The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base

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Far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market.  In a merciful moment, the Pharaoh decides to give the two friends one last chance: they must journey up the River Nile to the temple of Karnak and bring back something that has been taken from her ­ a beautiful and precious Jewel Fish. But she has a warning for the two:

“Do not take anything else while you are in Karnak.  And know that the Jewel Fish is magical.  Be sure it does not get wet.”

Jackal and Ibis are not very clever and ignore the Cat Pharaoh's words, taking a few extra treasures for themselves . . . and disaster follows!

It’s up to readers to work out from the pages of the book what the Jewel  Fish looks like, then log on to, where the Cat Pharaoh and Crocodile Prince wait for their treasures to be returned. A cunning  mechanical device in the back of the book holds the final key to the puzzle.
And on the back of the book’s jacket is a poster map of ancient Egypt with facts about the actual places and mythological characters in the story.

Complete with hieroglyphics and sparkling jewels, here is a cautionary tale set amongst the wonders of an ancient world, from the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of such classics as Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Legend of the Golden Snail.


About Graeme Base

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Graeme Base received international acclaim for his smash hit Animalia, which has sold more than two million copies. Among his many other beloved and bestselling books are Enigma, The Eleventh Hour, The Water Hole, and The Golden Snail. He lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.
Published September 1, 2011 by Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Detailed paintings accompanied by panels of hieroglyphics grace a slim plot and a perplexing puzzle.

Aug 18 2011 | Read Full Review of The Jewel Fish of Karnak

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Readers can release the pair "from their endless task" by deciphering which fish among many in an underwater scene is the Jewel Fish (and by manipulating wheels embedded in the back cover to replicate the jeweled pattern on the fish's fins).

Jul 18 2011 | Read Full Review of The Jewel Fish of Karnak

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