A beautifully simple fable set against the wonderful backdrop of Ancient Egypt from the multi talented Graeme Base. Opening a Graeme Base book is always a pleasure. Eye popping illustrations fill the pages inviting the reader in to discover so much more hidden within its depths.
Thieves Jackal and Ibis are given a chance of redemption from the Cat Pharaoh. They are set a challenge, but as with all challenges, there are warnings to be heard and obeyed.
I love that The Jewel Fish of Karnak is a picture book with a little more depth to its story - challenges, adventure and a moral code. Graeme's signature illustrations capture the elegance and mystery surrounding the Ancient Egyptian culture. The hieroglyphic version of each illustration runs along the bottom of each page - a great touch adding depth to the reader's comprehension of the plot.
For the more inquisitive reader the challenge to become involved and solve the mystery is included. Search for clues and solve the puzzles create interactivity without the need for an iPad. Tucked in to the back cover is an ingenious wheel with which you can search and for the Jewel Fish yourself, then head to Graeme's website to share your answer. Did you get it right?
The Jewel Fish of Karnak is a short-listed book on The Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2012.