Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings

" I just love this book. I read it in one sitting and laughed out loud at the sheer silliness. I just found it a delight. Loved the motley collection of characters and the jaded, Han Solo like, Milus the lion. The Roman history was all accurate and yet was seamlessly inserted in the story with humor. It reminded me of Asterix, which introduced so many of us to Gaulish and Roman history. I can't wait for the next Bundle of Britons! " said.

"JULIUS ZEBRA: RUMBLE WITH THE ROMANS by Gary Northfield is a zany, fast-paced romp through ancient Rome starring a zebra, a lion, and a warthog.

Three captured African animals find themselves in the Colosseum where they must become gladiators to gain their freedom.

This first book in a new series concludes with a guide to Roman numerals and a glossary.

Librarians will find that this highly illustrated middle grade book is a hit with upper elementary children. The short chapters and one-stop action will keep even reluctant readers engaged.

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Published by Candlewick Press on April 12, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.
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"Julius Zebra isn’t happy about going to the lake with his mum and older brother. The water is gross and smelly. He tries to imagine the water as crystal-clear sparkling water from a mountain, but as soon as he tastes it, he knows better.
He decides he is going home on his own, despite the warnings of being alone from an annoying know-it-all warthog that sees him. Suddenly they are both caught up in a stampede. There is a stalking lion nearby. Julius and the warthog escape up a hill, only to fall into a deep dark pit – with the lion!
He’s wishing he never left his family’s side when they are all pulled out in nets by strange looking creatures called people. Not just any people – Roman Centurions.

This is a hilarious beginning to this series. Friendship, time-travel, humour and animals all mixed together make a great read for 7+ boys and girls.
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" This book was very funny and that the pictures were spot one. This book made me laugh the journey Julius had was so suspenseful. This book was very interesting. I recommend it. " said.

" Fun for any ageGreat humor and voice. The action and fast pacing keeps us going. This book made my commuting, so much easier. Also educative regarding roman gladiators. " said.

" A zany adventure (with real history mixed in)!See my review at: " said.

" Really 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 stars. Not at all a one-joke book, which is what I feared. Favorite character has to be the Dead Bird Hat Man. " said.

" Asher (11yo) read. "Funny! I really like this stripey horse (who is definitely NOT a stripey horse)." " said.

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