“Mighty Wadjet, protect me on my desert journey,” was Akia’s quiet plea.
“A gorgeously illustrated tale of a young girl’s life in Ancient Egypt” – Readers’ Favorite
Akia lives in an oasis far from the Nile River. She loves climbing trees to pick dates while her father tends to his goats. When tragedy strikes, Akia must leave the safety of the oasis and travel alone across the desert to seek answers. Will she be brave enough to confront the Almighty Pharaoh? Come visit Ancient Egypt through a tale told in rhyming couplets, where historic papyrus paintings and hieroglyphics come to life!
Winner of a 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award.
Pharaoh’s Arrow is available world-wide in paperback through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indigo.ca. Amazon sells a Kindle ebook version. Vendors can purchase the book through Ingram Spark (ISBN 9781773700304).
As an elementary teacher, I could see the need for more historical fiction picture books, so I wrote and illustrated Pharaoh’s Arrow. I did months of research so that my book would include accurate information and could hopefully be used by teachers. The story also teaches about compassion, understanding, forgiveness and responsibility.
I illustrated the book in two-dimensional Egyptian style. I wanted the illustrations to look like ancient tomb paintings had come to life to tell the story. I used pencil crayon to replicate Egyptian colours and then covered the drawings with a tempera paint wash to mimic papyrus. I also researched authentic hieroglyphics to reinforce the text. Click on “Hieroglyphics” in the menu on this page to learn what the hieroglyphics mean in the book.
See the book trailer here:
See the “Colouring Pages” and “Hieroglyphics” pages for more about Pharaoh’s Arrow. Learn how to add the papyrus effect to your Egyptian art here:
I was interviewed on the “Book Talk Radio Club” podcast with Claire Perkins. Please listen here:
The recommended age is 8 to 11 years, as the book addresses the themes of death and revenge. This book was published in August 2017 and received a 5 star rating from Readers’ Favorite website, stating the book was “gorgeously illustrated…compelling….and most highly recommended.” Check out the full review here:
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I am very excited to be interviewed on the Reading With Your Kids podcast. Check it out here. Thanks Jedlie!
Some other reviews:
“If you’re shopping for a picture book, George Neeb’s Pharaoh’s Arrow should be high on your list of choices. This unique book is an experience like you haven’t seen before – a whole book written and illustrated in the style of ancient Egypt! Neeb took the time to paint all the pages by hand and tell us a story of revenge set in the times of a bygone era. He studied Egyptian art and it shows on every page. Every page is an individual work of art, bringing the artistic style of the Land of the pyramids into the modern format.” – Literary Titan
“Very impressed by this book. I can’t get over how authentic the illustrations are. The story is written in rhyme and has the feel of a classic fable. In fact I had to look it up to see if it actually was a real Egyptian story. Centered around a young girl, who faces hardship and seeks revenge and in the end learns about forgiveness … throw in some authentic Egyptian gods for good measure and you got a winner!! ” – The Kids Book Guru on Instagram