Perhaps because no one has described me as “fashion forward”, I was bored by the talk of outfits in The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, by Bianca Turetsky (2013, 256 pages). Also annoying to me was the fact that in the full-page color drawings which are a prominent feature of this book, the girls in their noteworthy clothes are willowy and beautiful, even if they are not described as such in the text. However, this story in which the main character gets to spend time with Cleopatra in Egypt, is so outstanding, I’m willing to overlook some negatives.
Summary from Amazon:
When Louise Lambert tries on a lavender Grecian gown during a visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, she feels a familiar tug and falls back in time, arriving at the dusty base of an enormous pyramid. She has landed in ancient Egypt…or has she?It turns out that Louise is on the legendary Old Hollywood film set of Cleopatra, but her time there is short-lived. Rummaging through the wardrobe tent, Louise gets her hands on a pearl necklace that dates back to 51 BC, and she suddenly finds herself whisked away once more, this time to the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. Gold and jewels shimmer in the Egyptian sunlight, but poisonous snakes and dangerous enemies also roam the palace halls. Louise quickly learns that life as a handmaiden to Queen Cleopatra is much more treacherous–and fashionable–than she ever could have imagined.
What I learned about Egypt:
1. Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic family who were from Greece. She was the first one in her family to actually learn Egyptian.
2. She was married to her brother! (Eww.) But that was the custom back then.
3. Cleopatra experienced some serious sibling rivalry. Her sister wanted to kill her and take over being ruler. Egyptian history is rife with family members killing other members so they can be the ruler of the country. It’s hard to imagine how they could be so heartless.