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Jul 18 2018

Bab Sharkey and The Animal Mummies: The weird beard by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

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Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies Book 1. Walker Books, 2018. ISBN 9781760650001
(Age: 9+) Recommended. Themes: Ancient Egypt, Humour, Time travel, Adventure. Award-winning Australian comedian Andrew Hansen, best known for "The Chaser", has teamed up with his wife, designer Jessica Roberts, to create this series of funny books, beginning with Bab and his exploration of Ancient Egypt.
This is a time travel with a difference, as our hero, twelve-year-old Bab Sharkey picks up a beard in the Egyptian desert, which attaches to his face. He is transported back in time and is now the pharaoh with some very odd powers. Bab befriends some unusual beings, a pair of undead animals wrapped in bandages called Scaler the Fish Mummy and Prong the Ibis Mummy. But the previous owner of the Beard, the ancient and evil sorceress the Unpharaoh, wants her beard back. While having the time of his life in Ancient Egypt, Bab learns more about his amazing place and it is all there for middle to upper readers who have a distinctly wacky sense of humour, and love a fast paced story served up with fun, tongues lodged firmly in cheeks, set against a fascinating background.
Fran Knight

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