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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Review: Rome Antics by David Macaulay

Rome Antics by David Macaulay
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Rome Antics
by David Macaulay

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-10: 0-618-38007-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-618-38007-7
Publication Date: January, 2011
List Price: $9.99

Review: When in Rome, fly the scenic route. Rome Antics by David Macaulay is about a carrier pigeon who decides to stop and enjoy the view in Rome. Little does he know that things have changed in Rome, Italy. Rome Antics is a historical fiction picture book that is fun and educational for all ages!!! The main and only character in Rome Antics is a pigeon.

Set in present day, a carrier pigeon is delivering a message while he decides to go the long way and see the beautiful city of Rome. This pigeon sees many sights like the Coliseum and the Pantheon. But the poor pigeon doesn't know Rome, Italy has changed from old times. He runs into many hardships like dogs and cats trying to eat him. Also, children playing soccer hit him with soccer balls. Many clothes lines also get in his way of seeing where the pigeon is going, and cars are a big trouble. This pigeon is wishing he never took this route until he sees the beautiful country land and delivers the message.

Rome Antics is a great historical picture book. I loved the beautiful drawings of the architecture of Rome. It was like I was flying above Rome with the pigeon. I also like the end of the book. I would give this book 5 stars for wonderful pictures and funny quotes. This book is great for all ages. I loved how after the story there is a map and a few pages of the history of the places the carrier pigeon went. This story was educational and fun!!!

Review written by Kyle (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Rome Antics for this review.

Have you read Rome Antics? How would you rate it?

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