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Title:
The giant book of the mummy
Author:
David, A. Rosalie (Ann Rosalie)
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Lodestar Books, [1993]

©1993
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 60 cm
Summary:
Describes the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen and its contents and discusses the religious beliefs and way of life of the ancient Egyptians.
General Note:
Cover title.

"Originally published in Great Britain in 1992 by Hamlyn Children's Books"--Cover p. [4].
Language:
English
Local Note:
First American edition: 61 x 40.3 cm. The printer's imprint, "Printed in Italy," is at the lower left corner of the last page/back cover. The volume is bound in heavy plastic-coated cardboard of the same thickness as the text pages, and all pages are in full color. The volume is pierced by a hole (0.7 cm.) near its top edge, which seems to be intended for hanging the volume on a nail or hook. Each succeeding pair of pages reveals an interior coffin of Tutankhamen. The back cover has the copyright and publication data, as well as the names of the author and illustrators.
ISBN:
9780525674139
Format :
Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

``Bigger is better'' appears to be the guiding principle behind this Brobdingnagian tome (it measures approximately 16 24). Unfortunately, spreads make no significant use of the extra space: while there are large illustrations, with details accentuated in a sort of Dorling Kindersley-style format, the exaggerated size serves essentially to draw attention to weak spots in the art (an occasionally faded palette, a frequent lack of nuance). Although the unwieldy pages make actual reading a chore, the contents are in fact rather more than the title promises--David discusses not just mummies and mummification but many facets of Egyptian culture during the reign of King Tutankhamen, including religion, palace routines, and hunting and warfare practices. Her writing is clear yet specific (we learn that mummification required about 70 days, for example). One wishes that the publisher had decided to emphasize David's text by choosing a less spectacular format. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved