School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels # 79
Title: The Egypt Game Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The Recipe: Two new friends, April and Melanie, embark on an adventure after creating their own imagination game about Egypt. They stumble upon an old junkyard behind the shop of the neighborhood's shady character and make it Egypt. Egypt comes to life as they add new friends and objects. But then, strange things begin to happen...
The Frosting and Sprinkles: I loved the imaginative play of the children. I also felt Snyder portrayed children-and their silly arguments while playing- quite accurately. Some of the characters, especially April (yea!) are a bit quirky, which makes them interesting. It's a heart-warming story about childhood and about the aged finding joy in child-like innocence.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: Some of the children's play is slightly creepy, as it portrays evil gods of Egypt. The plot is very slow. It's a short book, so for adults, it goes quickly, but for a child (it's a younger child level book) it would probably be mundane and boring. Half of the book describes their game and the real plot doesn't unfold until 2/3 way through the book. Also, it was extremely predictable. I called the ending within the first three pages.
I am April, a woman in process who longs to know Christ deeply. I am a creator, wife, mom, missionary, adventure-seeker, lover of beautiful things, and a kid at heart. Here I share my creations and the beautiful things in which I delight. Hope you enjoy your visit!