In another example of perfect timing, Linda Bailey‘s Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt ($12.99, Kids Can Press) arrived at my door when my nine year old was studying that time period in school. And, funnily enough, he says he was actually reading the French version in class that day.
We have read Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt three times so far. The first time we read it together in one night before bed. The second time, he read it on his own, pushing his bedtime far too late because he wanted to finish the story (I get it). The third time was this morning.
My son loves about that the book is a mix of made-up (in the form of a graphic novel featuring three siblings who open a book about Ancient Egypt and who are immediately transported to that time. In order to get back home, the trio have to read the entire book) and real – the time-travelling book that sent them to Egypt contains information about life in that time including homes, society, schools, food, pyramids and more.
My son loves both parts of the book equally. We liked the characters – Emma and her twin brother Josh and their little sister Libby, who is particularly funny (she gets into trouble that one).
The book is fabulous and one we will be reading and re-reading while we wait for Bailey to write other time-travelling books (my hope is the Medieval Period is featured next.)
Lisa’s note: I review On the Run in Ancient China. Read my review here.
I also read Game On in Ancient Greece. My review is here.
A copy of this book was provided by Kids Can Press for an honest review. The opinions are my own.