Reader Reviewed 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 this title which is part of the Julius Zebra series. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alex, age 11 - 'As soon as I got this book, I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.  I loved this book!!'
  • Lucas Blake, age 7 - This book is exciting and super duper funny. I read it all without stopping!'
  • Ethan Watkin, age 10 - 'This is a great book for 8-12 year olds with a lovely sense of humour – there are several books in the series which you're bound to enjoy. A hilarious comedy adventure!'
  • Lucy, age 7 - 'This book is a funny and exciting adventure story with lots of Ancient Egypt history in.  I loved the cartoons that make it partly like reading a comic.'
  • Diya Budhdeo, age 8 - 'This book is is suitable for 7 to 9 year olds. As an 8 year old I really enjoyed the book...opening up the world of Egyptians and teaching me about their culture.'
  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 7 & 5 - 'We were swept along by the fast paced comic adventures of Julius, his daft brother and his funny friends as they rushed headlong from one adventure into the next...packed with accurate information about Ancient Egypt alongside the hilariously surreal elements and has made the kids even more obsessed with the topic than before.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 10 - 'I give it 5*. I recommend it to 9+ adventure fans who also like a funny story. I really like the illustrations in this book. If you like this book, make sure you read 1 & 2 as well. Julius is stupidly funny. This series is hilarious!'
  • Oliver Corlett, age 10 - 'A laugh out loud book; this series gets funnier and funnier! I have been learning about Ancient Egypt in school and this book really helped with my learning and brought my learning to life.'


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...


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

The adventures never stop for zebra turned gladiator Julius, and they get funnier with each book. [...] 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,

Gary Northfield's hilarious Julius Zebra series is the talk of the playground. Term Time magazine

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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320 pages
Interest Age: From 7 to 9 years


Gary Northfield
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2018




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