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Ten Little Mummies Hardcover – September 15, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670036412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670036417
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-"Bored stiff" in their tomb, 10 little mummies venture out to play. One by one, they fall victim to hippos, heat stroke, and other desert disasters until the last lonely creature returns to her tomb-only to find the other nine waiting to surprise her. The book's reverse-counting scheme and rhyming text are modeled on familiar preschool finger rhymes, but early elementary readers will be more likely to giggle at the antics ("8 little mummies/committed hijinks./One was arrested for painting the/Sphinx"). Karas sets comic, stick-figure creatures loose on bare-bones desert landscapes. Lively pencil strokes keep the mummies tumbling and twirling across the simple landscape of rounded dunes and angular pyramids. A smattering of "Ancient Egyptian Facts" with silly commentary is printed on the endpapers. A fun read-aloud best suited to Halloween or Egyptian-themed storytimes.
Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 1. Ten little mummies, "bored stiff," break out of their tomb for a day of hijinks in this rambunctious counting tale set in Ancient Egypt. Bouncy rhymes filled with painful puns (the mummies are "wrapped up in themselves") tell the story: as the mummies cavort through the desert, sandstorms, chariot races, hippos, and more claim members of the group in a descending countdown that ends with one lonely mummy, who returns to the tomb to discover that her pals have already safely returned. Karas' childlike pencil-and-paint illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the energetic silliness of Yates' words. A mix of shifting perspectives shows quintessential Egyptian images, such as the Sphinx, and the mummies themselves are irresistible. With wide, expressive cartoon smiles; dot eyes; and spindly stick limbs, the playful mummies will easily pull children into their adventures. An excellent read-aloud, even for youngsters who have already mastered 1 through 10. More facts about ancient Egypt appear on the endpapers. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas is Philip's second picture book. His first, Ten Little Mummies, was nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award. Ten Little Mummies was hailed by Horn book as "cheerfully offbeat addition to the genre," while Booklist called the book "an excellent read-aloud." Philip is the the co-author, with Matt Rissinger, of several books of humor for children, including Biggest Joke Book in the World, Great Book of Zany Jokes, and World's Silliest Jokes. Two new books of humor will also be out this fall, Galaxy's Greatest Giggles and Nuttiest Knock-Knocks. His poetry has appeared in Lee Bennett Hopkins' anthology, Dino Roars.

Philip's father was the first director of Dick Clark's American Bandstand and his mother was the prime jokester who inspired him with her jokes and witticisms.

Philip lives with his wife, Maria in Austin, Texas with their cat, Johnnie.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is the perfect present as the characters are all ready wrapped and ready to go! Delightful treat! Its a good book for all children as the youngersters practice counting and older students learn more about Egypt!
Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gale Z on December 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fresh ideas for counting books are as rare as new Egyptian tomb discoveries, but Ten Little Mummies is a wonderful exception. Ten mummies get bored in the tomb and go out exploring. They meet with various adventures and mishaps until just one is left. So as not to damage the wee tykes' psyches with concepts of irretrievable loss, the author allows the mummies to reunite at the end of the story.

In a world where falling anvils are edited out of classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, adults might feel a bit queasy about the dreadful things that happen to some of the mummies. But children look at the world a bit differently than we do and I think they will giggle with glee as the mummies face crocodiles, heat stroke, falcons and sand stroke. For those of you who might blanch with horror, remember the mummies are already dead. Other than the prospect of loneliness, which is resolved at the end, they aren't really in much danger.

This book is a 2005-2006 nominee for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan award in the picture book category.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Smiths on June 16, 2006
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I checked this book out from the library and my sons would not let me put it down. I have read it so many times and renewed it until the library stopped letting me. Not only did my [...] LOVE it but his [...] brothers did too. I am now going to buy it to add to our own library. I see it becoming a family favorite for years to come.
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By K. Preasmyer on February 28, 2013
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One of my favorite books. I have read this book to my 4 kids over the years and have loved it. I purchased another as a gift for someone who travels extensively. This book offers real facts about pyramids too, along with a fun mummy adventure. All text rhymes.
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