Hunter, Nick: Julius Caesar (Hero Journals)

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Hunter, Nick: Julius Caesar (Hero Journals)


Hunter, Nick

Julius Caesar (Hero Journals)

Raintree, 2013, pp48, 13.99 pounds sterling]

978 1 406 26567 5

Phipps, Liza and Thompson, Avril

Romans (History Showtime)

Watts, 2013, pp32, 12.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 4451 1484 2

To add desirable books to the mountain of volumes about the Romans already published for children, a certain degree of novelty is called for. Both these books have certainly approached the subject in an original way. The series title of the first book provides a strong hint to the format. The first sentences in the book read thus, 'Hi, I'm Julius, but most people call me Caesar. I don't mean to be big-headed, but it's hard to be humble when you're one of the greatest generals who ever lived.' A difficulty that I experienced when reading the 'journal' sections of this book is the inescapable sensation that Julius Caesar is penning his reminiscences from a historical perspective many years beyond his own demise. The 'journal' part of the text appears in a font with a handwritten appearance. Supplementary information is partly provided in customary boxes, in different fonts, colours and styles. …

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