Tales of Ancient Egypt - Neon Squid
Format: Hardback
Age Range: 8–10
Book Size: 280mm x 228mm
ISBN: 9781838993436
Pages: 160
Publication Date: October 3, 2024
Price: £14.99

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Myths & Adventures from the Land of the Pyramids

Discover amazing true stories and breathtaking myths from ancient Egypt in this book by TikTok Egyptologist Hugo D. Cook, featuring stunning illustrations from Sona Avedikian.

Everyone knows the story of Tutankhamun, but the ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for more than 3,000 years – which means there are loads more amazing tales to be told! Egyptologist and TikTok star Hugo D. Cook (aka Hugo the Egyptologist) has scoured ancient texts and translated hieroglyphs to bring readers stories of love, betrayal, and royal scandal featuring pharaohs, priests, gods, and goddesses.

The book combines historical stories, including the time Cleopatra hid in a sack to be smuggled into a palace to meet Julius Caesar, with rip-roaring myths, like the Cinderella story of a peasant girl who married the pharaoh when he found her slipper.

Told with great fun and impeccably researched, readers will slip into a tomb at night with a band of mischievous tomb robbers and witness epic battles featuring elephants and ostriches. Interspersed through the stories are pages explaining the history of ancient Egypt on the banks of the Nile, from how pyramids were built to a step-by-step guide to wrapping a mummy.

With a beautiful cloth-textured cover featuring shiny foil, Tales of Ancient Egypt is the perfect gift for kids interested in ancient Egypt.

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Author & Illustrator

Hugo D. Cook is an Egyptologist and a classicist who studied at Oxford University and Cambridge University and knows six ancient languages to an advanced level. Hugo has an educational TikTok channel that teaches up to 4 million viewers per video about the history, culture, and writings of ancient Egypt. He currently works as a lecturer at the British Museum in London where he teaches the Egyptology and Hieroglyphs course.

Sona Avedikian is a Michigan-based illustrator. She received her BFA in illustration from College for Creative Studies in Detroit with a focus on children’s illustration. Her favourite things to draw revolve around magic, adventure, and non-fiction. You can probably spot her in the back of a library or taking long walks around her neighbourhood.

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