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Mar 15 2018

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield

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Walker, 2018. ISBN 9781406371802
(Age: 6+) "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 . . . "(Publisher)
This highly entertaining book travels between the worlds of fact and fiction. It will sit alongside Horrible Histories beautifully in the library. Children will love the peek into gladiatorial lives and times. Children from six and up with dive into this book and the almost graphic novel format will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. The third book in a humorous series is sure to be a winner with its ridiculous plot and hilarious characters. I can see our Year 2 classes sharing snippets of this book as they launch into their lessons on the Romans.
Kathryn Schumacher

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