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I Am Spartapuss Paperback – 1 Mar 2005
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“Cat-tastic” – London Evening Standard
“The Spartapuss book by Robin Price is brilliant, funny, fantastic and cool. It’s much better than Harry Potter. There are no bad words in it like Harry Potter and it’s funnier. I can’t wait to read the second one but my Mum and Dad are making me wait ‘til it’s my birthday, it’s not fair!” – Amazon reader review, William Patrick Webb (Muscat, Oman)
“A highly original story with lots of scope for giggles, it also provides some background history and can’t fail to delight cat fans (or otherwise) everywhere!” – Booktrusted.co.uk
“A rip roaring page turner of a book! I am a grown up, and could not put it down. Subtle humour to amuse both adults and children. I am just waiting for the movie rights to be sold. A must buy!” – Anonymous Amazon Reader
“Young fans of ancient Rome will love this book and it’s a great introduction for those who are not yet familiar with its history. Spartapuss, a ginger tom cat, falls from favour as manager of the finest bath and spa in Rome and ends up fighting for his life in a school for gladiators. The characters are full of life and there is a surprising amount of historical accuracy to watch out for. This is the first of a series, so watch out for more!” – Sam Beck, Waterstones.com
“I am Spartapuss – a book full of such energy that keeps you galloping along from page to page. The smells, sounds and visions of ancient Rome come reeling off the pages with masterful humour – a Rome of mad dogs and brazen cats. Spartapuss, an unconventional hero, is a cat with attitude; a cat we’d all like to have around. Each character is so vividly developed that they remain with you long after the final line. This book transcends the age of the reader – a delightful adventure for children and a witty humorous tale for adults. Everyone should have the opportunity to have Spartapuss in their lives.” – Amazon reader Nycole Prowse (Dubai)
“Packed with more catty puns than you ever thought pawsible, this witty Roman romp is history with cattitude.” – Junior Magazine
“Spartapuss makes history fun instead of dull... For people who don’t like history (like me), this book might change their minds.” – Shruti Patel (aged 10)
“This is a must for any child who has studied, or is about to study, Roman history at school... a perfect story for children to read themselves or for parents to join in... Fabulous!” – Andrea Don, Waterstones.com
“I really recommend this book, the idea of a Roman Empire ruled by cats is brilliant. It’s not just the puns that are funny, the rest of the book made me laugh a lot. Rating: Ten out of ten.” – Robert (aged 10), Young Archaeologists Club
“I think they are unique books that have really caught the imagination of the public here.” – Andrew Fairmaner (Buyer, The British Museum Shop)
“I have three cats at home. I called one Clawdius, another Catligula and my favourite cat is Spartapuss.” – Alex (aged 10)
“This is too good to be left just as a children’s book! Extremely funny and brilliantly written. Robin Price has taken the events of Roman history focusing around the time of Emperor Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius and turned it into something fascinating.” – Angela Longman, Monsters and Critics.com
“Die Clawdius is very funny. I like all the names which are real names made cat like. It is a very adventurous story, even though my dad doesn’t like cats he likes this book.” – Amazon Reader (A Child’s Review)
“An exciting series... Overall, three really good books. I would recommend them to 10 year olds and upwards who enjoy thrillers that you can’t put down ‘til you’ve read the whole thing!” – Flora Murray, Dalry Secondary School S1, The Journal of Classics Teaching, Spring 2008
“A fantastic fresh new voice in children’s literature. A far cry from the run of the mill fantasy books which have swamped the market in recent times. Genuinely original, genuinely well-written and genuinely funny. Keep them coming!” – Anonymous Amazon Reader
From the Publisher
The acclaimed Spartapuss series is a must read for kids aged 8+ and cat lovers of all ages.
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The descriptions of life in classical Rome are good Readers who know the original stories will enjoy the fun, and those who dont know the history may be enticed to look more closely at the Roman stories (The School Librarian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is actually a point why he becomes an arena raker - it's not a waste of time. Once I knew what the point was, I accurately guessed what his endless raking ended up doing for him. There is a lot of historical accuracy and I believe this series makes history more accessible to readers, and encourage them to learn more about ancient Rome. I want to hear more about all of Spartapuss's friends and enemies, they may be cats but I can relate to their lives. Apart from having curses written by an curse maker who has terrible spelling.
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