how beautiful indeed is the sight; / How pleasant indeed is the view!” Using rich jewel tones, bursting yellows and, of course, opulent gold ink, the exquisite art does not fall short. A beautiful sight indeed. (author’s note, resources, family tree, map) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)