Pompeii A Great Roman City, a Spectacular House... and the Events That Shook Them Both by Richard Platt

Pompeii A Great Roman City, a Spectacular House... and the Events That Shook Them Both

Written by Richard Platt
Illustrated by Manuela Cappon
Part of the Through Time Series


Pompeii A Great Roman City, a Spectacular House... and the Events That Shook Them Both by Richard Platt

This series offers a unique journey through different periods in history. Detailed artworks tell the story of a specific location as it changes with time. As they explore each scene, readers learn about the people who lived in this place, looking at their beliefs and way of life. Through Time: Pompeii follows the story of a townhouse at the centre of this famous Roman city. Beginning in the 6th century BCE, a simple hut becomes a farmhouse, and gradually the farmhouse is swallowed up by the expanding new city. The house grows as the city prospers, but it also suffers the devastating effects of Pompeii's famous natural disasters.

About the Author

Richard Platt

As an artist
I've written about 60 books, mostly factual books for children. My first children's book was Incredible Cross Sections, which had fantastic illustrations by Stephen Biesty. One of the things I enjoy most about writing is that it gives me the chance to work with wonderful illustrators. When Chris Riddell drew the pictures for Castle Diary and Pirate Diary he managed to capture the characters of all the people in the stories exactly as I'd imagined them. I also love writing because people pay me to find out all this fascinating stuff about strange, wacky and obscure subjects. I spend far more time than I should trying to find amazing facts that bring a subject to life. I trawl through books at home (I've got 2500) and in dusty libraries.

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48 pages
Interest Age: 7-9


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Publication date

3rd September 2007



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