When the pharaoh Cheops died nearly 4,600 years ago, his pyramid was already complete, but one additional task awaited—his people need to build two ships to ferry their ruler into the afterlife. David Weitzman's pen and colored pencil illustrations of this process are rendered in the flattened, traditional Egyptian style, flanked by hieroglyphs and captioned depictions of the ships' parts and the tools used to construct them. When the story turns to the mid-20th-century discovery of the ships and their restoration, Weitzman adds a third dimension to his drawings; the finished ship is shown in an impressive four-page fold-out illustration. Although the detailed text will appeal to young Egyptologists ages 8 to 12, adults may also appreciate this in-depth look at one of the world's oldest and most intriguing cultures.
"Pharaoh's Boat is an immensely gratifying book as skillfully crafted and assembled as its subject."—David Macauley