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Aug 07 2019

The giant moth mummy by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

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Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies. Walker Books, 2019. ISBN: 9781760650018.
(Age: 10+) Recommended, Mummies, Egypt, Humour. The second in the series, Bab Sharkey and the animal mummies has boy pharaoh, Bab return to the Egyptian city of Memphis to confront the mummy with an upside down head, ready to save the city from this monster, one amongst many. The first of this singularly funny stories, The weird beard appeared in 2018, penned by The Chaser's Andrew Hansen, and co author, Jessica Roberts who developed the idea for these stories after her trip to Egypt where she saw mummified animals in a museum.
The first in the series introduced the hero Bab and his encounters with the pharaoh's strange beard amongst the city of Animal Mummies brought oddly to life. Magic and fantasy meld in these books, and with lashings of an off beat humour will appeal to mid to upper primary people.
The second novel, The giant moth mummy has a giant moth which causes havoc with only Bab able to pacify it along with the help of the other odd animal mummies in the city. I was intrigued with the amount of information given about Egyptian history as the stories unfold, blended in between the magic and adventure, enough for readers to develop some ideas about Ancient Egypt and perhaps have them look further. A third outing of this fine series, The spongy void, is also available.
Fran Knight

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