Author(s): Gary Northfield
From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be ...GLADIATORS! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. But do Julius and his pals have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive?
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 * 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 * Madagascar meets Gladiator in this exciting, action-packed and hysterically funny story brimming with entertaining Roman facts. -- World Book Day * World Book Day * ...has a laugh out loud cartoon on nearly every page. -- The Herald * The Herald * The comically classical way to learn about the Romans! -- Lancashire Evening Post * Lancashire Evening Post * Brilliant! -- Families South East London * Families South East London * I thought that this book was thought up from one inventive brain, willing to make a mind-blowing book and they achieved just that. -- The Guardian Online * The Guardian Online * Completely ridiculous plot line and zany characters are highly entertaining and somehow manage to combine daft antics with historical facts. Great! -- WRD * 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 * Wonderfully interactive illustrations draw the reader right into the zany world of Julius and his anthropomorphic friends. Fast-paced, full of ridiculously dynamic action and packed with witty historical references, this is Horrible Histories, mammal style! * Inis Reading Guide * Behold a bonkers blast-from-the-past, filled with mayhem and historical facts. Young readers will be mesmerised. * Little London * From a smelly Serengeti watering-hole to the clamour of the Colosseum, expect a bonkers adventure as Julius Zebra and a motley menagerie gear up to be gladiators. An appealing package with zebra-stripe endpapers, short chapters and oodles of illustrations, it's enjoying strong sales in hardback, so expect big things in paperback. * The Bookseller *
Gary Northfield 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.