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A Pharaoh's Guide
Contributor(s): Chambers, Catherine, Pentney, Ryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1512430730     ISBN-13: 9781512430738
Publisher: Hungry Tomato
    OUR PRICE: $9.59  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: January 2017

I am the mighty pharaoh of Egypt. I control the River Nile, plan great cities, and make sure I am the richest person in all of Egypt—with the most exotic food and expensive clothes. After all, I get to make the rules: Peasants must live far away from me, my tomb must be magnificent and secure, and we must have a strong army to defeat our neighbors. Read all of my rules to discover how I keep my kingdom running like clockwork. Everyone has their place, precious goods pour in, and I teeter—I mean tower—on the pinnacle of power. Who would dare challenge me?

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Pharaohs; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Ancient
Dewey: 932/.01
LCCN: 2016018698
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: How-to Guides for Fiendish Rulers
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.75" W x 0.25" (0.20 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 186945
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71369
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
These first-person how-to guides purport to instruct the reader on being a "fiendish" ruler. In a conversational and tongue-in-cheek tone, these books present historical facts about how kings, pharaohs, shoguns, and emperors managed their realms. Illustrations emphasize the comical, using exaggerated facial expressions, postures, and speech balloons to good effect. Humor aside, the books still provide solid information about past royal life. Ind. [Review covers these How-to Guides for Fiendish Rulers titles: [cf2]An Emperor's Guide[cf1], [cf2]A King's Guide[cf1], [cf2]A Pharaoh's Guide[cf1], and [cf2]A Shogun's Guide[cf1].] Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 3–6—The "fiendish" rulers in this set find themselves near death, and instruct their courtiers to record their "rules" for posterity. Their instructions are lengthy paragraphs of standard-content history, with the associated "rule" highlighted in uppercase letters. Topics include directions for acquiring and holding power; carrying out myriad governmental, social, religious, and military responsibilities; and using force or favors to maintain relationships with subjects. However, caricature- and cartoon-style drawings of an unsmiling king and unhappy subjects lack visual appeal, though the humorous and slightly sarcastic dialogue and thought bubbles are entertaining and the set's best feature. VERDICT Though students may gravitate toward this series, there's just not enough truly fiendish information to keep their attention.

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.