Julius Zebra: Battle with the Britons! (Julius Zebra #2)
Before Julius Zebra can have his freedom, Emperor Hadrian sends him on one last mission. As the newly named People’s Champion, Julius must travel with his friends to a distant land to remind its people of the might of the Roman Empire. It’ll be just like a vacation! But when the motley menagerie of gladiators arrives in cold, wet Britannia, they don’t quite receive the welcome they were expecting. In fact, the Britons seem to hate the Romans. And the longer Julius and his friends stay in Britannia, the more they realize that they have a lot more in common with the Britons than they thought. After all, they’re all under Hadrian’s rule. But what can a ragtag group of fighting animals do about it?
I'm never quite sure how accurate the history is, in the same way that I'm always a bit confused by Lucy and Andy Neanderthal. What's funny and what is something that actually happened? Oldfield apparently worked on some of the Horrible Histories, so I'll assume that the details are correct. Will the target audience care? The details are close enough to the truth that it's not going to make them make errors in their social studies papers or tests, and they just might have some fun information to share in class!
The British are far better at making history an appealing topic for readers, and Julius Zebra is a great addition to books like Stickman Odyssey, I Survived the Eruption of Pompeii, and Messner's Ranger in Time: Danger in Ancient Rome.