CHILDREN OF THE LAMP by P.B. Kerr

CHILDREN OF THE LAMP

The Akhenaten Adventure
Age Range: 10 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Entertaining archaeological adventures unfortunately find humor in pettiness and snark. Twelve-year-old twins John and Philippa share a vision in the dentist’s office in which mysterious Uncle Nimrod encourages the children to visit. At his direction, they blackmail their parents into sending them to England, where they learn they are half-djinn. Soon they are embroiled in a race against the wicked Iblis, in a competition to turn the balance of mystical power in the world to good or evil. With the help of a djinn with an Irish brogue, a human butler with an almost intriguing past, a stereotyped Egyptian chauffeur, and a bit of cleverness, the children save the world for the forces of good while coming into their birthright. Puns abound, but too many are knowing winks to adult readers, and many others rely on snide little cruelties at the expense of secondary characters or entire nations. Funny and clever, but weakened by cheap shots. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-439-67019-5
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2004