After weeks of waiting on my sometimes unwieldy "to-be-read" pile, "How To Curse In Hieroglyphics" by Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr finally made it to the top of the stake, and I was excited.
This morning I finished the book and it turns out the excitement was justified.
Book one of The Wiggins Weird series, "How To Curse In Hieroglyphics" is geared towards the 'tween audience, readers 8-13 years old. I'm a little bit outside that market and yes, I'll admit that I bought it because Lesley and Jon are friends, but darn it, I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun read.
The story focuses on Cheryl and Tweed, two cousins that have been raised by their grandfater who runs a drive-in movie theatre. Subsequently, B-movies have had a significant influence on both girls and how they view the world. At any moment, they might slip into action mode with their lives becoming scenes from a film, illustrated in the book through movie storyboards drawn by Steven Burley.
I won't give you any spoilers about cursed Egyptian princesses and dastardly carnival Colonels and winking nods to classic films; I'll simply say that an enjoyable adventure ensues and it's presented in a wonderfully creative way.
For me, the most significant and important part of the story is that it demonstrates to its readers (an infinite number of 8-13 year olds and me) how powerful and wonderful and fun one's own imagination can be. That is a fantastic lesson and kudos to Lesley and Jonathan for making it an integral part of the book.
If you can't find this book at your local bookstore, first of all give them a stern look of disapproval, then go to Amazon and order a copy there. You'll be glad you did.