When reviewing children's picture books, I have a list of criteria I work with. One is the violence factor and another is age appropriateness. When I began reading this book, I gave it low scores for the violent way the mummies were disposed of ie: sunstroke, eaten by an alligator. But as I continued to read, I began to really like the book. Yates has a way with his stories that make them very endearing. The mummies disappearing one by one began to look fun. The ending makes it better as well since the mummies come back together. I guess one has to remember that mummies are already dead and therefore no actual mummies were hurt in the making of this book.
This book is quirky. Not the usual counting book. I wouldn't recommend for all audiences as some children would not appreciate the subject matter. But then, there are many who would. Inside the front cover are some facts about mummies that add to the educational experience.
I don't love the illustrations. They are very sketchy. The mummies look like they were drawn by a little kid. But somehow the illustrations work for this story.
Normally, I would not rate a book like this so high, but the author pulls everything together and makes it work. In the end, he leaves you smiling and very happy that you read the book. And that is my definition of a good book.
mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8
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