I was just enjoying my afterlife ... until Howard Carter broke in and caused a commotion. I was not pleased."
Written with sly wit by British Egyptologist Chris Naunton and rendered in vivid colors by Guilherme Karsten, an award-winning illustrator, this engaging children's book details the life—and afterlife—of the famed boy king. Reigning during the 18th dynasty from roughly 1334 to 1325 BCE, Tutankhamun presided over Egypt from when he was 9 years old until his early death in 1323 BCE at just 18 years old. Buried in the Valley of the Kings, located in Upper Egypt just west of the Nile where pharaohs and powerful nobles from the New Kingdom rest in elaborate tombs, Tutankhamun's tomb had remained undisturbed until British archeologist Howard Carter discovered it in 1922. Since then, his mummified remains have traveled the world, fascinating the public. With Tut as the narrator, the book takes the reader through the pharaoh's lavish lifestyle and interminable hereafter, and includes theories on how he died and why his tomb was lost for so long.