Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert

It is the 19th Century, and Lillian the daughter of the brilliant Egyptologist Prof. Bowell has fallen in love with a dead man. After being mummified for three thousand years and Imhotep IV, Pharoah of Egypt, is enjoying the modern experiences that London has to offer with Lillian, both exhilarated to be out of Prof. Bowell's stifling supervision. It isn't until an unfortunate experience with tea and assaulting another gentleman that things go terribly wrong. While protecting Imhotep from incarceration, Lillian accidentally poisons two men and she and Imhotep must flee.

For all that it sounds rather adventurous and action-packed, I found this book to be rather sweet and gentle. Very light reading. Not the first thing that I would think to recommend to a friend, but if you needed something to take up fifteen to twenty minutes of time that you didn't really have to think about afterward then it's perfect. The illustrations are very engaging, and I liked the little twist at the end. Don't go out of your way to get it, but if you stumble upon it skim through.

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