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EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt


The Journal of Nakht

by Richard Platt & illustrated by David Parkins

Age Range: 9 - 11

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2756-9
Publisher: Candlewick

Platt takes readers back more than 1,500 years, for a look at ancient Egyptian life from the point of view of a young scribe-in-training. Delighted to leave “dusty, dull Esna” behind for the wonders of Memphis, Nakht reports in a fresh, lively voice on his trip down the Nile, his experiences at home, in school, on an unsuccessful hippo hunt and elsewhere. Parkins adds a mix of vignettes and big, brawling street scenes featuring crowds of brown, bare-chested men with shaved heads and exaggerated expressions. Ultimately, for their roles in nabbing a crew of grave robbers Nakht and his big sister Tanyt are presented to the Pharaoh Hatshepsut—a woman, to their astonishment!—and Nakht enters manhood with a side-lock shaving ceremony. Replete with details of daily life and followed by several spreads of factual commentary, plus an index and source list, this chatty, oversized narrative makes a more engaging, if less grand, visit to the past than Stephen Biesty’s Egypt in Spectacular Cross-Section (Sept. 2005). (Fiction. 9-11)