Adventures in Ancient Egypt Paperback – Sep 1 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-In these picture books, twins Josh and Emma Binkerton and their younger sister Libby are transported back in time after opening a travel guide about a specific historical period at the creepy, ramshackle Good Times Travel Agency, and the only way to get home is to read the book cover to cover. Each page features the siblings' ongoing story, cartoonlike illustrations with dialogue balloons, and yellowed guidebook pages that provide basic background information about the period. The stories are full of slapstick, but hold together well and involve readers. Though the plots are contrived to tie into the guidebooks, they don't seem forced and the flow is good. The guides are written in a breezy style, paying just enough attention to the grosser aspects of each civilization to help maintain interest. Slavin's sunny pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are packed with details. Kids are sure to devour these lively books.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster Area Library, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 2-5. In this first book in the Good Times Travel Agency series, which depends heavily on cartoon illustrations, the Binkerton twins, Josh and Emma, and little sister Libby stumble into a peculiar travel agency. The strange owner encourages the children to peruse his dusty, old travel guides, and no sooner does Josh open a book about ancient Egypt than the three children are transported back in time. It's 2500 B.C, and they're knee-deep in the Nile, with no chance of returning home until they've read every word of the book. A variety of adventures ensues, including encounters with crocodiles, tomb robbers, and angry soldiers. Bailey delivers not only a fast-paced story but also a fun way to convey information about Egyptian lifestyles, religion, and schools, and, of course, the pyramids and mummies. The busy cartoon illustrations support both the fiction and the facts. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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All books in the series follow the same format: the Binkerton children, twins Josh and Emma, and their impish younger sister, Libby, find themselves in a strange travel agency, which turns out to be a time-travel agency. On opening a history book handed to them by the owner of the agency (and author of the book), Mr. Julian T. Pettigrew, they are transported to the civilization that the book describes. In this case, they arrive in Ancient Egypt and have to cope with the various problems and crises they encounter -- conscripted into pyramid-building, being served beer to drink, encountering grave robbers and much, much more -- while reading the book that brought them there. In fact, they cannot get back to their own place and time until they have read the history book from cover to cover. Their adventures are very exciting and hysterically funny.
Each book in the series is illustrated like a comic book, with clear line-drawing pictures and with the dialogue in speech bubbles. The book that brought them there and that they have to study in order to return home is "reproduced" on each page so that you read the relevant historical facts as the heroes are experiencing it. For example, while the children are in an ancient Egyptian school, you also get to read the notes about schools and learning and hieroglyphs in Mr. Pettigrew's history book. This exposition has lots of detail that is, nevertheless, easy to read.Read more ›
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These are well-written, well-drawn books that will give my son years of enjoyment and I recommend them for any bookshelf!
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