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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  25 reviews
While making his daily deliveries, a baker’s son suddenly finds himself holding a stallion’s golden lead. Soon the boy discovers that this isn’t just any horse, it’s the most powerful creature in all of Rome.

What will the mad emperor do if he finds the boy with his prized horse?Cut off his head? Or worse?
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published May 26th 2009)
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Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a really nice short read. I liked the way that it was so easy to read which would be very appealing to reluctant readers. The relationship between the boy and the horse was lovely and I loved the ending. It gave you a real sense of roman times and how powerful the hold was by the Caesar over the people. Overall a good little book.
Margo Tanenbaum
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient, rome, animals
Award-winning British author Kate Thompson, perhaps best known for The New Policeman, transports us to ancient Rome in her newest book, a slim volume perfect for those just starting out with chapter books.

When the book opens, our hero, Marcus, a humble baker's son, suddenly finds himself holding a magnificent horse--one with a blanket of royal purple, a collar studded with precious jewels, and a lead rope of solid gold. This is no ordinary steed--this is Incitatus, named as Consul by the crazy
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Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
There’s something about Kate Thompson’s writing that I just like. Her books are slim and, as far as adult readers may be concerned, slim in character development as well, but she tells a great story. Kate Thompson is a storyteller, no doubt about it.

This story takes place just as the death of the emperor Caligula is announced, but is the announcement real or a trick? The most important thing to know about Caligula (the real man and the character) is that he was absolutely insane and
Ms. Yingling
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marcus was out making his bread deliveries when he is handed a horse by a slave-- and not just any horse, but the purple bedecked "consul", Incitatus. Rumor has it that the emperor Little Boots (Caligula) is dead, and Marcus fears for the safety of the horse. He takes the horse home to his family's home and bakery and starts to think that he may also have endangered his family. His grandfather was killed by Little Boots, whose madness is portrayed in a number of scenes. The family decides that t ...more
Ann Marie
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not sure what or where the author was going with this...on the plus side it was a short simple read - perfect for the struggling reader - but because of the actual story the reader would have to be about ten years old and that would place them in fourth or fifth grade - my opinion is it clearly is not a story for the lower grades if only because it is loosely based on Caligula and lets face it - third graders aren't really doing 'Caligula'...Marcus is bringing home an empty bread cart when out o ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids_fiction, for-fun
A companion to Thompson's Highway Robbery, Most Wanted begins in a nearly identical fashion: a young lad simply minding his own business is handed the "reins" of a horse and told "Take care of him. I'll be right back." He comes to realize it is the consul Incitatus, horse of the much feared Emperor Gaius, or "Little Boots" as the common folk called him. When soldiers begin to approach the lad, he unthinkingly mounts the horse and begins a wild ride through the streets of Rome, ultimately coming ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Based on the real incident of a Roman emperor threatening to appoint a horse to high office, this is a very short tale of the chaos that came to Rome at the fall of the emperor Caligula. For purposes of making the story more exciting, the author changed the tale slightly, so that Caligula actually has appointed his horse as a consul.
Because the focus is so narrowly on the horse and a boy who rescues him, the tale moves along very swiftly. There is very little room for character development
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set in the Roman Empire, young Marcus is a baker’s son on his way back home when a slave boy hands him an expensive looking stallion’s lead and runs off. It turns out the horse is none other than the Consul Incitatus himself. When rumours start flying that the Emperor is dead and soldiers are out looking for Incitatus, Marcus must try to protect the horse and find out what is really happening.
A quick read, this is a good early chapter book; illustrations help create the characters and add to t
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5

Marcus, a baker's son in Ancient Rome, is thrust into danger when he inadvertently takes possession of Incitatus, the beloved horse of the blood-thirsty Emperor Caligula.

Other ancient world adventures include:
The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld and
Atticus of Rome by Barry Denenberg

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Kate Thompson's chapter book Most Wanted is set in an ancient Rome ruled by the fearsome emperor "Little Boots" (loosely based on Caligula). Our hero is a young boy, a baker's son, who acts before he thinks and ends up involved with the horse Little Boots named as one of the top powers of the country.

It's a fun, fast, easy read with plenty for a horse or history lover to enjoy. (Big print.)
Addison Children's Services
I would have pegged this as a beginning chapter book; I almost started and finished it during lunch. 132 pages, double spaced, lots of pictures - then I looked up the Lexile level - 940L. According to that this is the hardest children's book I have read all month. I don't always know what to make of Lexiles. It's an okay boy historical fiction dating back to the Roman Empire. A good choice if you need a short book with a higher lexile.
Luanne Hatcher
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Marcus, a baker's son, is suddenly asked to hold a beautiful stallion's lead. Soon he discovers that it's the mad emperor's consul. As soldiers rush toward them, Marcus jumps onto the horse and rides quickly to his compound. Marcus realizes that others are in danger of punishment because of the missing horse being hidden by him.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
A young Marcus a Roman boy saves the life of Consel Incitatus whose power is second only to the Emperor Caligula. The problem is that Incitatus is a retired racehorse and the Roman's fear and hatred of Caligula has lead to revolt. The life of Consel Incitatus is in danger. The book gives a hint of what life was like under a wicked corrupt ruler with absolute power.
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
An interesting look at life in Ancient Rome. This was a quick read, and felt more like a short story than a whole novel. Unfortunately it is aimed at too young an audience for our sixth graders who study that time period.
Wilde Sky
A young boy is handed a stunning horse in ancient Rome and has to try to figure what to do with it.

The story and illustrations were very good but the writing was a bit simple.

Overall a reasonable read.
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Edward Sullivan
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good historical fiction with lots of action and adventure.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Quick and funny. I hadn't expected much out of this one, but I found it quite enjoyable.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice piece of historical fiction. Most kids will need some context setting and other explaining; the writer took some liberties with the history, which makes that a bit harder. Still, pretty good.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought the vocabulary and concept were a bit odd/sophisticated for the intended audience, but kids who are crazy for horse stories might enjoy this. Charming illustrations.
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction set in Ancient Rome. A much needed "guys" book for grades 3-5.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun! A quick trip to the days of the Roman Empire's decline.
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Kate Thompson is an award-winning writer for children and adults.She has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981. She is the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E. P. Thompson and Dorothy Towers. She worked with horses and travelled in India before settling in the west o
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