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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about daily life in the royal court in ancient Egypt, their beliefs about the afterlife, and specifics about mummification. Introduction to hieroglyphs.
Love and connection may survive death. Pets and friends are loyal.
Positive Role Models
The mummy cat misses the girl queen and wants to reconnect with her. In life, the two were inseparable, their connection strong.
Violence & Scariness
In the art, not the text, readers discover that the deaths of the Egyptian queen and her cat by scorpion sting were not an accident. Priests wrap dead bodies. The afterword describes mummification in graphic detail, noting that "the mummy's liver, lungs, and stomach all had to be removed and placed in their own special jars. (The brain, however, was not put in a jar. Typically, it was removed through the nostrils … and thrown away!)"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marcus Ewert's Mummy Cat, cleverly illustrated by Lisa Brown, is a picture book for older kids interested in ancient cultures and ready to think about death and the afterlife. A mummified cat comes back to life in his pyramid and looks for the beloved queen, with whom he's entombed. There's information in both the story and an afterword about royal life in ancient Egypt, mummification, and beliefs about the afterlife. The murals on the wall tell a more detailed story of the life the cat and queen shared, complete with palace intrigue; a rival in the court planted the scorpion that killed them. This book is perfect for young Egyptologists, though some kids may shy from the tomb setting and mummy protagonist.
Is It Any Good?
This highly original introduction to Egyptology offers an engaging fictional story told in lively rhyming text embedded in nonfiction detail. The murals on the walls, skillfully rendered in the style of Egyptian tomb art, illustrate the life the cat and his queen shared and show that the scorpion sting that killed them was not accidental. A four-page afterword describes the mummification process in some graphic detail and offers information about the real Queen Hatshepsut, the importance of cats in ancient Egypt, and hieroglyphs.
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