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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

Follows the discovery and excavation of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, also known as King Tut, and the myth of the curse that afflicted those involved in the tomb's exploration. Written in graphic-novel format.

GenreGraphic Nonfiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN690L
ATOS Level4.5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #85025
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Dimensions7" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $31.32 School/Library Price

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Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"When Howard Carter found the tomb of Tutankhamen there was no way he could have known how much fuss and speculation his find would cause. Of course the find itself was remarkable. Though the tomb had been broken into long ago, the thieves were disturbed and very little, if anything, was taken away by them. Thus it was that Howard Carter, and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon, were able to explore a tomb that hadn’t been opened for hundreds of years and that was filled with beautiful treasures of all kinds. Unfortunately the find gave birth to a rash of rumors which said in essence, that the tomb was cursed and that all those who were involved in the project would have an untimely death. The sudden and unexpected death of Lord Carnarvon only fed the rumors. Did the ancient Egyptian priests put a curse on the tomb before they sealed it up? This is an excellent account of the discovery and subsequent excitement that occurred in the 1920’s when King Tutankhamen’s tomb was found. Without sensationalizing the events, the author presents the story in a clear and interesting way. He also provides a lot of background material about the ancient Egyptians, their beliefs, rituals, and customs. The comics style artwork in the book makes the story especially accessible to readers who are put off by pages of text. This is one of the titles in the excellent “Graphic Library” published by Capstone Press. This series includes biographies and descriptions of events of historical interest." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

November 1, 2004

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

"The format of this informational book on King Tut differs from most of the books on this subject. Author Burgan has chosen a cartoon format to examine the curse of King Tut. Burgan has Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, the two men responsible for the excavation of the tomb, tell the story. There are only four chapters in this thirty-two-page book, but the material is presented in an interesting and visual way. The reader feels he is reading a cartoon page with colorful figures telling the story. Vivid blue, purple, and gold illustrations are used throughout the book. Chapter one opens the story with Carter heading to Egypt to find King Tut’s Tomb. Chapter two describes the opening of the tomb and the riches found inside. When Lord Carnarvon falls ill and dies and soon after his dog mysteriously dies, a mummy’s curse is suggested as the reason for the deaths. Other people who were associated with King Tut’s Tomb also died. The last chapter takes a look at the curse. Is it real or a myth? Many people thought the curse was real, while others thought the curse had been made up to generate more interest in King Tut. Scientists have said that some type of mold or fungus that grew in the tomb caused the deaths of the people who entered the tomb. Another mystery is how King Tut died. Some people think he was murdered because x-rays of King Tut’s skull show he suffered from a blow to the head. A glossary, further reading, a bibliography and internet sites are included." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

July 1, 2007

School Library Journal - Peg Glisson

"These books offer high-interest subject matter in a graphic-novel format. Historically accurate, each one presents brief information about the featured event. Yellowish-tan bubbles indicate direct quotations from primary sources. Alamo, Lincoln, and Polo are slightly stronger as stories thatn King Tut, perhaps because they are about real events while Tut is as much about a superstition as it is about Howard Carter's discoveries. And make no mistake, these are stories, based on fact and classified as nonfiction; there is invented dialogue, which is close to melogramatic at times. Thoughts and feelings are also fictionalized. Likely to be snatched up by young and reluctant readers, these titles work as hooks to lead to more in-depth information or as fun and interesting reads. Colorful artwork with strong black lines is competently done and contributes to a sense of time and place. Great literature? No. Shelf sitters? Definitely not. Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY" - School Library Journal

July 1, 2005

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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