Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians! by Gary Northfield
  

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!

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

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

The adventures never stop for zebra turned gladiator Julius, and they get funnier with each book. Julius and his friends are shipwrecked and wash up on the shores of Egypt where, thanks to a series of happy coincidences, and to the disgust of his stupid brother Brutus, Julius is proclaimed a god. Milus the lion warns him it will all end in tears, and it nearly does – expect chariot races, mummy disguises, crocodiles to the rescue, and the return of the emperor Hadrian. In amongst the silliness are many real historical facts but children will love this for the action and the laughs. X out of X all round! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Rumble with the Romans, part of the Julius Zebra series. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emily Lonsdale, age 9 - 'I loved it because I am doing the Romans at school at the moment...I liked all the funny bits especially when the Zebra was being chased by a lion.'
  • Alex Hall, age 9 - 'This book is about a zebra called Julius, who gets caught by some Romans...I also liked the illustrations and the way you have to read the speech bubbles to read the story.'
  • Bethany, age 8 - 'I like how the comic style illustrations carry on the story rather than just being a 'picture on a page'...It is a bit like 'diary of a wimpy zebra!’'
  • Review by Bethany’s Mum - 'I could see both boys and girls reading it and also that it might tempt some more reluctant readers with the great illustrations.'
  • Isaac East, age 8 - 'Ten out of ten for Julius and his friends. This is the best book I have been sent so far!...This book was so full of excitement and suspense I could not put it down.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 7 - 'You need to read this hilarious, laugh out loud book! I like the cool illustrations and I recommend it to 7+ good readers with an interest in the Romans! I give it 11/10.'
  • Cora Willans - 'VERY FUNNY!! I would give this book 10/10!'
  • Monty and Hattie Benton, age 7 and 9 - 'This is a really funny book. The best way to find out lots about gladiators in Roman times, laughing out loud along the way!'
  • Grace Phelan, age 7 - 'You should read this book because it’s funny, excellent and superb. I love it!!!!!!'
  • Reggie Wilfred, age 10 - 'This book is good and I know people that like Romans they will like this book also the author, Gary Northfield uses slang.'
  • Alexander Kearsey, age 8 - 'A very funny book. Who knew that zebras even existed in the Roman Times! You will soon find out what a brave but silly zebra he is!'
  • Oscar Smith, age 7 - 'A laugh out loud book where a zebra goes on a wild adventure. Great pictures from Gary Northfield as well.'

Synopsis

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians! by Gary Northfield

After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can't believe his luck! Soon he and his bedraggled friends will be living it up in the city of Alexandria; preened and pampered like gods. Then a fancy boat procession will take them down the River Nile to Giza where, of course, a lavish party will be thrown in Julius's honour - as well as getting the obligatory tour of the Pyramids. BUT it is this very tour that seems to signal the end to their glorious fortunes in Egypt. On a visit to the Tomb of Cleopatra, Felix is unable to resist a rather lovely looking treasure for his rock collection... He pockets the jewel and immediately a curse falls upon the group. And so the ridiculous adventure begins where Julius fights for his life as the Egyptians come to unravel the truth and realize that he is not quite what they thought he was...

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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Book Info

Format

Hardback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 7 to 11 years

Author

Gary Northfield
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Author's Website

www.garynorthfield.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

29th May 2017

ISBN

9781406371802

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