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You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator! (You Wouldn't Want to...)

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Think again! This delightful series brings something unusual to the study of history: humor. You Wouldn't Want to... revels in the darker side of life in ancient times. The reader is on center stage as he or she gets a tour through life as a slave, warrior, explorer -- even a mummy! Hilarious illustrations, captions, and sidebars leave no doubt that you simply wouldn't wan...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Children's Press(CT) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Amy
Apr 16, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: Chandra
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator is not for kids younger than 2nd or 3rd grade, I think, but it's a very informative and engrossing way to teach history to kids in the appropriate age bracket. The book does not shy away from telling readers exactly what gladiators did, and what they experienced with their own bodies, and the book is clear that gladiator fights were battles to the death. That point, by the way, is bluntly and, for a children's book, perhaps shockingly, reinforced in the...more
Tina
I have read a bunch of these books with/along with the kids. Very informative and entertaining but not for the squeamish. I'm amazed the number of books that they have. I like how they pick subjects that have been glamorized by books/tv/movies and give a more realistic account of daily life way back when. Makes me grateful I live today with all the modern conveniences.

We have read about building the pyramids, being a servant, French Aristocrat during the revolution, passenger on the Titanic, pio...more
Dale
An entertaining, historically solid book - for 4th graders and over

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator
is entertaining and it contains solid, accurate history presented in a visually interesting format.

While I've been looking a few of the books from this series for my own personal entertainment, my almost 4th grade daughter has been sneaking them out of the stack and reading them without any encouragement from me. Imagine! Kids surreptitiously reading history!

The book details the life o...more
Dolly
Mar 17, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read several books in the You Wouldn't Want To... series. I like that they tackle serious historical events and show the not-so-nice side of human behavior, but in a somewhat humorous and tongue-in-cheek way. The book puts you as the reader into the center of the story, so you can imagine what life in those times was like.

Life for a Gladiator in ancient Rome was a difficult and often dangerous existence. Torn from family and trained to fight to kill, a gladiator had few rights and often a...more
Lynn
A 'Mad Magazine' approach to a topic that could be gruesome indeed -- Roman Gladiators. From where gladiators came from, to how they were trained and the different types of gladiators, this is a very comprehensive, tongue-in-cheek overview of Ancient Rome's gladiator culture.
While the presentation is cartoonish and somewhat slapstick, the information contained in this book is solid, and this adult reader found herself completely engaged from start to finish. Ancient Rome is studied in several gr...more
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Read by: Mary
Title: You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!
Author: John Malam
Illustrator: David Antram
Genre: Informational
Interest Level: 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 4.7
Lexile Measure®: 810L
Guided Reading: R

This book starts with talking to the reader in a first person point of view, it makes the reader a Gaul, the people of Gallia, whom Rome conquered. It puts you in the shoes of the conquered, walking the reader through being a slave and then having to be a gladiator and what the slave ha...more
Sanah
This gruesome book on Roman gladiators is very informative and entertaining. Written in a humorous way, this book gives readers an insight into the lives of Roman gladiators, in a light hearted manner.

Containing colourful images to accompany the text, readers are encapsulated by the horrors of what gladiators did, what they experienced and how gladiators fought till their death.

This book contains a wealth of information on the gladiators, presented in a simple, clear layout.

I used this book du...more
Rachel
Cute informational book about how slaves become Roman Gladiators. Includes latin phrases and I'm thinking is a little bit fact mixed with fiction. Seeing as I took Latin in high school, I enjoyed this book.
Duane
A very good book that gives the reader plenty of information about how slaves became gladiators in Roman times. Filled with great illustrations, this book is a fun read for any age.
Elliot
You sure wouldn't!

(P.S. That thing about "Nos morituri te salutamus!" probably isn't true, and the person who gave oil massages was an unctor, not an unctore.)
Tessa
We love all these You Wouldn't Want To books! Kudos to Malam for making history downright awesomely interesting and funny! Read each of them, you won't be sorry.
Wendy
I'm reading these (You Wouldn't Want to Be....)books with my kids..they are adorable.
Iverson
asome this is so very very very very asome
Timothy
I like the humor in history it gives
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