Gr 5-7–A gratifyingly grisly album of choice photos accompanies Sloan's lucid, informative text as he describes not only the mummification processes but also individual mummies produced whether by intent or by chance. From the dried Beauty of Krorän in China to the bundled Lady of Cao in a Peruvian pyramid or the familiar Boy King Tut in Egypt, a global variety is offered to fascinated readers. An excellent appendix includes a map, a time line, and a glossary. A bibliography of adult material and three websites are included, but there are no suggestions for further reading that might list Sandra Markle's fine Outside and Inside Mummies (Walker, 2005), Shelley Tanaka's more difficult Mummies: The Newest, Coolest & Creepiest from Around the World (Abrams, 2005), Kelly Hall's more tightly focused Mysteries of the Mummy Kids (Darby Creek, 2007), or, on a different slant altogether, Philip Manning's intriguing Dinomummy: The Life, Death and Discovery of Dakota, a Dinosaur from Hell Creek (Kingfisher 2007). Even libraries that own these titles should find room on their shelves for Sloan's well-written, heavily illustrated glimpse into the world of after-death preservation, either by accident or design.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
True to his title, Sloan introduces 11 mummies or groups of mummies that demonstrate the many ways these “human time capsules” have been preserved beyond their mortal spans. For examples ranging from the 8000-year-old Chinchoro children of Chile’s Atacama Desert to the corpses of Vladimir Lenin (“the George Washington of the Soviet Union”) and Moimango, father of a still-living village chief in Papua New Guinea, he explains the mummies’ significance; how the ancient ones were rediscovered; and, in general but step-by-step and sometimes stomach-churning detail, the natural or artificial processes by which their decay was averted. Illustrated with plenty of big, ugly close-up color photos and closing with a well-designed time line and world map (plus a select list of further resources), this outing will have both casual and confirmed fans calling for their mummies. Grades 4-7. --John PetersSee all Editorial Reviews