Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt by Bill Doyle, illustrated by Sarah Sax


91HytC8vDCL._AC_UY218_ML3_Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt by Bill Doyle, illustrated by Sarah Sax. Random House, 9780525644224, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Historical Fiction

What did you like about the book? This is a really fun way for children to learn about and engage with history. At the beginning, the reader decides to follow the story as a pharaoh, an archeologist, or a pyramid worker, and at various points in the story, the reader must make a decision which changes the rest of the story. While doing so, readers learn about leadership and religion in Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs, and mummies. In addition to the “choose your own adventure” aspect of the story, there are drawings to fill in and other activities, including mazes, coded messages, and other puzzles, all of which make the book especially engaging! There is also a section at the end of the book with more facts and resources for further exploring.

Anything you did not like about the book. I’m trying to imagine how this book would fit in a library. It’s definitely not as fun to just read without actually participating in the activities, and there are drawings and puzzles on just about every page, plus sometimes you need to rip or fold pages, which would essentially ruin it for the next reader.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who like the Choose Your Own Adventure or You Choose books would really like this. It also would be great for readers who like history but have trouble with not having enough background knowledge for some other historical fiction books. Geared toward grades 3-5.

Who should buy this book? Honestly, this would make a great gift book. I imagine readers who found it in a library would be disappointed to not be able to fully participate, or would be disappointed to find that a previous reader had already used it.

Where would you shelve it? Fiction chapter books (either historical fiction or adventure, if genrefied).

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Feb. 1, 2020

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