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Author: Katie Daynes

Illustrator: David Hancock

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited,

Material: board book

Summary: The author and illustrator provide an informative and fun-filled “insider’s look” at Ancient Rome. This is a lift-the-flap book for independent readers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Age of Child: Shared with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: She found the pages too busy and didn't stay with it very long.

Adult Reader Reaction: The content is interesting and accurate. The illustrations are superb and continually pique the reader’s curiosity. This is an enjoyable and informative book and will provide hours of fun for the reader. It is delightfully laced with tongue-in-cheek humor, and kids (age 10 -90) will love it.

Pros: What a unique and enjoyable way to learn history. The book is packed with information but so are most textbooks, but textbooks rarely engage more than the reader’s eyes and brain. By choosing to use a flap book design along with excellent illustrations, the author and illustrator engage the reader’s eyes, hands, imagination, curiosity and funny-bone.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This is certainly a buy for the history bookshelf in the classroom or school library. If one is looking for an educational and enjoyable present for a pre-teen history buff, this book will more than fill the bill.


Educational Themes: The information is historically accurate. The illustrations are excellent and engaging. The book can be read by several students at a time because it is written as a flap book. There are dozens of talking points on every page and students will find them interesting and lots of material for special projects and research.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, history, geography

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007

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