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Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! Hardcover – April 12, 2016
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Gr 2–5—Julius Zebra, a fast-talking, nervous sort who tries to sneak home from the stinky, crocodile-infested waterhole, is captured along with Milus, a grumpy lion, and Cornelius, a clueless warthog. They are transported to the ferocious clamor of the Roman Coliseum. They are forced to become gladiators, and the only way they can gain their freedom is if they win the love of the Roman crowds. The story is written in short chapters with funny, irreverent text and cartoon-style visuals. An illustrated guide to Roman numerals and a handy glossary are included in the back. Although the book has a completely ridiculous plot mixed with zany characters, it is highly entertaining and somehow manages to combine daft antics with historical facts. Pair this title with Terry Deary's Ruthless Romans (2009) or Toby Brown's Spartacus and His Glorious Gladiators (2010, both Scholastic), and students are sure to get hooked on learning about ancient Rome. VERDICT A fun and informative addition to chapter book collections.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN
Readers will applaud the Monty Python-esque exploits of this hoofed hero.
A fun and informative addition to chapter book collections.
—School Library Journal
If Greg Heffley were a zebra, this might be his diary, complete with scratchy cartoon illustrations of the goings-on as Julius and his friends attempt to outwit death.
This zany premise is rife with gags, slapstick comedy, and cartoonish illustrations, wherein the scribbly, bug-eyed animals fight for their lives. Tucked within the nonsense are some nuggets of Roman history and a surprisingly informative glossary. A sequel is assured for those eager for more of Julius’ antics.
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"Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans" written and illustrated by Gary Northfield is the humorous tale of a zebra in the wrong place at the wrong time. Full of zany characters and comical illustrations, this book will likely be a hit with advanced early readers and younger middle-grade boys. The goofy humor and toilet jokes will likely appeal to this age range. Besides the jokes, there is also a surprising amount of historical information pertaining to Romans and gladiators. Complete with an explanation of Roman numerals and a glossary, the reader is sure to learn something new.
Thank you to Net Galley and Candlewick for a reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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.