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Deep within this maze of stone, a creature wakes up, all alone . . . Mummy Cat prowls his pyramid home, longing for his beloved owner. As he roams the tomb, lavish murals above his head display scenes of the cat with his young Egyptian queen, creating a story-within-a-story about the events of centuries past. Hidden hieroglyphs deepen the tale and are explained in an inforDeep within this maze of stone, a creature wakes up, all alone . . . Mummy Cat prowls his pyramid home, longing for his beloved owner. As he roams the tomb, lavish murals above his head display scenes of the cat with his young Egyptian queen, creating a story-within-a-story about the events of centuries past. Hidden hieroglyphs deepen the tale and are explained in an informative author’s note.         Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown’s smart, beautiful book is a marvel of sophisticated simplicity, infinitely engaging to examine in detail, and complete with a sweetly surprising plot twist sure to delight young cat-lovers and budding Egyptologists alike....

Title : Mummy Cat
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ISBN : 9780544340824
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Mummy Cat Reviews

  • Dov Zeller
    2019-02-02 19:58

    This is a book that I have some mixed feelings about, but it's beautiful and fun and addresses friendship, loss, isolation and death in a way that is very gentle. That is a lot for one book to do. It takes place in a pyramid, a theme that is perhaps overdone and over simplified in kids books, but still rich with history and mythology. It addresses privilege/birthright, the violence that can be encountered in royal families, and sibling rivalry in ways that are a bit more oblique. My just-turned-six year old neighbor is not picking up on those last elements at this point and that is fine. She loves the evocative language and rhymes. "The winds hiss over the the desert sand./The moon shines down on empty land..." She adores the romantic friendship. To quote her, "I'm really into this book." She is now making her own hieroglyphic dictionary of sorts.

  • Emily Scheinman
    2019-02-03 17:06

    Get ready to fall in love with Mummy Cat! This picture book collaboration between Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown is a delight to read. My family and I poured over the illustrations and it also makes such a wonderful read aloud!

  • Dashka
    2019-02-14 15:57

    Gorgeous illustrations, inventive rhymes, and a relationship between girl and cat that endures for millenia -- what more could you ask for? How about a hidden murder mystery told in hieroglyphs and a primer on ancient Egypt? This is a picture book that nourishes the heart, the ear, the eye, and the mind with separate and delectable treats.

  • Cathy Mealey
    2019-02-19 22:58

    A loyal and loving feline searches for his devoted owner, a young Egyptian queen in Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown’s clever picture book MUMMY CAT. The catch? He’s just woken from a hundred year’s sleep after having been mummified and entombed in a beautifully decorated pyramid.For young readers, the tale works on the simplest level as the pet seeks to reunite with his owner. The determined, inquisitive cat is appealing and adorable despite his elaborate linen wrappings. The tomb is bright and colorful, filled with interesting artifacts, a swirling moth, and cute little mice. Even a few spiders and cobwebs are so delightfully depicted that timid listeners will have nothing to fear.As he wanders though the pyramid, the cat gazes fondly at painted murals showing his past life with the queen, Hapshupset. Indeed, the murals tell a more complex story within the story about a jealous, scheming sibling that complicated the young queen’s life. This aspect of the book will hold enormous appeal for older readers. Looking beyond the captivating mural images, we slowly decode the devious actions of Hapshupset’s sister and her evil lion-monkey.An author’s note explains mummies, cats, queens and hieroglyphics for readers who want to know more, and seventeen hieroglyphs hidden within the illustrations are spelled out in more detail.Ewert’s rhyming text is short yet descriptive, moving the story forward at a steady pace. Deep within this maze of stone, a creature wakes up, all alone . . .Spanning the full scope of this once-a-century event, Ewert leads us from the sun setting over hot desert sands into the tomb, through the night, and closing as the sun is beginning to rise. The spare but rich narrative leaves plenty of opportunity for Brown’s engaging, creative illustrations to flourish and add poignant, tender touches.Just as Egyptian priests tucked magical amulets and symbolic treasures into a mummy’s linens, Ewert and Brown have slipped countless sweet delights into the pages of MUMMY CAT. Turn the pages slowly and savor them one by one. I’m certain you will also be en-wrap-tured by its many charms!

  • Damian Dubois
    2019-01-20 22:38

    How can you not a) fall in love with a Mummy Cat and b) not award this five stars? Gorgeous little book reminding us that love can be eternal. Watch out Pandora, you're coming with me into the afterlife ;)

  • Miranda
    2019-02-12 21:47


  • Heather
    2019-01-19 21:56

    10 stars!!!!

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-01-23 22:56

    Mummy Cat wakes up every hundred years looking for his mistress, the girl queen, Hat-shup-set. He wanders the old, dark, hall of the tomb. He looks upon the murals painted for the girl queen and sees that he is in every one. He remembers the details of each event. He recalls how the scorpion stung both he and her, striking them both dead. At the end of the hall, he goes through a door into another room. Here he investigates the artifacts of his past. He sees the toys and lovely things that had belonged to his girl queen. And then he approaches her coffin, painted and inlaid with gold. He wonders if she will ever return. He lays down to wait for her as he has done for three thousand years. But this night is different, this night he is rejoined with her once more.

  • Erin
    2019-02-16 16:06

    The cutest mummy cat ever rises from the dead to reminisce about days gone by and await for his mummified queen to also return from the dead. Easy read aloud rhyming text adds to the cheerful atmosphere. While my 30 month old was entertained, by the illustrations and rhymes, this is a book about death, and could spark some uncomfortable discussion in older readers if you're not prepared. Back matter goes into a little more detail about relevant Egyptian history and mummification. Death, burial, and preservation.

  • Mary Lee
    2019-01-28 18:53

    Sweet and sad story of a mummy cat missing his girl (an Egyptian princess).

  • Rachel
    2019-02-15 20:43

    The FEELS...

  • Dolly
    2019-02-15 22:55

    With a short, rhyming narrative and illustrations created using "ink, gouache, and watercolor on paper with digital collage," this is a story about a love between a woman and her cat that endures for millennia. The story depicts many aspects of ancient Egyptian life and culture and features a female pharaoh whose name is Hatshupset (which apparently rhymes more easily than Hatshepsut, the actual name of the historical figure upon which the story is based). Strangely enough, I didn't catch the dramatic tale of jealousy, hatred, and assassination woven throughout the illustrations the first time I read the book. I was pretty tired, but I think I was just focused on the rhymes and the interactions between the pharaoh and her cat. I also didn't realize that the hieroglyphs used were authentic and help to tell the story of greed, betrayal, and murder until I read the author's notes at the end of the book. The notes include additional information about Egyptian mummies, the cats they revered, Hatshepsut, and a glossary of hieroglyphs used.What this tells me is that younger children may also overlook some of the grittier parts of the story, focusing instead on the loving relationship between Hatshupset and her cat as well as the fun, lyrical rhymes that offer vivid, often onomatopoeic, descriptions of the cat's journey to find his queen.Overall, it's an engaging story and the book is one that can be read several times, gleaning more information about the details of the saga with the clues given within the illustrations. I certainly needed another reading to capture the nuances of the drama. It helps that I was more awake the second time!

  • Michele
    2019-01-30 17:03

    Given that I'm researching portrayals of mummy in popular culture, this book popped when I was doing a Amazon search. Since I was putting in an order at Amazon, I thought I would go ahead and pick up this book too. I expected a sweet adorable story about a mummy cat - well, as sweet and adorable a mummified cat is - and I was not disappointed. If anything, I was surprised by how quickly the author humanizes this story as the little wrapped cat waxes about waiting for his Queen. While walking around inside the pyramid, the wall paintings of his life with his Queen are given meaning when the cat narrates what they mean. While oriented to children, the story does touch on death, which is respectfully handled. The illustrations are gorgeous and myriad of Egyptian motifs are beautifully rendered and colorful. There are hieroglyphics punctuating the story, which readers find out by reading the endnotes have been researched for accuracy. Other endnotes include a short biography of Queen Hatshepsut and the importance of the cat in Ancient Egyptian culture.

  • Margie
    2019-01-24 15:52

    Fifteen years ago on the twenty-first day of August a sweet girl puppy was born; the runt in a litter of Chocolate Labrador Retrievers. Knowing she would need to make up for her size in spirit, I named her Xena, the Warrior Princess. Anyone who meets her agrees the name fits her perfectly. Her zest for life is contagious. As a youngster she was so small she needed three meals a day. For the first six months of her life with me, she came to the elementary school library, safely tucked away in my office. She was frequently seen on my lap during story times. Over the years when I worked evenings, weekends and summers at school, she was a constant companion. We have rarely been apart.This form of devotion, a love that's completely unconditional, is a rare gift we humans receive from our animal friends. People from all walks of life will readily concur with their own stories about these daily moments. One of the more notable examples of this faithfulness can be found in one of this year's newer titles, Mummy Cat (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 21, 2015) written by Marcus Ewert with illustrations by Lisa Brown. My full recommendation:

  • Paula
    2019-02-18 17:54

    One night, possibly Halloween, every hundred years, Mummy Cat wakes from his death sleep in the tomb of the young Queen Hat-Shup-Set. He leaves the confines of his miniature sarcophagus hoping his mistress will awake as well so they can enjoy the pleasures they once shared. Trailing his linen wraps, Mummy Cat wanders through the tomb and sees the many artifacts and painted wall scenes of his life with the young queen. Sharp eyes will see that the tableau reveals not only their pleasant times but also the devious plot that killed the young queen and her faithful pet. On this night after he reaches the queen’s burial chamber, Mummy Cat’s greatest wish is finally realized. The limited rhyming narrative is subtle and secondary to the earthy palette of the evocative ink, gouache and watercolor illustrations. Back matter includes information about Egyptian afterlife, Hat-Shup-Set and hieroglyphs paired with a seek-and-find of the hieroglyphs featured in the text and their meaning. Readers will enjoy not only an enchanting pet story but also a peek into life at the time of the pharaohs. The title is a worthwhile addition to any library.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-06 19:39

    The foundation of this book is a compelling rhyming story by Marcus Ewert about a mummified cat who wakes for one night each hundred years to search the tomb for his beloved mistress, Queen Hatshupset. At the same time, we witness another, more perilous story that plays out in the murals on the walls. Elegantly designed, Lisa Brown's gorgeous and detailed illustrations capture the feel of ancient Egyptian art, and are truly a feast for the eyes.On top of that, you'll find layer upon layer of intriguing information for young Egyptologists– about ancient Egyptian royalty and culture, their reverence of cats, the practice of mummification, a large assortment of ancient Egyptian artifacts, plus, at the back, a glossary of hieroglyphics to find within the pages of the book. This is not a one-time Halloween read. Children will be poring over and "unwrapping" the story of MUMMY CAT again and again.

  • Aaron
    2019-01-27 17:06

    Everyone knows that ancient cultures are definitely an interest of mine, and ancient Egypt is definitely one of the cultures I am most drawn to. With this picture books, readers are drawn into a tomb to meet Mummy Cat. The cat takes the reader through the tomb looking at artifacts and wall art that brings back memories of her life with her owner, the great queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut. They are fond memories that allow the reader some insight into what life was like in that ancient culture.The book ends with some informative pages about cats, hieroglyphs, Hatshepsut, and (of course) mummies. It is clear the author and the illustrator spent a great deal of time trying to get the look and information within this little story correct. In fact, a number of words are presented with correct hieroglyphs throughout. These are also highlighted in the final section.I am not sure a lot of kids will love this, but many little ones seem intrigued by pets (cats) and ancient Egypt.

  • Amanda Harris
    2019-02-02 19:53

    Mummy Cat is a super cute picture book about a mummy cat coming back to life for one night once every century and hopes to once again be joined with is one true love...His owner a girl named Hatshupset. The flow of this book is great and I love that the story is in rhyme. The pictures are also very appealing and at the end it gives a summary of mummies, cats, queens, and hieroglyphs. This would be a great book to use during a program for Preschool-2nd grade on Ancient Egypt. It's a great read-a-aloud and would appeal to kids who have an interest in this subject!Good books to pair with this one or could be good read-a-likes:Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judith Byron SchachnerThe Runaway Mummy: a petrifying parody by Michael RexWe're Sailing Down the Nile: a journey through Egypt by Laurie Krebs

  • Traci
    2019-02-07 18:52

    A beautiful picture book that works on so many levels. I think I've read it through 4-6 times now, and I keep finding something new every time.I will warn readers, though, this is NOT a book I would pick up to read with little ones. It's quite sad (I've cried every time I've read it...I know - such a softie, I am). It's also a pretty dark tale of jealousy and greed.The author and illustrator have included a nice part in the back of the back of the book that explains how Egyptians cared for their dead, revered cats, and believed in an afterlife. They also include a glossary of hieroglyphs that appear throughout the book, something that had me reading the story again last night to find and decipher the "text" I hadn't really looked at. Worth finding. Just have some tissues handy when you read it.

  • Ann
    2019-01-20 23:59

    Told from the point of view of Mummy Cat as he waits for his owner, scenes flash from the way things were, painted past lives to the scorpion's tail that finally struck them dead. He finally awakens inside his pyramid home, alone with only memories and a chamber "stuffed with lovely things: a crown, a throne, four golden rings, mirrors, dolls and makeup kits...Nothing that matters the slightest bit." This is an endearing story of eternal friendship between the Egyptian, girl-queen, Hatshupset and her cat. Illustrations are done with ink, gouache and watercolor on paper. Pages are filled with hieroglyphics and a legend can be found in the back of the book explaining how cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt.

  • Jean D.
    2019-02-07 22:43

    I absolutely loved this book as it's the perfect platform to cover every subject taught in school. Without giving away too much, Mummy Cat was the victim of vengeance and now awaits to be reunited with his owner, the Queen of Egypt! The fluidity ofMarcus Ewert's choice of words is wonderful. Please check out my blog post, as it has the blessing of both author and illustrator:Mummy Cat! And, did I mention that illustratorLisa Brown has fantastic illustrations that allude to the text seamlessly?

  • Jillian
    2019-01-24 21:05

    I'm still in "what the hell did I just read?!" mode, and I can't believe no one else is talking about it.(view spoiler)[The sister murdered the queen and the cat. Both of them. And she just gets to waltz off and rule Egypt? (I mean sure, the last mural makes it look like she got her comeuppance but.... (hide spoiler)]The story in the story, obviously, was a huge distraction for me. I finished the book and handed it off to a coworker, asking if it was really as dark as I thought it was.He agreed. It's DARK.That said, it's very informative. The back-of-the-book goodies are great, especially the hieroglyphics hunt.And of course, anybody who's ever had a very special relationship with a pet will have their heartstrings tugged.

  • Andria
    2019-02-12 19:00

    Poignant and lovely. Ewert's bouncy rhymes counter the sadness of this tale of a lonely mummified cat who wakes once a century to visit his mummified mistress, the fictional Queen Hat-shup-set, waiting for the day she also passes "through Death" and returns to him. A delightful picture book that rewards a careful reading of Brown's detailed illustrations along with the text. The color palette is gorgeous, and historical notes add context. I want to go back in time and give this book to me, circa 1979, when I was simultaneously obsessed with the King Tut exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum and cats.

  • Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
    2019-01-27 19:56

    In a market filled with all sorts of friendship stories (realistic, imaginary creatures, animal stand-ins), this story of a cat and her beloved queen truly stand out. This is a tender friendship story set against the backdrop of Ancient Egypt. Readers will get a taste of Egyptian life, rituals, afterlife, mummification, and art. This dynamic duo has made learning about history and cultures engaging and heartfelt. Perceptive readers will be rewarded with extra story information when they decode the hieroglyphs. The extensive back matter can be used as a good starting point for learning more about Ancient Egypt.

  • Erin
    2019-01-23 18:01

    This is a beautiful picture book about a mummy cat who comes back every hundred years in search of his mistress, Queen Hapshutset. It is loosely based on the real queen of that name. If you are interested in the real queen, please Google "blonde mummies metacafe" and you can see her mummy along with many others. She actually grew to adulthood and is thought to have died from complications of an infected tooth. She was also a blonde. :) This is an adorable picture book, sure to interest your child in the mummies of ancient Egypt.

  • Tracey
    2019-02-08 18:41

    Many books and movies about mummies depict them as terrifying and evil monsters, but Ewert’s mummy is a cat, a loving and much-loved companion of the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. As the mummy cat wanders through a pyramid, he passes walls filled with hieroglyphics that depict the life and death of the queen. The cat remembers sadness and joy, but the hieroglyphs show that the death of the queen was not an accident. An excellent introduction to real mummies and to an ancient form of writing.Original post on

  • Amy
    2019-02-16 16:58

    What a bizarre story! It won't appeal to everyone, but I loved the strangeness and how it almost borders on horror. I loved the illustrations - they do a great job of mimicking ancient Egyptian art, which I think is an endlessly fascinating art form. (does anyone else remember a Sesame Street skit where Bert and Ernie are in some kind of ancient Egyptian time warp? I remember being both scared and fascinated by the images.) So glad Mummy Cat was reunited with his human companion in the end - it ends a rather dark and melancholy story on a bright note.

  • Lizzie
    2019-02-17 18:45

    Mummy cat once lived the high life as the BFF of the young Queen Hatshupset. But thousands of years have passed and Mummy Cat is lonely and all the treasures in the tomb can't replace the love between cat and beloved owner.A tender story paired with detailed illustrations full of hieroglyphics for young readers to decode.Good back matter about Egyptian mummy practices, cats, and Queen Hatsheput.

  • Kent District Library
    2019-02-01 20:51

    “A puuurrr-fect Halloween and fall weather read! This clever, rhyming picture book tells the story a thousand year old mummy cat waiting in his pyramid for his Egyptian queen to finally awaken. Mummy Cat reminisces about all the wonderful times he and his queen shared together in their past life through gorgeous pictures and hieroglyphics. A truly touching story that pet lovers and history buffs will fall in love with.” —Emmy at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

  • MC Bonet
    2019-01-31 23:58

    Loved it! The art is fantastic! The story is great. I am a lover of all things Egyptian and this story did not disappoint. It is a great way to introduce Egyptian culture to kids. I love how the hieroglyphics where used throughout the book and explained at the end. That being said, it is a story that touches on the subject of death. So I would be cautious if your child is overly sensitive to this topic. I recommend reading and discussing it together with your child.