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After thirty-two centuries of lying hidden in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings, King Tutankhamun’s sacred, royal tomb was discovered by a British archaeologist, and Tut’s story became known throughout the world. Demi sets King Tutankhamun’s life in the context of the religious beliefs of his ancestors. Born to a pharoah who had the revolutionary idea that all of Egypt must ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Two Lions (first published 2009)
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Kathryn
Demi's artwork is gorgeous. She is so talented! I'm a huge fan. There, got that out of the way ;-)

Truly, though, her work does shine here. The gold she favors is many of her illustrations is especially suited here to the ancient Egyptian style and fits perfectly with the worship of the sun god and with a young king's legacy.

I found the story really fascinating. I didn't really know anything much about "King Tut" going into this. I hadn't realized he was so young!!! I kept having to do a double
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Lisa Vegan
The illustrations are vibrant and intricate; there’s a lot of detail on every page to peruse; I would have loved pouring over the pictures when I was a kid because there’s so much to view. I’m not sure I’d find this art stile aesthetically pleasing if the subject had been different, but here it works perfectly. Illustrations of a gorgeous family tree and a map of the area are included toward the back of the book. I found the hunting scenes, especially of the lions, and the battle scenes difficul ...more
Amanda
Aug 24, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Always love Demi's illustrations, they were a great complement to the story. Learned some new things (bonus!), and passed this on to Madam who liked it too.
Mohammed Alsumaikhi
Mar 23, 2014 Mohammed Alsumaikhi rated it liked it
I like drawings. And when tutankhamun came alive.i hate when Amarna got destroyed.
Kirsten
Sep 19, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
Opening and synopsis: ”King Thutmose IV, who ruled from 1419 to 1386 BCE, was the great-grandfather of King Tutankhamun. As a young prince, Thutmose IV had many brothers and half-brothers who wanted to seize the throne.”
Illustrated with stunning images, this book places King Tut in his cultural and religious context. Demi tells of Tut’s ancestors, his life and tomb. Tut emerged as pharaoh at an interesting time in history. Inspired by Thutmose IV’s vision, Tut’s father, Akhenaten, did away with
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Vivian
Apr 01, 2015 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
I have yet to be disappointed by Demi's work. She distills key points of the subject's life into relatable and comprehensable prose for young readers. She embellishes the prose with artwork that is true to the culture of the subject. Her trademark is the ample use of gold, giving her work a shimmering quality.

I love what I can learn from her books. In this work I learned about the two sun gods: Amun and Aten and the controversy between them. I learned how the boy king's great grandfather came to
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Newengland
Picture book ARC review:

Illustrations are the real pleasure in this bio of King Tutankhamun. Demi's work is colorful, lush, awash in bright contrasts. It brings the spirit of Egypt's culture to life. As for the narrative, you will learn the basics about the young prince's life, how the loyalty of the man who hid his burial site insured the young king's fame, and how politics and family intrigue swirled around him throughout his short life.

Tut's father endorsed a new sun god, Aten, and abandoned
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Karen
Nov 05, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Not only is Demi a gifted illustrator, but she is also a skillful children's story-teller; she introduces the religious shifts of the time, shares details of Tutankhamun's childhood and family life, developing his character for young readers, and follows through with his story until the discovery of his tomb in the 20th century, all in a narrative that develops the reader's interest and curiosity.

The young king's admirable efforts to make peace through freedom of worship plays well against the
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Lynn
Demi is one the greatest children's writers out there. She mainly concentrates on famous historical figures or classic tales fron foreign lands. Tutankhamen is another one of those classic books. It has her classic artwork and writing. Always well reasearched and the illustrations represent the culture and time period, Tutankhamun tells a clear story of King Tut in a way I've never known. The royal intrigue and battle between regents are new to me. I heard that Tut might have died in a chariot a ...more
MissyLynne
Nice artwork.

The story itself doesn't feel right. The info doesn't match what scholars and experts say.
Jean-Marie
The illustrations are beautiful. The storytelling is flat and boring.
David Ni
Feb 25, 2015 David Ni rated it it was amazing
excellent book
Karen Bessin
Highly informative, with stunning illustrations!
The Library Lady
Feb 19, 2010 The Library Lady rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
This is the sort of subject that Demi excels at. You could spend hours pouring over the details of the pictures, the tiny exquisitely rendered hieroglyphics, the gold embossing. Better still, the story is well told and compelling. Another master work by one of the true stars of the children's book world.
Victoria Whipple
Beautiful illustrations together with spare text that gives the reader a lot of information make this a good book for those either with a general interest in ancient Egypt, but also enough to make it a good starting point for those interested in more research on King Tut.
Alfajirikali
May 24, 2010 Alfajirikali rated it it was ok
Great illustrations with a flourish of gold on each page, but textually not engaging.
Brent
May 25, 2012 Brent marked it as to-read
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Mrs Bond
Jun 27, 2011 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Illustrations beg the reader to touch. Includes map, genealogy.
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa
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