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

Series: Graphic History   

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Annotation: Describes the reason for and evolution of the curse placed on the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen in graphic novel format.
Catalog Number: #122256
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel High Low High Low
Publisher: Capstone
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Illustrator: Schulz, Barbara,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7368-3833-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-7368-3833-7
Dewey: 932
LCCN: 2004020452
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
DOEDEN, Matt . The Battle of the Alamo illus. by Charles Barnett & Phil Miller. ISBN 0-7368-3832-5 . LC 2004014483. OLSEN, Kay Melchisedech . The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln illus. by Otha Zachariah Edward Lohse. ISBN 0-7368-3831-7 . LC 2004020300. SMALLEY, Roger . The Adventures of Marco Polo illus. by Brian Bascle. map. ISBN 0-7368-3830-9 . LC 2004015498. ea vol: 32p. (Graphic Library, Graphic History Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. Web sites. CIP. Capstone 2004. PLB $22.60. Gr 3-6 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 than 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 melodramatic 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
Voice of Youth Advocates
This series puts a new twist on an old idea. Each slim volume presents an event in history in full-color comic format. The text is simple as is the flow of the graphic format. In The Sinking of the Titanic, facts such as the vessel The Californian being ten miles away are included, but the decision to carry fewer lifeboats to create deck space is not. In The Salem Witch Trials, motivations of the accusers are not explored in depth in the comic portion of the book, but a list of theories at the end makes numerous suggestions. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb introduces the idea of mummies before quickly jumping to the discovery and rumors of the curse surrounding the tomb. Each volume includes a set of further facts at the end as well as suggestions for further reading and suggested Internet sites. Overall the full color is appealing. The concern is that the covers have the look of "schoolbooks" created for research in school libraries, which will limit interest for older students. The length allows for little detail, making the titles good for introduction into a topic, but interested teens will need to search out better resources. Even the illustrations seem young. Perhaps the best use will be for limited English learners and younger teens who have severe reading difficulties.-Mary Ann Harlan.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 31) and index.
Word Count: 1,869
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 85025 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q40171
Lexile: GN690L
Guided Reading Level: U
Fountas & Pinnell: U

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.

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