Subtitle: Book 1
By: Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 1 May 2018
ISBN: 9781760650001


When twelve-year-old Bab Sharkey finds a magical beard in the Egyptian desert, it attaches itself to his face, making him the Pharaoh and granting him strange powers. Bab also finds the friends he’s always needed: a pair of undead animals wrapped in bandages called Scaler the Fish Mummy and Prong the Ibis Mummy.

But the previous owner of the Beard, the ancient and evil sorceress Unpharaoh, is determined to get it back. Can Bab and his new Animal Mummy friends banish the Unpharaoh back to the Afterworld? Award-winning Australian comedian Andrew Hansen, best known for The Chaser, has teamed up with his wife, designer Jessica Roberts, to create their very first children’s book series.

This hilarious illustrated series is perfect for middle-grade readers with a wacky sense of humour.


This is the first title in a fabulous new series that mixes Ancient cultures, animals, fantasy and adventure.

Bab Sharkey is a super clever kid who has moved to Egypt with his archaeologist Mum as she hunts for the famous Pharaoh’s Beard. Bab misses his old life, and even worse his overprotective Mum wraps Bab in bubble wrap to keep him safe!

But life for Bab takes a sharp turn of events when two ancient mummies, Prong and Scaler, who have found the prized Pharaoh’s Beard, find their way into his room in the middle of the night, and the Beard finds its way on to Bab’s face.

What ensues from here is a fantastically funny adventure as Bab and his new mummy friends tackle the evil Unpharaoh, who is determined to get the Beard back and once again be the ruler.

This is a great fun read that is full of humour and imagination, that readers 8+ will thoroughly enjoy.

Reviewed by Sam

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