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VINE VOICEon 25 May 2012
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Well the first couple of reviews were not great, but I must come at this review through the eyes of a seven year-old, as I ordered this book purely for my daughter as she is a fan of "Horrible Histories" and I wanted her to try something else in that style. She tells me that she "liked the dirty facts and found the jokes very funny". She assures me that "the pictures had lots of detail in them and this is now my favourite history book". I asked her what she particularly remembered and she said "I learned how the people were in olden days and how bad they were sometimes". She has picked this up and put it down a number of times, which makes it perfect for dipping into and she is clearly attracted by the pictures. Yes I accept the puns are over-used. Yes I accept it may be lacking in scientific factual detail. Yes I accept the writing style and grammar is awkward in places, but... if it has sparked some interest and begun to fire the imagination of a seven year old then surely that's no bad thing. Oh and if a publisher is reading this, my daughter says she wants one about "the Victorians" next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a funny, frivolous attempt to convey history with humour, similar in style to the "Horrible Histories". The book is fairly short and ideal for the 7-9 age group, obviously depending on your childs reading ability and interests. My son is seven and he enjoyed it and found it easy to read. Although fairly short, the book takes you from the beginnings of Rome all the way to the end of the Empire, taking in such subjects as life in Rome, the army, food and the Emperors. Obviously, there is little in the way of detail, but the facts are relayed in a fun way. There are lots of illustrations (black and white) to make the pages visually interesting and information is given in short snippets which makes the book very easy to read. There are some rather gory pages, such as "how the Romans sacrificed a big animal", but all details are imparted in a cartoon like style and unlikely to cause distress amongst even the most easily disturbed child. Overall, this is not really anything new, but my son enjoyed the book and was quoting facts from it, which meant he found it memorable and interesting. Other books so far in the series look at the Egyptians, Greeks and the British.
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on 21 February 2013
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Not entirely convinced there's a necessity for this book - the slot's been pretty much filled with the Horrible Histories series. But my seven-year-old likes it, and uses it for the occasional school project or factoid to stump his parents with. Robinson has claimed that kids reading this book will come away 'knowing how things really fitted together in any particular period' - this may be overstating it a tad. Still, entertaining enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed by 10 year old son. This book contained all the facts and habits of the Romans. They held the Roman Empire and lived in Rome! It was incredibly noisy and stinky because there was so many people there. There were also barbarians, Goths and vandals, but not like we have them today.
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I've run this little history book past the real audience, my 11- and 9-year-old children who are avid Horrible History fans. They said it wasn't as funny as HH and rather boring.

Poor Tony.
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VINE VOICEon 29 May 2012
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Long before Time Team, Tony Robinson was a well known face on children's television, with Tales From Fat Tulip's Garden & Maid Marian And Her Merry Men. His new series, Weird World of Wonders, isn't his first foray into children's books, either, having had success with history books in the past. This particular book covers the Roman era, one of primary school history's favourite topics.

Basically, this is Baldrick does Horrible Histories, but for a slightly younger audience. It's not a bad book, but it doesn't really bring anything new to the genre. The cartoons are well executed and help support the text, but some of the black and white photos are a bit too blurry to be of much use; the same goes for some of the shading on the maps. And, as you would expect from a book of this size, its treatment of a lot of Roman history is incredibly brief.

There's the now practically compulsory tie-in to an online site, with jokes, activities and games, some of which are only tenuously linked with the period covered in the books but are never-the-less quite entertaining (although some of the links don't appear to be working yet).

If your children aren't already devotees of Horrible Histories, then this book should serve as a fun but slight introduction to the glories of Rome. But to be honest, Terry Deary still does it better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this ... and there are one or two children in my class who will love it too! If your child is one of those who adores the Horrible Histories - particularly the TV programme, who like picking up and regurgitating weird and wonderful facts; then this series is definitely for them! Cheap, an easy read and yet very informative ... go for it! It will be a popular addition to many children's library and a great little 'extra gift' or simple reward for a good report!
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One hundred and fifty odd pages of black and white illustrations and photographs. The text is fairly informative but Mr Robinsons need to write unfunny comments every few lines becomes wearing after a short while, and even though I am not the target audience for this publication I'm sure the pre teens will too!
His Weird world of wonders Egyptians is the same.
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This is a good, cheap and fun educational book for kids. It is accurate without being too overbearing (keeping the learning fun and engaging) but is not patronising in its tone.

With Tony "Time Team" Robinson involved (and he has long had a passion for history) it also has a necessary added element of fun. A recommended little book.
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A wonderful history of the Romans brought out in a modern easy to hold book; which is also easy to read. The book explains Romulas and Remus, and some of the Gods of ancient Italy. How Rome began and turned into a great empire often beating the enemy whilst out numbered using tactics. With illustrations of the weapons used and the amazing power they gained through hundreds of battles.
If you like the way Tony Narrates Time Team, you will like the way Romans has been written its in that style. Clear precise information and clear pictures and diagrams illustrating people and objects.Even explaining why they hated the French and there moustaches.
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