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Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

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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
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published May 28th 2011)
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Dov Zeller
This is a beautiful graphic journey through ancient Egyptian mythology. It combines graphic sequential art with picture-book style art and brings in elements of hieroglyphic and pictographic art as well. It's reverent and funny, gorgeous and silly, educational and entertaining. There is a lot going on in this little book!

I have been seeking out and enjoying several of Marcia Williams's books the last few months. But this book uniquely showcases the depths of her skill as an artist, historian and
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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
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Nicola Mansfield
Oct 02, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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
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Tom Stickings
Sep 04, 2011 Tom Stickings rated it liked it
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.

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Mandy
Jun 21, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it
Found this interesting and informative. Told in a way that's easy to understand.
Izzy Anders
Two Graphic Novels: Book # 1
Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods & Pharaohs by Marcia Williams (c) February 26, 2013
Genre: Traditional Literature
Target Audience: Primary

Text-to-text: I believe this text could be incorporated and paired when learning about ancient Egypt, mythology, and early history, such as King Tut and Cleopatra. In this graphic novel, nine classic tales of ancient civilization within Egypt is retold by incorporating engaging comic illustrations. Children may become more susceptib
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Brent
May 24, 2012 Brent rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
Recommended to Brent by: Carlos Museum Bookshop
Totally charming: I'm impressed with Marcia Williams' cartooning and storytelling for kids. This is one of her several books telling stories for young people in an accessible cartoon style.
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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. Beginnin
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Chessa
Sep 16, 2013 Chessa rated it it was amazing
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
Ellen Shackley
Nov 26, 2012 Ellen Shackley rated it it was amazing
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
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Sandra Y.
Jan 31, 2013 Sandra Y. rated it really liked it
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
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Joan
Oct 14, 2011 Joan rated it really liked it
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
Jessica Harrison
Nov 13, 2011 Jessica Harrison rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, picture
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
Kristen
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
Adriana Guillen
Jan 23, 2012 Adriana Guillen rated it it was amazing
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.
paula
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.

Full review on Pink Me: http://pinkme.typepad.com/pink-me/201...
Tina
Oct 06, 2014 Tina rated it liked it
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.
Candice
Feb 07, 2017 Candice rated it really liked it
Really fun way to teach kids about the gods of Egypt.
Matthew
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.
Bladestryke
Feb 20, 2016 Bladestryke rated it really liked it
So adorable. It covers myth and history in such a cute way! And I love Amun ra's cat!
Brittany
The kids LOVE this comic-style tale of ancient Egyptian gods and pharaohs.
Desiree
Feb 27, 2012 Desiree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Awesome Childrens book that tells about the major Pharohs of ancient Egypt in an easy to read format.
Brenda Kahn
A rollicking, if rapid romp through ancient Egypt in colorful comic book style complete with peanut gallery.
Jessica
Jul 22, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Lovely pictures, good selection of stories. The cat which somewhat leads you through the book is cute, if a bit distracting.
Nic
Mar 24, 2015 Nic rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
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.
Lindsay Jorgensen
Mar 02, 2017 Lindsay Jorgensen rated it it was amazing
Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams- Graphic Novel 2013-
I feel this book is traditional and is something that could help children read when they're learning history of Egypt and want to read something in a fun way.
Target Audience to me is probably upper elementary/middle school, or grades 4-8, just because some students might not be as engaged in the upper level grades, so this would be a way to get them interested in reading something historical and educational.

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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.
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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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