Who better than Anubis, the jackal-headed god of mummification, to serve as a guide through the dreaded Land of the Dead? In this fresh and imaginative approach to nonfiction, the first title in the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series, Anubis steers the reader through the Egyptian dark lands. Along the way, they meet fearsome gods and gruesome monsters. And they witness the battle of the gods against Apophis, the giant demon-snake trying to devour the world. With ghoulish humor and lots of attitude (he is a god, after all), Anubis introduces readers to ancient Egyptian beliefs and rituals—including the secrets of mummification—with panache and, if he does say so himself, drop-dead humor. Includes glossary, bibliography, and index.
School Library Journal: “At the heart of this imaginative tour of the afterworld of Egyptian mythology is the judgment of the dead . . . Anubis serves as a wickedly funny tour guide. This book is packed with information . . . Anubis’s narration, plus the incredible wealth of interesting detail, could make this book a hit in any library.”
Kirkus: ” . . . an informative and unusually lively look at the Egyptian way of death.”
Cybils Finalist for Midgrade Nonfiction