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You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator! (You Wouldn't Want To) (original 2001; edition 2001)

by John Malam

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Title:You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator! (You Wouldn't Want To)
Authors:John Malam
Info:Children's Press(CT) (2001), Paperback, 32 pages
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You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You'd Rather Not Know by John Malam (2001)

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in you wouldn't want to be a roman gladiator, it tells you all about gladiators. it talks about how they fought to the DEATH in arenas. in roman times, this was ENTERTAINMENT! the only ways to survive were to win the fight, or if the crowd said that you had fought well and deserved to live. otherwise you were.... ummm....well you know... XP. it also talks about what kind of foods they ate. they ate grains and many veggies and fruits such as grapes or bean(they didn't have potatoes though!). the Roman gladiators of higher class had servants to clean their throats for them and bring/take food. the servants were not paid, either.
i thought this was a great book. it was right up my alley of roman gladiators. i thought that this book was very informative,and it helped me to learn more about culture back then. the book had great pictures that were funny and it made it so it wasn't boring. i think that John Malam did a great job not only with this book, but with all the others in this series. i would give this book 4-1/2 stars, partially because i prefer fantasy over non-fiction. i probably wouldn't recommend this to my friends, but i would recommend it to any one that has a project they need to do, or if they just wanted some fun facts to know. ( )
  MasonB.G1 | Jun 1, 2017 |
This is a great book for many people it give's a lot of good reasoning on why you wouldn't want to be a gladiator it is very detailed
  EliRauch | Oct 24, 2016 |
Summary: This book brings humor to learning history. It tells about the dark side of the ancient times. Explaining to the reader about being a slave, becoming a gladiator, and finally if you make it becoming an explorer.

Personal Reaction: I love these books! They come in a series of books that teach history in a fun and humorous way. They are written like a comic book, so the illustrations keep the students attention.

Extension Ideas: Use the book to make a play with students, have them act out parts of the book as they understand it is happening. Write a short story like they are the Slave, Gladiator, or Explorer. Giving themselves a name as these characters and how they got to where they are.
  SusanSherwood | Apr 21, 2014 |
This title is full of juicy details to entice readers. At gladiator school, students exercise with weights and practice sword fighting while living on a diet of barley,
porridge, boiled beans and ashes. Uncooperative students are sent to the prison-a dark rat-infested hole where they are chained to the wall.
Helpful hints are given for battling other gladiators, wild animals an dGreek Warriors.
Like the other books in this series, this title has a lighthearted tone while sharing lots of fascinating facts. ( )
  librarianlou | Dec 20, 2006 |
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John Malamprimary authorall editionscalculated
Antram, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker Smith, KarenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frick, ElfriedeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salariya, DavidCreatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Roman Army has invaded Gallia. - Chapter 1
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