Tutankhamun’s Treasure by David Long illustrations by Stefano Tambellini

Who can resist the idea of a treasure hunt? This latest offering by award winning author David Long for Barrington Stoke taps in to that desire to search and find, to follow maps and clues in search of long lost, fascinating items. Published to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb this book is full of interesting facts and background information supported by Stefano Tambellini’s black and white illustrations incorporating helpful maps and diagrams. Tutankhamun’s Treasure would be a great addition to school library and classroom bookshelves.

David Long begins his book with a look at the role of archaeologists, at the way in which their discoveries shape our view of the way in which people lived their lives hundreds or thousands of years ago. Readers are then introduced to Ancient Egypt and its evolution, the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings with the text complemented by Tambellini’s illustrations. The author then moves on to the heart of the story, Howard Carter’s fascination with Egyptology and his partnership with Lord Carnarvon that was to yield success eventually.

As with his previous titles for Barrington Stoke, Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic and Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission, David Long presents his information in an accessible and immensely readable manner. There is sufficient background detail given to enable young readers to gain an understanding of this event in an historical context but it also includes the personal element portraying the frustration felt by both men at the time it took to achieve their goal and the fact that luck and circumstance played a part in the discovery. The inclusion of labelled illustrations of the artefacts, diagrams of the rooms of the tomb and illustrations of the valley and a map of Egypt all provide a visual learning aid for readers which is helpful.

This would be a valuable book for primary schools studying Ancient Egypt and an enjoyable read for history lovers or budding archaeologists. This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. It has been edited to a reading age of 8. If you want to find out more Barrington Stoke have created this taster of the first chapter below.

I should like to thank Emma Harrison and Barrington Stoke for providing my review copy. Tutankhamun’s Treasure is out now and can be purchased on the publisher’s website.

The websites listed below have information on Ancient Egypt presented in a child friendly way. Just click on the images to access the sites…

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