Review: So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life In Ancient Egypt

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Book Title: So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life In Ancient Egypt (available here)

Author: Chae Strathie

Illustrator: Marisa Morea

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Publication Date: April 2019

Most Suitable For: KS2

Reviewed by: Lisa Davies, Deputy Head Teacher


This is a book in a series from The British Museum that looks at children’s experiences in different historical periods.

The format is designed to look at different aspects of Ancient Egyptian life (for both rich and poor) and compares it to today's lifestyles, including fashions, homes, education, food, entertainment and medicine.

The book will be well-placed in classrooms covering the topic of the Ancient Egyptians, as it is simple enough for the children to read and independently research, offering clear and concise information about the topic.


The book also covers the topic of historical sources as it links what we know about the Ancient Egyptians to the paintings and carvings of the day. Like all good research books aimed at children, it covers the topic of poo(!) and how the Egyptians dealt with their own waste, which is definitely something that my classes have always wanted to know about!


This fun non-fiction book is illustrated by Marisa Morea, with lively and vibrant pictures on each page that add to the narrative and develop the reader’s understanding of the text.


A gorgeous book that will add value to any classroom or library.



Also features on:

Ancient Egyptians Booklist

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You can order So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life In Ancient Egypt online or from your local bookshop or library.


Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Lisa for reviewing it.


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