Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons by Gary Northfield
  

Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons

Written by Gary Northfield
Illustrated by Gary Northfield
Part of the Julius Zebra Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Hail Julius Zebra! Star of a brilliant new series by former Beano cartoonist Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra is far more likely to turn kids onto the Romans than any number of visits to museums or even Hadrian’s Wall. Julius is zebra turned gladiator, and in this second episode firmly established as the people’s champion. Hadrian has promised him his freedom but decides instead to send Julius to Britannia, what better way to impress the revolting inhabitants than with a fighting zebra! Of course, things don’t go to plan. The story line is nutty, and very funny, while the facts about life in Rome and Britain totally accurate. Northfield’s drawings are wonderful too – you’ll believe a zebra can wield a sword! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

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  • Daniel Bisland, age 8 - 'I would recommend it to reluctant readers as there are lots of great pictures which help with the story. I give it 5/5. I would love to read another book in this series.'
  • Monty Benton, age 8 - 'It was really funny to read with the characters but also find out about history. Julius and his friends' plans never go to plan and that's what's funny!'
  • Alex Hall, age 10 - 'This book was absolutely amazing. I liked it because it is full of humour and the author obviously has a vivid imagination. I couldn't put it down and I laughed out loud lots!'
  • Cora Willans, age 9 - 'Amazingly hilarious and full of excitement!'
  • Emily Lonsdale, age 10 - 'A very funny book for animal and action lovers.'

Synopsis

Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons by Gary Northfield

After the huge success of Rumble with the Romans!, celebrated author and illustrator Gary Northfield creates another brilliantly fast-paced, funny and utterly bonkers adventure for Julius Zebra and his hapless pals to go on.

Emperor Hadrian has one last favour to ask of the gladiator animals before he will grant them their greatest wish - freedom. They must go to the far-off and strange land of Britain to win over the crowds of his empire. But this will be no happy-go-lucky holiday...Instead of buckets and spades, our stripy hero and his friends will need all their powers and wits about them if they're going to survive their most wild and rebellious opponents yet. Cram-packed with jokes and bursting with action, this is a hilarious romp and mad-cap introduction to Roman Britain.

Reviews

Bonkers but brilliant angels & urchins [A] pleasingly daft romp... the book has a very Horrible Histories sense of humour and grounds its silliness with facts about gladiatorial combat. Financial Times

It's perfect for 6 to 8 year olds, and especially for those fascinated by the Romans as there are plenty of snippets of history to be picked up while enjoying the story. Parents in Touch

My favourite character is the warthog because he is always citing uninteresting facts, even at the very worst of times. I found this both funny and annoying and he reminded me of my brother. -- Reader Review Guardian Children's Book Site

The comically classical way to learn about the Romans! Lancashire Evening Post

Completely ridiculous plot line and zany characters are highly entertaining and somehow manage to combine daft antics with historical facts. Great! WRD

As well as providing much hilarity Julius Zebra cunningly educates about Ancient Rome without ever feeling like a lesson [...] A wonderfully ridiculous book; full of fun it will educate and entertain in equal measures. Highly recommended. The School Librarian

Sometimes a book comes along that is pure joy, and this is one of them. Literary Review

This quirky, humorous book is part graphic novel, which makes it ideal for reluctant readers. Washington Independent Review of Books

About the Author

Gary Northfield

Gary Northfield graduated from Harrow College (University of Westminster) with a degree in Illustration in 1992 and has been writing and drawing comics since 2002. He is most famous for Derek the Sheep – a comic strip that appeared in The Beano. Gary has also created comics for National Geographic Kids magazine, The Phoenix, The Dandy, The DFC, Horrible Histories magazine, Horrible Science magazine and The Magical World of Roald Dahl. Gary is the author of the highly-acclaimed The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs published by Walker Books. One of his favourite subject matters is animals and their jolly lives. Gary often wonders what they think about the world they live in. Gary lives in Belvedere, Kent.

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Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 7 to 9 years

Author

Gary Northfield
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Author's Website

www.garynorthfield.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th May 2017

ISBN

9781406373721

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