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review 2018-03-04 11:11
Slapende draken
The Dragon's Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One - Dugald A. Steer,Douglas Carrel

(In het Nederlands gelezen)


Ik had dit boek graag moeten lezen toen ik een kind was. Het is een goed geschreven boek dat plaatsvindt in Victoriaans Engeland, vol met draken en spannende avonturen. Er is veel nadruk in het boek op het belang van lezen - belangrijk te weten zo veel mogelijk over draken voor je een nadert! Er zijn ook klein maar prachtige illustraties in zwart-wit silhouet.


Maar ik heb nooit zo vaak vanwege een boek geslapen. Letterlijk, ik kon niet meer dan een paar pagina's lezen voordat ik zat te dommelen. Misschien is dat een nuttige kwaliteit in een slaapmiddel maar niet in een boek. Voor mij was er, als volwassen lezer, niets nieuws in dit verhaal dat ik nog nooit eerder had gezien in veel andere boeken, ook al was het best goed gedaan. Maar ik ben er zeker van dat veel kinderen van dit boek hebben genoten. (Misschien vooral als hun ouders willen dat de gingen slapen.)

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review 2016-05-11 00:00
Egyptology - Dugald A. Steer,Helen Ward,Ian P. Andrew,Emily Sands Thanks to an errant Tumblr post, I recently found myself reminiscing on my childhood obsession with Ancient Egypt. Books, video games, movies-- I devoured anything and everything related to pharaohs or pyramids with zeal.

And of course, like any aspiring eleven-year-old archaeologist, I had a copy of EGYPTOLOGY.

As the second book in the -Ology series, EGYPTOLOGY interweaves junior-level facts about Ancient Egypt into the pulp-y journal of a would-be 1920s adventurer, who may or may not have fallen victim to an ancient curse. In any case, it's clear that the publishers valued style over substance, because the book resembles a scrapbook of photos, letters, brochures, and other interactive elements. Unlike DRAGONOLOGY, the subject matter and fictional plotline of EGYPTOLOGY is treated much more seriously. Page after page is devoted to gorgeous artwork and detailing the journey of "Emily Sands" as it explains the various cultural and archaeological experiences that she has. It's sort of like DINOTOPIA meets INDIAN JONES. I have no doubts that I was not the only one who was utterly convinced that this was a true story as a child!

As for the "facts" themselves... it's a decent introduction to the topic given the age range of the target demographic. It covers the basics: mummies, monuments, the Book of the Dead, and the like. However, too many interesting historical tidbits are given only a sentence or two long explanation, sometimes with no rhyme or reason to its placement within the text. Thankfully, the stylistic touches related to the 1920s setting of the journal itself, such as period appropriate advertisements, makes up for the lackluster content and adds a much needed sense of cohesion. It also brings to light some of the more questionable approaches to archaeology in the past, such as using gunpowder on pyramids or having tea parties in tombs.

The book definitely leaves the reader wanting to learn more, and that's not a bad desire to invoke in its young target audience. If nothing else, it's a great book for youngsters aged 6-9 making the transition from picture books to tougher reads.
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review 2014-08-23 13:23
Best Picture Book for Older Readers -- BookaDayUK
Egyptology - Dugald A. Steer,Helen Ward,Ian P. Andrew,Emily Sands

Egyptology is presented as a scrapbook of an amateur archeologist, Emily Sands, who traveled to Cairo and beyond in 1926 in search of a lost tomb.  She was in possession of a rediscovered papyrus with a map, and intended to discover the tomb of the god, Osiris.




The book looks as if it has been written using an antique typewriter.  She included watercolor sketches of the sights they saw.  There are inserts and foldouts.  Run your fingers across the pages and feel the postcards and ticket stubs that have been glued in.  Lift up a menu and find a drawing of a tomb inscription underneath.  


She describes the tombs, gives a very condensed history of ancient Egypt, talks about Howard Carter and other early Egyptologists, and provides a quick look at the culture.


It's tactile and engaging and mysterious.  


During the journey, they meet a couple of people who may want to help them, or may be warning them away.  Only a couple of pages later, the journal ends suddenly, and the last few pages have been stained with "something that might be coffee."  Emily Sands and her party were never heard from again.


when the journal comes to light eighty years later, the family sends it to the British Museum to determine if it has any value; the letters are included.  


This is is a beautiful book, and would delight anyone with an interest in all things Egypt.  


(I won't get into the whole amateur archeologist, pot-hunter argument -- remember, it was the times -- otherwise, you would be shaking your head the whole way through.  But as a charming introduction to ancient Egyptian history, it rocks.)




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review 2014-07-23 00:00
Frost Dragon (Dragonology)
Frost Dragon (Dragonology) - Dugald A. Steer There is little less satisfying for a drain lover than to be confronted with a real dragon. Sadly, this never happens and a model is provided, instead. Though not strictly "truth", so many things can be taken from this and referenced in accordance with actual dragon lore.
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review 2013-07-21 20:58
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies)
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons - Ernest Drake,Wayne Anderson,Helen Ward,Douglas Carrel This lavishly illustrated work is just so tactile and it's about dragons, what more could I ask for? Full of little bits to delight the eyes and the senses it's written as if it's a serious science work about dragons with samples of skin and blood and everything.
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