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A Course in the Wonders of Egypt

From the 'Ology series

edited by Dugald Steer & illustrated by Nick Harris ; Ian Andrew & Helen Ward

Age Range: 10 - 12

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2932-4
Publisher: Candlewick

Designed more for a quick flip-through than any sort of serious study, this appendage to 2004’s Egyptology looks like a battered notebook of general remarks about ancient Egypt with memorabilia clipped in, compiled by “Emily Sands,” the fictive vanished archeologist. The special effects are limited to a page of stickers, a pasted-in envelope and a few flimsy flaps; the illustrations mix shadowy pencil drawings with realistically drawn old photos, brochures, leather edges, stains and scraps of ephemera. The text, written with eye-glazing dullness and presented in alternating blocks of globby typewriter face and a nearly illegible italic script, is rife with vague claims—“ . . . there is evidence that a large number of the population could read and write, including a number of women”—unsupported by specific information, sources or even an index. Flashy but perfunctory. (Fictionalized nonfiction. 10-12)