The Junior School Rumble with the Romans author visit

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The Junior School were delighted to welcome the author and cartoonist Gary Northfield on Friday. Gary is most famous for his cartoon character  Derek the Sheep which appeared in the Beano. He’s also written for National Geographic Kids Magazine, The Dandy and Horrible Histories magazineJulius Zebra. He loves animals and their lives and often wonders (and draws) what they think about the world in which they live. His stories of grumpy spiders, talking leaves and Terence the snail had year 3 and 4 boys literally rolling on the floor with laughter!

Gary’s latest book Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans was inspired by his love of history and zebras and has been described as “Bonkers, fast-paced and funny… a Roman rollercoaster of a ride” by Philip Ardagh. Filled with historically accurate details and with all page numbers as Roman numerals – the zebra-striped book was bought by lots of boys for signing by the author.

Boys left the event clutching their books, their own cartoon, drawn as instructed by Gary, and happy hearts after a fun-filled morning.


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