Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons (Julius Zebra #2) by Gary Northfield

29749806After the huge success of Rumble with the Romans!, celebrated author and illustrator Gary Northfield creates another brilliantly fast-paced, funny and utterly bonkers adventure for Julius Zebra and his hapless pals to go on.

Emperor Hadrian has one last favour to ask of the gladiator animals before he will grant them their greatest wish – freedom. They must go to the far-off and strange land of Britain to win over the crowds of his empire. But this will be no happy-go-lucky holiday… Instead of buckets and spades, our stripy hero and his friends will need all their powers and wits about them if they’re going to survive their most wild and rebellious opponents yet. Cram-packed with jokes and bursting with action, this is a hilarious romp and mad-cap introduction to Roman Britain.

How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Historical Adventure

Previously reviewed: Julius Zebra: Rumble With The Romans

Review: Julius is the star gladiator and can almost taste his freedom, when Emperor Hadrian turns the tables and sends Julius and his friends to Britain as a show of strength for the Roman Empire. Julius is supposed to defeat the British Animal Gladiators, only that doesn’t quite work out. When does anything ever go right for Julius?

I rather enjoy reading Julius misadventures as they are guaranteed to make me laugh. A large part of the first half of Bundle with the Britons is about Julius and his friend’s journey to Britain and their interesting attempt and fleeing when they realise this trip is not a ‘holibob’. Once they reach their destination training brings rain, bad map reading and family reunions.

The illustrations and test continue to work together brilliantly to tell the story. There is no way to read the story without both. Also why would you want to? None of gladiator’s (Julius’s friends) from the first book have been left behind, which is good news as they provide just as much entertainment at Julius. And you can be rest assured that Bundle with the Britons is just as ridiculous as its predecessor.

Recommend it?


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