Cleocatra's Kushion by Robin Price


Cleocatra's Kushion by Robin Price

The Spartapuss series follows the diary of a gladiator cat from Rome to the Land of the Kitons (A.K.A. Britain) and beyond. In the fifth exciting Spartapuss adventure, the Son of Spartapuss (nicknamed 'SOS' for short) visits Rome and falls in love with a female with the most beautiful name he has ever heard. He invites the fair Haireena on a date to the Emperor's unfinished Golden Palace, but things get off to a terrible start. The pair are discovered by the cruel emperor Nero, who decides that Haireena will make the perfect present for his favourite gladiator. After breaking out of Hades Row, (Rome's Worst Prison), SOS chases the gladiator only to find that he's taken Haireena on a secret mission in search of a treasure cavern at the source of the river Nile. Their journey to the Kingdom of the Kushites is full of shocks, crocs and a touch of magic, courtesy of Cleocatra's Kushion.


I hope you like puns, because if you do, this is just the book for you! The characters are wonderfully named - how about Eddipuss for starters? A wonderfully punny story which had me reading the book right through as soon as I received it. SOS (Son of Spartapuss) falls in love with the wondrously named Haireena. After a disastrous first date, Haireena is taken by Emperor Nero's gladiator and we follow their adventures through the Land of the Purramids as they seek treasure at the source of the River Nile. A really funny and beautifully written story, whisking you back to the days of Ancient Rome - a great way to interest children in history. This is No 5 in the Spartapuss series, and if you haven't already read the others, I urge you to do so. 'It's silly enough that it doesn't feel like a history lesson at all. Fun for teenagers and adults with an interest in ancient history too. 4 stars out of 5 'A hilarious tale about the ancient world according to cats: this will help increase a love for history for all readers.

About the Author

Robin Price

Robin Price is the author of three historical series’ Spartapuss , The Olympuss Games and Beowuff – where cats and dogs rule the world. His graphic novel London Deep was chosen as a Recommend Read for World Book Day in 2011. An Olivier nominated songwriter, Robin writes songs for Tall Stories theatre company. His writing credits include The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom (by Julia Donaldson) and a musical version of Something Else by the Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. When he’s not writing books. Robin leads creative writing workshops for kids and has run writing workshops for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and The Young Archaeologists Club.

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192 pages
Interest Age: 8-12


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Publication date

1st March 2011



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