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Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  22 reviews
With compelling comic-style illustrations, a colossus's worth of facts, and dramatic fold-out spreads, Marcia Williams brings Egyptian myths to life.

The stories of the Egyptian pharaohs and their ancient gods are full of mystery and adventure. In this retelling of nine tales of ancient Egypt, Marcia Williams uses her signature comic-strip style to capture the rich mytholog
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published May 28th 2011)
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I love mythology, Egyptian Mythology, and this series of books by Marcia Williams.

Typical of Marcia Williams' books this is set up in a comic strip format with the narrative told underneath the strips and funny, comical asides coming from the characters depicted in the cartoons. The most popular tales are told here in a fairly linear order so that one story leads onto the next with the exception of jumping many years to Cleopatra at the end. The book begins with the mythology
Tom Stickings
This book provides a journey through Ancient Egyptian history in the form of a number of very short illustrated stories, focusing on different people and periods. Beginning with Ra and the birth of Egypt and continuing all the way to Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh, the book moves so quickly that characters sometimes seem to come and go before the reader has a chance to get to know them. The quirky and colourful illustrations, however, keep every page fresh and entertaining.

Tales of Gods and Pharaoh
Katherine Cowley
"In the beginning, there was only the deep, dark water of Nun. Then out of the water rose an island. On the island stood Ra, the Shining One. Ra was the first god to stand on the land of Egypt." And so begins Marcia Williams' retelling of some of the most famous myths and historical stories of ancient Egypt.

The graphic novel form is perfect for the retelling of Egyptian myth. In part, as Williams explains, this is because "the ancient Egyptians were among the very first comic-strip artists." Th
Totally charming: I'm impressed with Marcia Williams' cartooning and storytelling for kids...
The stories of the Egyptian pharaohs and their ancient gods are full of mystery and adventure. In this retelling of nine tales of ancient Egypt, Marcia Williams uses her signature comic-strip style to capture the rich mythology and early history of this great civilization. Beginning with powerful Ra rising from the waters of the Nile to create the gods of the earth, sky, and rain, Ancient Egypt takes rea
Ellen Shackley
Genre: Graphic Novel

Summary: The various tales and myths of the ancient Egyptian gods are told through the use of cartoon strips, word blurbs, and comical illustrations.

A. Area of Focus: Style

B. The author effectively presents information that can sometimes be dull for younger children to read in a very comical and engaging way.

C. Throughout the book, the author presents the story underneath of the cartoons while the people in the illustrations are saying/ doing the text says but usually with a
Sep 16, 2013 Chessa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6-10 year olds interested in Ancient Egypt
Recommended to Chessa by: Rebecca Rupp Resources
This is a great, engaging book of myths and history of Ancient Egypt. Written half comic, half narrative style (the story told below the panes of illustrations, with some dialogue happening within the panes), it was entertaining and informative for me and my 7-year-old son. Right before reading it, we had read a chapter in Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor about Egyptian Gods, and so it was interesting to then reread the story (Osiris and Set and the coffin) and t ...more
Don’t be deceived by its large, picture-book size. This is basically a graphic novel about ancient Egyptian myths, with the illustrations evoking ancient Egyptian art. It has nice, clean storytelling too, with the exception of a cat narrator at the bottom of each page, telling readers facts about ancient Egypt that are tangentially related to the main myth story featured above. The cat is a bit distracting, but it does provide some nice background info that will enrich students’ appreciation of ...more
Reading Level: Intermediate
Genre: Picture Book, Folktales
Review: This book contains illustrated myths of ancient Egypt. I first grabbed it off the shelf after a quick skim through--the illustrations are almost in a comic book format, with speech bubbles, little stories going on in the margins, and fabulous illustrations. However, after reading it, I felt like the busy pages detracted from the actual stories. It was hard to follow along with so much happening on every page.
Sandra Y.
This book provides a journey through Ancient Egyptian history, beginning with Ra and the birth of Egypt, all the way to Cleopatra, the last of Egypt's great Pharaohs. The book is a quick glance at Egyptian Gods and Pharaohs-highlighting the most famous.
The book is written in a graphic novel format, with beautiful, atypical Egyptian artistry.
Personally I really enjoyed this book, I love Ancient Egyptian history, and I felt the illustrations did it justice and then some. In addition, not typicall
Oct 14, 2011 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history lovers, feminists, cat lovers
This includes several myths of Egyptian gods and several stories of their most famous pharaohs, including Osiris, Tutankamon, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra among others. A subthesis is a description of how important cats were to Egyptions, which includes most of the gags of the book. The author's bias shows, with such a large proportion of the book devoted to the relatively few notable females in Ancient Egypt, including Isis, Hathor and Bastet. Very enjoyable introduction to Ancient Egypt. One comp ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Generally, I'm not fond of Marcia Williams' comic book-style illustrations, but in this case they suited the subject well. This is easily my favorite of all her books. Her colorful illustrations add a touch of humor to the stories of ancient Egypt's gods and Pharaohs with the side comments of some of the characters and the goofy looks on some of their faces. I particularly liked the comments and historical notes related by the cat in the bottom panels of the pages. I also enjoyed the fold-out pa ...more
This comic-strip style book is clearly written by an enthusiast rather than an expert, but it is quite entertaining and engaging nonetheless, just don't rely upon it as an authoritative source.
Brittany & Kids
Sososososososososososososososo cool. I want to read again. I like it so much. It was funny. It is like a comic book. You should read it.
The kids LOVE this comic-style tale of ancient Egyptian gods and pharaohs.
Jessica Harrison
With numerous characters, images and myths, tales of ancient Egypt can be confusing. Not so in "Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharohs." Here, those stories play out in comic-style illustrations complete with fold-out spreads. This treatment offers a simplified and more accessible view. There's a lot going on in each frame and page, which can be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, there is a clear division between tales, creating perfect stopping points for when young readers hit information ov ...more
What Marcia Williams does is brilliant. She grabs Shakespeare's plays, and the Canterbury Tales, and the Seven Voyages of Sinbad and the like, and transforms them into shorter, funnier stories that allow kids to enjoy them, get the general gist, and, perhaps most importantly, understand what happens in these stories beneath their veneer of language and manners.

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Adriana Guillen
This book at first thought it would be confussing it may be for young children, maybe more older children that can keep up with so much at one time. This book begins with Ra and the creation of Egypt continuing with Egypt Pharoahs ending with Clepatra. It goes quite fast but with its meaning present. I feel like I had never read a book like this and it was very interesting and I enjoyed it. It had a lot of history, for example why a cat has nine lives.
Marcia Williams' books are great. They read quite a bit like comics.

Ancient Egypt being a fascination in the house, this book was an easy winner here. It was nice to get to read some of the mythology in an easy format. The jump from Tutankhamen to Cleopatra is a bit abrupt, though somewhat understandable.
Lovely pictures, good selection of stories. The cat which somewhat leads you through the book is cute, if a bit distracting.
Brenda Kahn
A rollicking, if rapid romp through ancient Egypt in colorful comic book style complete with peanut gallery.
Awesome Childrens book that tells about the major Pharohs of ancient Egypt in an easy to read format.
Fun, colorful introduction to Egyptian myth and history.
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Marcia Williams began to develop her distinctive comic-book style at an early age: "When I was about ten and wrote home to my family from boarding school," she says, "I never wrote normal letters. I tried to tell my family about what I was doing in a way that was more fun. Also, my parents didn't let me read comic books, so I decided to create my own."

This former nursery school teacher blends her
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