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REVIEW: Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans by Gary Northfield

There’s a new hero in the Roman arena – and this guy has earned his stripes!

From the pen of the genius that is Gary Northfield (yep, he’s the guy behind The Beano’s wonderwool Derek the Sheep strip) comes another crazy and chaotic adventure. This time though, Gary heads back in time to the ancient Romans for his inspiration.

Separated from his family, Julius the zebra ends up fighting for his life in the Roman Colosseum in front of Emperor Hadrian. Touted as the new People’s Champion (well he is handy with a sword) Julius goes on to a glittering gladiatorial career. But will all be lost when he has one final confrontation with Rome’s very own champ, Victorius? If your kids didn’t find the Romans fascinating before (they are on every school curriculum) they will now. Gary’s inventive and anarchic tale is peppered with action-packed super funny cartoon style illustrations. Hilarious maximus. Walker Books, age: 7+

   

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