The Romans Gods, emperors, and dormice

Marcia Williams, 1945-

Book - 2013

Presented in her successful comic-strip style, Marcia Williams provides a behind-the-scenes tour of some of ancient Rome's leading historical events, narrated by a dormouse gladiator, and includes coverage of family life and famous emperors.

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Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2013.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
ISBN
9780763665814
0763665819
Main Author
Marcia Williams, 1945- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dormeo the dormouse guides readers through the history of Rome, from its creation to its fall in 410 BCE. Each page receives a neoclassical border, with the page's topic heading in the pediment, a descriptive paragraph in the frieze, and the body of the comic-strip narrative inside the erstwhile building. These busy cartoons range from minuscule to full-page and always invite close inspection. Crammed within, readers will find miniature charts, tiny maps, overhead diagrams of outdoor areas, lessons on daily life, and plenty of modern snark. It's an unusual conceit pulled off quite well—by employing Dormeo as a humorous narrator, Williams is able to present atrocities imposed upon the lower classes of Roman people without overwhelming readers. Lots of information here; prepare for this book to be renewed at least once. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–8—Guided by a playful dormouse, readers are greeted with page after page of busy illustrations of the beginnings of humankind, including Romulus and Remus's founding of Rome, short histories of some of its notable kings, and culminating in the rise and eventual fall of this sophisticated city. Along the way, children meet the citizens, warriors, and emperors who all contributed to the evolution of this ancient civilization and learn quite a bit of history, via some "res vera," Latin for "facts," courtesy of the dormouse guide. Filled with humor and a bit of attitude, this latest venture for Williams will engage even the most reluctant young readers. An excellent addition to a history or classics curriculum.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH [Page 123]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In graphic novel format, a behind-the-scenes tour of some of ancient Rome's leading historical events, narrated by a dormouse gladiator, includes coverage of family life and famous emperors.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presented in the successful comic-strip style of Ancient Egypt and Tales from Shakespeare, a behind-the-scenes tour of some of ancient Rome's leading historical events is narrated by a dormouse gladiator and includes coverage of family life and famous emperors.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

With her signature comic-strip style, Marcia Williams takes us behind the scenes of some of ancient Rome’s most famous moments.Meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He’s about to lead a tour — from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome’s best-known emperors (good and not so good). Vibrant, engaging, and packed with Marcia Williams’s trademark warmth and humor, this graphic storybook is a young reader’s ideal introduction to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.