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The Roman Beanfeast (Young Puffin Confident Readers) [Paperback]

Gillian Cross , Linzi Henry
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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7 Aug 1997 Young Puffin Confident Readers
Davey's class is doing a project on the Romans. The best piece of work will get a prize at the Roman feast on the last day of term, and Davey is determined to win. But so is Molly - and she'll go to any lengths to beat him. Davey has to make something really special. But what?

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (7 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140377662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140377668
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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The subtle message reveals how bullying can be turned round in a most dignified way. A funny, satisfying read. (Irish Examiner ) --Irish Examiner --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

GILLIAN CROSS worked in a school and bakery before studying at Oxford and Sussex universities. Gillian has written over thirty books for children, in 1991 she won the Carnegie Medal for WOLF and has won both the Smarties Prize and the Whitbred Award for The Great Elephant Chase. Gillian lives in Warwickshire with her husband and some of her four children.
ROS ASQUITH has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years, and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people, including the bestseller The Great Big Book of Families, with Mary Hoffman, the Teenage Worrier series, Letters from an Alien Schoolboy-which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize- and her debut picture story book It’s Not Fairy.  She worked as a photographer, designer and teacher before becoming a theatre critic for Time Out and the Observer, and diary writer for the TV Times.  Ros lives in north London with her husband and two sons.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Beanfeast by Gillian Cross 12 July 2001
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I'm a teacher of Y3 and 4 children and read this book as part of our topic about the Romans. They really enjoyed it and followed Davey's exploits with interest. They have since borrowed the book and read it at home. We also read Across the Roman Wall by Theresa Breslin and Gladiators Never Blink by Nick Warburton.I think their favourite was Gillian Cross. All the books I purchased through Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Roman Beanfeast 16 Oct 2003
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What a terrific book! Very entertaining story, and pertinent to my 8 year old's sons school topic covering Romans. My son is a slow reader and this book really held his interest and increased his comprehension abilities. The choice and range of diction is just right, some new words well placed so that comprehension was easy. Just simply a great book and I think for my son, a pivotal one for his being able to both understand and enjoy reading a whole book on his own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a really cool book and I recommend it!!! 28 Jan 2002
The Roman Beanfeast
David, is a 10-year-old boy who has a mad ambition to build an invention and win the class contest. After visiting a Roman museum and looking at all the exhibitions. David decides to enter the class contest. He will have to work hard! Molly his closest rival also wants to win badly and she will try and beat him at any cost! She will break his inventions not give him information or even hurt him. After a lot of trouble he finally makes a last minute invention and with a little help from his mum, he takes it into school. Will it be enough to win or not?
A very exciting and hilarious book that you would not want to miss. A 5 star rating book that will surely knock the socks off you. A book for all ages.
This book is written by Gillian Cross who has won the Carnnegie award for Wolf, she has also won both the Smarties award and the Whitbread award for The Great Elephant Chase. Her hobbies are orienteering and playing the piano.
By Nicholas P.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 6 May 2014
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Excellent condition as advertised. Brilliant for use in my classroom! Part of our topic on The Roman Empire, really good level for the children. They thoroughly enjoyed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars spelling mistakes 9 Oct 2011
By Miss W
The story is good but there are quite a few spelling mistakes in the book which I have noticed when reading the story out to my class. Could cause problems if a child is reading independently. We are only up to chapter three and I have come across at least three errors already which is rather disappointing.
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