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The Mummy Makers of Egypt

The Mummy Makers of Egypt
Written and illustrated by Tamara Bower
Illustrated by John Shelley
Seven Stories £12.99
ISBN: 978-1609806002

The secrets of ancient Egyptian embalming are unveiled in this authentically illustrated book for young readers. Tamara Bower, artist and ancient Egypt enthusiast, puts her story into the mouth of Ipy, daughter of the king's embalmer. Ipy is called upon to help with the mummification of the queen's father, Yuya.

The story is based on the discovery of Yuya's tomb in the Valley of the Kings and provides much detailed information about ancient embalming. The gory details of the mummification process might be too much for more sensitive younger readers, but the book offers a fascinating glimpse into a secret ancient practice. Hieroglyphics, with pronunciation tables, add to the authenticity of the text. A must-have for all school libraries. (7+)
Richard Monte

Reviews from past issues

Babies & Toddlers
Picture Books
First Steps
Reading Alone
Reading With Confidence
Moving On
Younger Teen Reads
More mature
Information Books
Poetry

SAMPLE ARTICLES 2003-2009


Sample articles from Carousel issue 43: Autumn 2009

P J Lynch's - considerable reputation as a distinguished Irish artist might almost be intimidating so there is something reassuring in his description of himself as a child, lying on the floor, always drawing.

Non-fiction reviews - information for all ages

Reviews: Reading Alone - Whole books to read and re-read

Shaun Tan: Another World We Can All Inhabit

In Praise of Illustration: “Picture books are special – they’re not like anything else. Sometimes I hear parents encouraging their children to read what they call proper books (books without pictures), at an earlier and earlier stage. This makes me sad, as picture books are perfect for sharing . . ."


Sample articles from Carousel issue 42: Summer 2009

Summer 2009 Cover

A Sense of Place - Many stories have emerged from real-life places, often providing rich and dramatic backcloths. Sharing these as a family can be a wonderful experience. The Carousel editors would like to recommend some favourites with a real ‘sense of place’ which would make ideal visits if you are staying at home this year.

A Need to Learn from the Past - The study of war is part of the National Curriculum and the 5-14 Scottish Curriculum so if you want authentic material, whether in book form or actual artefacts, The Imperial War Museum (IWM) is an obvious resource.

Siobhan Dowd by Chris Stephenson. Siobhan Dowd died in 2007 aged forty-seven. In the last years of her life she wrote four exceptional novels, the first of which was published in 2006.

Picture Book Reviews: Rewarding reads for all the family

Babies: Reviews of books to catch, and hold, babies' and todlers' attention


Sample articles from Carousel issue 41: March 2009

Editorial: At Carousel we believe in using our review space to highlight books that we think
are worth considering . . . .

How to Exorcise Unquiet Spirits: Jan Ormerod was artist in residence at the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre in Western Australia in 2007/2008, and shares her experience with Carousel readers.

Angela Barrett: Exquisite Skills in Drawing and Painting

Manga Carta: Manga comic strip stories, originating from Japan in the 1950s, are typically printed in black and white and are read in paperback form from back to front. Hugely popular in their country of origin, this format is now becoming popular with publishers in Britain, France and America.

Reviews: Reading Alone

Reviews: Reading With Confidence


Sample articles from Carousel issue 40: Autumn 2008

Working from home - Working From Home: Gillian McClure, by Chris Stephenson

Helen Craig: Family Matters

Mo Willems: Making it ‘Serious in Funny' - When he was a young man, Mo Willems wrote a letter to Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Mr Schulz, he told the great cartoonist, I want your job when you die . . .

Poetry Reviews

We Are ALL Born FREE
Judith Escreet, Art Director at Frances Lincoln, writes: "All people are born free and equal are the opening words of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations" . . .

The Mouldiwarp and Me: Pat Jenkins, a former teacher and reviewer for Carousel, shares her childhood reading experiences.

Books for older readers - reviews

Reads 4 Teens - reviews


Sample articles from Carousel issue 39: Summer 2008

Polly Dunbar: Painting & Puppets - Winner of the Younger Children’s section in the 2008 Red House Children’s Book Award. By Chris Stephenson

Museum of Childhood
A great destination for a family or school visit
By Pat Thomson

Shakespeare and his world
By Enid Stephenson

Non Fiction reviews

Picture Book reviews

First Steps reviews



Sample articles from Carousel issue 38: Spring 2008

To a Secret Garden via a Cat and a Toad
by David Blanch

Return to the Little House
by Pat Thompson

Where Readers Rule
Chris Powling on writing for Barrington Stoke - voted 2007’s “Children’s Publisher of the Year”.

PEOPLE BEHIND THE BOOK:
The Editor: Yvonne Hooker

Teachers as Readers
Building Communities of Readers

Words and Pictures Equally - Brian Selznick interviewed by Chris Stephenson


Sample articles from Carousel issue 37: Autumn 2007

Editorial

Children Deserve The Best Television

The Background and Inspirations for APACHE
by Tanya Landman


Sample articles from Carousel issue 36: Summer 2007

Michael Rosen's editorial

Picture Book Reviews

Rosemary Sutcliff

The Carnegie Medal

Berlie Doherty: Finding Out What Happens

Raiders from the Sea - the writing of Carnegie Medal winner, The Stronghold, by Mollie Hunter

Reads4Teens


Sample articles from Carousel issue 35: Spring 2007

Making Early Learning Fun
Rod Campbell

Whatever Happened to Children's Poetry?

Getting Things Right
Nigel Hinton

Children in World War Two
- a personal choice of books

The Time Travelling Cat
- Julia Jarman talks about her series

Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy


Sample articles from Carousel issue 34: Autumn 2006


Sample articles from Carousel issue 33: Summer 2006


Sample articles from Carousel issue 31


Sample article from Carousel issue 30, Summer 2005


Sample articles from the Carousel, Summer 2004 issue


Sample article from the Summer 2003 issue


Sample articles from the Spring 2003 issue

Past issues

Carousel 61

Michael Foreman, William Grill, Robin Stevens (Carousel 62)

Carousel 61

Nicola Morgan, Richard Adams and Lauren Child (Carousel 61)

Carousel 60

Jacqueline Wilson. Modern take on Alice and more (Carousel 60)

Carousel 59

Frank Cottrell Boyce. Simon Mayo, children's author (Carousel 59)

Carousel 58

25 years of ELMER at Andersen Press. Michael Rosen . . . (Carousel 58)

Carousel 57

The Great War, Chris Haughton, Mick Inkpen, Erin Lange (Carousel 57)

Carousel 56

Oliver Jeffers, Robert Ingpen, Sophia McDougall (Carousel 56)

Carousel 55

Michael Morpugo, Emma Chichester Clark, Shirley Hughes (Carousel 55)

Carousel 54

Petr Horacek, David Melling and New Zealand Adventures (Carousel 54)

Carousel 53

Sir Quentin Blake, Annabel Pitcher and Sara Fanelli (Carousel 53)

Carousel 52 Cover

Henry Winkler, Rebecca Elliott and Lemony Snicket (Carousel 52)

Carousel 51

Korky Paul and Winnie the Witch. Robert Swindells. (Carousel 51)