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“Wit, humane insights, and physical antics allow readers to join the fun...has cross-generational appeal.”—Booklist

About the Author

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 35 Asterix albums.
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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Asterix (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866086
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, Asterix and the Banquet (Orion, 1965)

I decided to re-read all the Asterix books I'd read, and read the ones I hadn't, back in 2004. I had gotten through most of them by 2005, but three eluded me. I tracked down Mansions of the Gods in 2007, but Asterix the Legionary and Asterix and the Banquet, for some reason, have been well-nigh impossible to find. I try to get them through Interlibrary Loan twice a year or so, on the off chance one of the very few libraries that actually have copies will have one in stock. I struck it lucky this time, and got hold of Asterix and the Banquet. Only one to go!

This is another geography-lesson issue, with Asterix and Obelix touring France and picking up local delicacies in order to win a bet with a Roman prefect. There is, of course, a plethora of opportunities for bad puns, silly jokes, and all the other hallmarks of the series. (It has also been noted that this book marks the first appearance of Dogmatix.) Fun stuff. If you like the rest of the series, this one's a gimme. ***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on May 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First published in French in 1965 as Le tour de Gaule d'Astérix , it was first published in English in 1979. An action pact , fun filled adventure , Asterix and Obelix tour Gaul (Ancient France) in order to win a bet to prove to the Roman occupiers that Gaul is their country and that they will go where they like in it.
The proof is food specialities from all over Gaul which is to be presented in a banquet. Naturally the Romans pull out all stops to stop our friends but as always (and as we shall see in the adventure ) the Gauls are irreperessible.

We get to see what Ancient Gaul in the minds of the writers looked like . This may have been a parody of France in 1965!
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By General Breadbasket on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Sick of Asterix's village being free of Roman rule, Caesar sends a prefect to build a barricade around the village. Vitalstatistix, Getafix and all the others are very annoyed at this. Gaul is their home, they want freedom to visit brothers and sisters in other towns. Asterix gives the Romans a challenge. He and Obelix will not be stopped by a barricade. He will not only break free, but tour France, gathering tasty treats for the village banquet. Fish soup, ham, humbugs, salad, French everything from everywhere French. Will Asterix and Obelix succeed? How will they do it?

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of "Asterix and the Banquet" (Asterix #5). Felt like a big party celebrating Asterix and France. Still a fairly good read for fans. Fun looking for Dogmatix too.
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What can I say? I buy the Asterix books for my middle school sons who adore them. They were first introduced to them when they were in grade school, by some friends from France. I was always an anti-comic book mom, but how can I complain when world history is thrown into the story? Both boys (ages 12 and 14) read and reread all of the titles we own. We have the paperback versions and the bindings are very sturdy and hold up to all the wear and tear and usage. They love 'em!
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By Blue Tyson on September 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Romans have surrounding the Gaulish village. Asterix makes a bet with their commander that he can get out, and take a tour de France, to retrieve a delicacy from each region, for a big banquet.

They will invite the commander to join them, as proof of victory. Any form of transport will do, even if Obelix has to carry a horse. No bikes to be seen though!
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My son and I love them. Gives you an appreciation for the variety of foods, and how people in France really like their food. It is also not afraid to mention alcohol in a children's book, which I think is good: makes it demystify the topic (should only be drunk by adults, and in moderation is something to be enjoyed, as part of a good meal!).
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This lovely book- a visual delight- is basically a souvenir of France. Our two adventurers tour round the country, taking in all regional specialities and Uderzo illustrating scenic and recognisable landscapes.

The story itself is pretty weak, but you could not have designed a better tourist brochure for the country.
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Gave these books to some junior high kids. They not only loved the graphic story, but also enjoyed the sprinkeling of Latin throught. Nearly all continued learning through Latin classes at school. A superior intro to our Mother Tongue as well as a thoroughly interesting comic book series for its own sake.
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