Julius Zebra #3 by Gary Northfield – Book Review

Julius Zebra #3 by Gary Northfield – Book Review

Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield

Julius Zebra
Entangled with the Egyptians!

Author – Gary Northfield
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 320
Released – 5th October 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-1406371802
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book

 

After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can’t believe his luck! Soon he and his bedraggled friends will be living it up in the city of Alexandria; preened and pampered like gods. Then a fancy boat procession will take them down the River Nile to Giza where, of course, a lavish party will be thrown in Julius’s honour – as well as getting the obligatory tour of the Pyramids.

BUT it is this very tour that seems to signal the end to their glorious fortunes in Egypt. On a visit to the Tomb of Cleopatra, Felix is unable to resist a rather lovely looking treasure for his rock collection… He pockets the jewel and immediately a curse falls upon the group.

And so the ridiculous adventure begins where Julius fights for his life as the Egyptians come to unravel the truth and realize that he is not quite what they thought he was…

Review 2017

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!, is the third book in the Julius Zebra series, following on from Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! #1 and Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons #2.

If you are not familiar with the series, the books are about a Zebra called Julius and his group of animal friends, including a Warthog, Crocodile, Antelope, lion, Mouse, etc. All of them have no social skill, and tend to find themselves in strange and often dangerous situations, set in historical times.

Just like with the first two books, this book is hilarious. It will have older children laughing out loud. The plot is often quite silly, but amongst the amusement there is a story that is not only fascinating and totally addictive, it also contains lots of factual information. The good thing about the way the factual information has been spread throughout the plot is that children won’t even realise that they are subconsciously taking the information in.

“You Royal Majesty may sit here under this silk canopy, if it pleases you.” “Ooh, very snug!” said Julius, plumping himself among the big cushions. “And your friends,” continued the captain, “can sit under the poop.” (Illustration – Brutus, Julius’s brother states he isn’t sitting under no poop) Cornelius pulled Brutus under the small golden canopy at the back. “It’s not THAT sort of poop, you fool!” he chided. “It’s just another word for the roof of a cabin!”

As well as the facts within the story, at the back there is a glossary and an educational section, such as, the hieroglyphics alphabet with which Gary has asked the children to write their name using the drawings.

To complement the story the book is filled with black and white illustrations too. Some are full page, others are dotted around the text, most have speech bubbles and are part of the story.

If you are looking for something that will keep a child engaged and interested in a book, then I highly recommend this whole series. Or, if like me you love slapstick humour and would love to read something that is going to make you giggle, then I also recommend you pick this book up too.

Reviewed by Stacey


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About the Author

Gary Northfield

Hailing from Essex, I graduated from Harrow College (University of Westminster) with a degree in Illustration in 1992. After discovering the hidden world of small press comics, I took the plunge with my own comics creating various titles such as “Great!”, “Little Box of Comics” and “Stupidmonsters”.

In 2002 I jumped head-first into the deep end of children’s publishing with the position of in-house illustrator at Eaglemoss Publications, where I worked for five years on amazing projects such as Horrible Histories, Horrible Science and The Magical World Of Roald Dahl.

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1 Response

  1. Cosmic531 says:

    I needed to thank you for this wonderful read!! I absolutely enjoyed every little
    bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you

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