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Adventures in Ancient Egypt [Paperback]

Linda Bailey , Bill Slavin
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Sept. 1 2000 Good Times Travel Agency
Adventures in Ancient Egypt mixes fact and fiction for fast, funny and fascinating romps through the past. Kids will love the book's contemporary comic-book look with its zany illustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information. In this book, the Binkerton twins, Josh and Emma, and their little sister, Libby, stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency and take a once-in-a-lifetime trip back to Ancient Egypt!

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its funniest April 18 2007
By Joanna
Format:Paperback
This book, as well as the five others available is the series, is a wonderful introduction to history. My daughter was given the series just as she was going into grade one and she likes them so much that she has given one or more in the series as birthday gifts to her friends for past three years.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Can Be Fun! Oct. 15 2005
By Lara Croft - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I got this book along with several others for my first grader. We homeschool and are studying Ancient Egypt. We loved this book! This was by far my son's favorite. It is easy to find "photos and facts" types of book on Egypt, but this one adds a bit of fiction and adventure to the mix. It is kind of like the Magic Tree House books, but in a picture book format. The book is an adventure story with factual information listed at the bottom of each page (I guess sort of like Magic School Bus type books too). I will definitely be checking out the others in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome History Lesson Sept. 24 2008
By Donna J. Doak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I agree with the previous review that this book was similar to the Magic Treehouse series, but I think this book was even better than those. My six year old daughter and I loved this book. We planned on splitting it up over two nights of reading, but got so involved in the story that we read the whole book in one sitting! Super imformative and the story was woven well into the Ancient Egypt facts!! We read this as part of a homeschool lesson, but any kid who is interested in Ancient Egypt would be thrilled with this story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series for Kids Jan. 31 2010
By TMG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I checked out the Vikings book of this series from the library when my son was in kindergarten. This was an amusing and informative way to learn about Vikings. I have since purchased Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, and Adventures in the Ice Age.

These are well-written, well-drawn books that will give my son years of enjoyment and I recommend them for any bookshelf!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and engaging Aug. 12 2011
By NK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 7 year old loves this book. It's education and engaging. It is a bit long, but she seems to enjoy it very much. I love that she's learning something while reading it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Dec 26 2012
By J J Hillgrandmajoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series of books Good Times Travel Agency is written and formatted in such a way that the children really enjoy the topic.
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