Book reviews and recommendations, Children 6-10

Horrible Histories – The Awesome Egyptians

Author: Terry Deary

Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction

Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library

The Awesome Egyptians gives you some awful information about fabulous Pharaohs and poverty-stricken peasants – who lived an awesome 5,000 years ago! Find out why some pharaohs wore false beards and made revolting recipes for 3,000 year old sweets. History has never been so horrible!

Each of the books in the Horrible Histories series focuses on a specific time in history. The Awesome Egyptians is full of facts about Egyptian life, their gods, their customs and their pyramids. Find out how the pyramids were built, whether or not the “curse of Tutankhamun” is true, and what life was like for a peasant in Egypt. If history sometimes comes across as dry and boring, this book and the rest of the series is the complete opposite of that.  I loved this series of books when I was younger, and I have read almost all of them. They came in handy for school projects – and there is another interesting book in the series about the Egyptians, called The Awful Egyptians. This book is suitable for children aged 8 and over. 

Available on BorrowBox as an ebook.

 Prefer a physical copy? Feel free to request it online from your local library make an appointment to visit your local library and collect it when we notify you it has arrived.


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