Julius Zebra, Rumble with the Romans
Author: Gary NORTHFIELD
Subject/Category: Gr. 3-5
Year Reviewed:: 2017
Review: When a talking zebra decides he's too good for the local watering hole where everyone also bathes and poops, he heads for elsewhere, only to be kidnapped by Romans and destined for a horrible death in the coliseum. Absurd humor predominates in this zany adventure where African animal captives enter the arena for slaughter, only to take up weapons and become gladiators that wow the crowds. Middle grade readers will laugh their way through this off-beat exposure to Roman history, culture, and numerals, complete with daffy cartoon-style illustrations and a glossary of Latin and Roman terms.