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While making his daily deliveries a baker’s son suddenly finds himself holding a stallion’s golden 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 Emperor Gaius Caligula referred to in the novel as Little Boots because he often wore miniature soldiers boots as a child Something big is happening but all Marcus can do is head for home on the back of the noble horse who outruns soldiers and jumps over carts to make it back to Marcus family compound With the horse temporarily hidden away in the family bakery the family learns that there s a rumor the emperor is dead And what to do with the horse Marcus grandmother insists he s signed a death sentence for the whole family by bringing Incitatus to their property But in the meantime he s a consul and must be treated as an honored guest Marcus as Incitatus new companion soon is witness to the coronation of the next emperor Gaius stuttering uncle Claudius and saves Incitatus from sacrifice to the gods A happy ending is in store as the horse stripped of his consular ranking takes on a new role delivering bread to the people of RomeAn author s note at the end of the book explains that while Caligula and Incitatus actually existed Caligula never really made Incitatus a consul although he threatened to do so This book s fast paced story with its mix of adventure humor and some history as well should appeal to those children who are just stepping up from beginning readers to chapter books The book is abundantly illustrated with whimsical cartoon like black and white drawings by Jonny Duddle which add both humor and immediacy to the narrative It s also a good choice for horse lovers who are looking for something different than the usual girl focused horse stories

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Lead Soon the boy discovers that this isn’t just any horse it’s the most powerful creature in all 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 the right thing to do is to take the horse to the new emperor Claudius and hope for the bestStrengths So many This is a short book with large type but the details about every day life in Rome are vividly portrayed This book makes the weirdness of Caligula s reign seem understandable which makes it perfect for our seventh grade curriculum Jonny Duddle s illustrations are reminiscent of Robert Lawson think Ferdinand and really add a lot to the story Considering that this is a 57 Accelerated Reader level and just 2 points long I may be buying two copies of thisWeaknesses Why were Duddle s illustrations not used on the cover They had a You Wouldn t Want to Be book uality that would have appealed to reluctant readers مريض الوهم isn’t just any horse The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death it’s the most powerful creature ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, in all Marcus was out making his bread deliveries when he Doctor y campeón is handed a horse by a slave and not just any horse but the purple bedecked consul Incitatus Rumor has La corruptrice it that the emperor Little Boots Caligula Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves 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 The Purpose-Guided Universe is portrayed The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion in a number of scenes The family decides that the right thing to do The Academy is to take the horse to the new emperor Claudius and hope for the bestStrengths So many This Full Dark, No Stars is a short book with large type but the details about every day life If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, in Rome are vividly portrayed This book makes the weirdness of Caligula s reign seem understandable which makes 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida it perfect for our seventh grade curriculum Jonny Duddle s La ética de la crueldad illustrations are reminiscent of Robert Lawson think Ferdinand and really add a lot to the story Considering that this 3052 is a 57 Accelerated Reader level and just 2 points long I may be buying two copies of thisWeaknesses Why were Duddle s Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories illustrations not used on the cover They had a You Wouldn t Want to Be book uality that would have appealed to reluctant readers

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Of RomeWhat will the mad emperor do if he finds the boy with his prized horseCut off his head Or wors A swift funny and yes educational read for 8 to 12 year olds who love horses On a cold winter day in 1st century Rome the narrator a baker s young son finds himself holding the reins of a beautiful white horse Then he s being chased by soldiers and then to his horror and his family s he discovers the horse belongs to the cruel emperor Caligula and he and his family are liable to be punished as horse thieves What can Marcus do to rescue himself and his family The plot moves along as briskly as Incitatus the horse and Thompson s dry wit is delightful As with her earlier books in the series an experienced reader may wonder whether Marcus is a reliable narrator but that is part of the charm A fun book It may not aspire to great heights but what it sets out to do it does perfectly


10 thoughts on “Most Wanted

  1. says:

    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 re

  2. says:

    Easy to read I could read it uite fast Drawings on the book helped me understand the story Though all the name of Rome weren't familiar for me it was uite fun to read Once I picked the book I find my self keep reading it

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 story

  5. says:

    Marcus was out making his bread deliveries when he is handed a horse by a slave and not just any horse but the pur

  6. says:

    Not sure what or where the author was going with thison the plus side it was a short simple read perfect for the struggling reader b

  7. says:

    A swift funny and yes educational read for 8 to 12 year olds who love horses On a cold winter day in 1st century Rome the narrator a baker's young son finds himself holding the reins of a beautiful white horse Then he's being chase

  8. says:

    A companion to Thompson's Highway Robbery Most Wanted begins in a nearly identical fashion a young lad simply minding his own busines

  9. says:

    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 exciting the author changed the tale slightly so that Caligula actually has appointed his horse

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