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5.0 out of 5 stars maximusal, 31 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Gladiators (Hardcover)
I bought this for my 9 year old daughter and its fantastic. There's a story book, a map, a coin game and some trading type cards, not to mention the pop up colosseum! My one glib, if you can call it that, is that the walls of the colosseum when popped up are corrugated like a fan. But that's not a big deal and is needed to allow it fold compactly away. The book is brilliantly illustrated and the price I paid seems like a steal.

If you're kids like horrible history or anything of that ilk they'll love this book, though its not aiming for the funny bone as much as HH products do. Just wish someone bought me this when I was a kid.
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gladiators (Hardcover)
Along with most other things in our fast spinning world pop-up books have taken so many giant leaps forward that they almost merit a different name, such as a name that encompasses not only pop-ups but everything found in this king size return to ancient Rome, Gladiators.

First, there is a 40 page book covering a day at what was then called a game for both spectators and gladiators. What is surely the world's most eye-popping amphitheater, Rome's Colosseum, unfolds into a spectacular model, and is accompanied by a printed layout allowing us to explore not only the structure but the maze of tunnels running beneath it. Also included is a street map of ancient Rome, Gladiator trading cards, and a favorite Roman game, Tabula.

The cover holding all of these intriguing items measures 10" by 12", and is sturdily bound. Geared for ages 7 and up Gladiators is not only engrossing fun but a learning experience as well.

Steve Noon's illustrations are colorfully lifelike returning us to a time gone by when combatants fought one another in an amphitheater that held 50,000 people who were seated by rank, social class, and gender. Kudos to David Hawcock for amazing paper engineering.

- Gail Cooke
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