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Meet the… Ancient Romans / Meet the… Ancient Egyptians by James Davies

Meet the… Ancient Romans and Meet the… Ancient Egyptians are sturdy, non fiction picture books that introduce children (and adults!) to life in ancient times. Each book opens with an introduction to the era, includes a wealth of fascinating historical facts and ends with a timeline. The Meet the… books are full of fascinating, often humorous facts which are also compared to children’s experiences today.

We’re impressed by how much research has gone into these books. We love the simplicity of the texts, particularly the speech bubbles and the cartoons, and the way that information is given in bite sized chunks. All aspects of the peoples’ lives are covered, including lots of gruesome facts which appeal to young readers, and the way that connections are made to modern life are brilliant, there are references to the fact that in ancient times there were no supermarkets, Internet or jeans!

Meet the Ancient Romans: A map of Italy shows us exactly where Rome is situated then the story of the birth of Rome is told in a cartoon. Prominent Roman Emperors are introduced and we are also given insights into life in the Roman Army as well as life for Roman families, rich and poor. Other topics covered include food and farming, clothes, housing, entertainment, how the empire ended and Rome as it is today.

Particular highlights in Meet the… Ancient Romans are the use of curse tablets, what rich Romans used instead of toilet paper and the way that the Romans lay on their beds to eat. We learnt about mosaics, how doctors treated illness, what women used as make up and even what kind of material their underpants were made of!

The illustrations are predominantly black, white and grey on a red background. We love the way that Emperor Constantine sleeps with his teddy and our favourite illustration shows the horse who can’t ‘giddy up’ at the chariot races!

Meet the Ancient Romans - Story Snug

Meet the Ancient Egyptians: A map of Ancient Egypt shows us where it is located in the world and we are given a brief history of how the civilisation started. Fabulous Pharaohs and Great Royal Wives are introduced and there  are lots of fascinating facts about mummies, pyramids, The Great Sphinx, The Fall of the Roman Empire and modern day Egypt.

Particular highlights in Meet the… Ancient Egyptians are how food was stored in a hole in the ground (not to be confused with the toilet!), their favourite drink (which surprised us!) and fake beards! We learnt about mummifying a body, the journey to the afterlife, clothes, hair and make up and the names of the most famous Pharaohs, Gods and Goddesses.

We love the predominantly black, brown and white illustrations on a yellow background. My daughter loves the illustrations showing how to mummify a body (including a warning to not try this at home – especially step two which relates to removing all the organs!) and I love the headlines on the newspapers about Tutankhamun’s mummy.

Meet the Ancient Egyptians - Story Snug

These gorgeous little picture books would make a fantastic addition to a school library or home bookshelf, they’re perfect for even the most reluctant readers. With their bitesize chunks of information and humorous illustrations they include so much learning and can stimulate interesting discussions. They’re the perfect introduction to historical periods for readers both young and old, we all learnt new facts in our house 🙂

Age Range: 6 +

Author / Illustrator: James Davies

Thank you to Big Picture Press for sending Meet the… Ancient Romans and Meet the… Ancient Egyptians. We hope that there will be more of these fascinating books.

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14 responses to “Meet the… Ancient Romans / Meet the… Ancient Egyptians by James Davies”

  1. Acorn Books avatar

    We’ve just reviewed these books too, they are fabulous, love the dry humour and the weird and wonderful facts. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      The humour and the style are both great for ensuring that facts are memorable. We can’t wait to read more of these books 🙂

  2. Kate Holmes avatar

    Love anything like this and also wonder why it is that some eras in history just seem to capture children’s imaginations throughout the decades. #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that children love reading about the past and in my experience the more gruesome the better!

  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    These look great non-fiction books. My son chose a space encyclopaedia in preference over the fiction books at the shop yesterday and he was absorbed in it, he didn’t want to come for his tea at teatime #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think it’s great when children find a book that interests them, whether non fiction or fiction. I love taking my daughter to the bookshop to see what she will choose 🙂

  4. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    I love books like this! I must say my own knowledge of history isn’t great and I learned a lot when my kids were reading books like this. I never knew the Ancient Egyptians stored their food in the ground though!

    1. Catherine avatar

      I had a really boring history teacher at school so my historical knowledge isn’t great. I find the information in books like this absolutely fascinating 🙂

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    My youngest would have loved these books when she was little…She still has such an interest in the Romans & Egyptians. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      There’s a lot of information that older children and adults will find new too, the books have been really well researched.

  6. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    These look fantastic for engaging children in a bit of history! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re brilliant and I learnt lots too 🙂

  7. Debbie avatar

    Hi Catherine, what lovely books. I think I too would learn a fair bit from reading them! Not sure I fancy using a curse tablet as toilet roll. Love the fact that these books share knowledge in a humorous way, that’s always the best way to teach.


    1. Catherine avatar

      The curse tablets and the toilet rolls are not related but were both new to us. The humour used throughout the book is a wonderful way of making facts memorable 🙂