- Northfield, Gary, 1969- Julius Zebra ;
Somerville, Massachusetts :
- First U.S. edition
- Physical Description
- cclxxiii pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
- Main Author
Julius Zebra, unlikely People's Champion of Rome, is enjoying the fame of his gladiatorial position, giving out hoofprints to fans and admiring Julius swag at the marketplace. Despite his newfound celebrity, he's looking forward to his upcoming battle before Emperor Hadrian, who has promised to grant the zebra and his friends their freedom if Julius wins. Instead, Hadrian sends Julius and company to Britannia to face off against the locals' prized fighters. Thinking that they are going on vacation, the animals board a boat, but it gradually becomes clear this is no pleasure cruise. A hysterical mix of misunderstandings, absurd escape plans, and disastrous training regimens unfolds as the animal gladiators size up the competition and realize the fierce Britons aren't actually their enemy. It's the Romans who are the problem! Northfield's cartoonlike line illustrations win the day in this second Julius Zebra entry, capturing the story's comical heart. Kids will be enamored by its ridiculous, action-oriented plot, and unwitting spectators to the bits of history Northfield manages to sneak in between the gags. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
Sent by Emperor Hadrian on a mission to the distant land of Britannia to remind its people of the might of the Roman Empire, Julius Zebra is surprised when the Britons reveal their decided dislike of Romans.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Before he can gain his freedom, Emperor Hadrian sends Julius Zebra on one last mission to Britannia where he and his fellow gladiators discover how much the Britons dislike the Romans.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Think you know Julius Zebra? Think again! The handsome, fast-talking gladiatorial champion is sent on a zany adventure — to Britannia!Before Julius Zebra can have his freedom, Emperor Hadrian sends him on one last mission. As the newly named People’s Champion, Julius must travel with his friends to a distant land to remind its people of the might of the Roman Empire. It’ll be just like a vacation! But when the motley menagerie of gladiators arrives in cold, wet Britannia, they don’t quite receive the welcome they were expecting. In fact, the Britons seem to hate the Romans. And the longer Julius and his friends stay in Britannia, the more they realize that they have a lot more in common with the Britons than they thought. After all, they’re all under Hadrian’s rule. But what can a ragtag group of fighting animals do about it?