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Romans Magnified

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Fascinating and useful resource on the Romans. Really nice book!!

Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me access an advance copy in exchange for my honest feedback.
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I love wide eyed editions books and this one is no exception. It's interactive, informative, and so so fun! Not sure if it's the best fit for libraries because of the moving pieces but I think it'd be an amazing gift.
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This is a great introduction to the Romans for young readers. Each page features an important aspect of Roman life with information about how the Romans lived. Readers are encouraged to explore the detailed images through the Where's Wally style lists of things to spot which also feature an explanation of why those things were an important part of Roman life. At the end of the book are cartoon illustrations of important figures in Roman history and a short description of what they did and why they are remembered. There is also a timeline showing the period covered and a clear glossary of terms covered in the book. I will certainly be looking out the Egyptians Magnified to use in school as part of our curriculum next year.
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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Romans Magnified is a fun and informative illustrated book for children all about the Romans. Each double page spread has so much to see and learn about and is broken down into small, bite-sized chunks making it easy for a child to remember and absorb. I enjoyed how each two page spread covered a different subject such as how they lived, the army, arts, marriage, learning from the past etc. At the back of the book there is a timeline with famous Romans on it and even a search and find where's wally part to do too. The physical copy comes with a magnifying glass and since I reviewed the netgalley shelf version, I didn't get to use this, which lowered my rating because I had to keep zooming in on the pages which then went out of focus.
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This is a really fun and informative book that works as a great introduction to everday aspects of Ancient Rome.

Each two page spread has a fun, detailed picture that contains several images to find within the larger illustration. 

There's a lot of humour scattered amongst the details in the illustrations as well.

By combining informative text and fun "spot it" activities, this book makes for a fun, interactive learning experience. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for giving me a free digital copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
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An effective way to get the young poring over facts about the Roman Empire and way of life, this joins a series that seldom gets a new entrant – but they're worth the wait.  A full-image double-page spread is the visual side of things, crammed with the detail the magnifying glass provided (unreviewable in the digital form I saw this, of course) is supposed to be justified by.  We get three or four paragraphs of main text, and a spread of bonus factoids alongside each of the ten things we're officially supposed to be looking for.  Some of these are flagged up, such as the boat in the English Channel when the map of the empire is an early topic, others could almost be a Where's Wally detail.

The spread of subjects is great, covering both the specific location such as Bath or Pompeii and the generic, such as a standard theatre, slave market and so on.  Naval scenes, the usual slaughter of the Colosseum and more pack the pages out – and we close with a huge list of other things we might like to go back and confirm we've spotted, proving the details on the pages themselves are packed out as well.  A strong four stars, if not more, for this educative book the young should want to spend a surprising amount of time with.
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This is a great introduction to ancient rome for children. I like that it breaks the information down into small sections. It makes it easier for a child to absorb the information. It also reminds me of Where's Waldo. The search and find items also offer new vocabulary. The illustrations are fun. They have a lot going on, similar to the busy world of Richard Scarry. It also offers some simple latin vocabulary. 

My only issue is with the use of BC/AD. I feel this is outdated as it's rooted in religion. As a secular classical homeschooling parent, I find it very difficult to find books using BCE/CE.
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A fun and educational look at the ancient Romans, packed with colorful and informative illustrations.
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Seek and find books are always a favorite in my house. I love that this one teaches history as well. It's more than "find this thing." It's "find this thing and here's information about what that thing is and its role in Roman history." Definitely a plus in my book. Any book that can take just looking at pictures to adding words to the page is perfect. The images to find are a challenge, but not so much that kids should get frustrated. Thank you #netgalley for giving me this book.
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Younger history lovers will absolutely love this book! It is packed full of information and is really interactive. I really enjoyed looking for the little fact file circle illustrations on the main page illustrations.
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Budding history lovers will enjoy immersing themselves in this book that is full of information on ancient Rome. It begins by explaining what an empire is and from there talks about the military in all its branches and many aspects of daily life. There are also sections on learning from the past and a gallery of famous Romans. At te ehd, there are several activities, a timeline and a glossary. So, a lot packed into a short book . Note: each two page spread has objects to look for.

I liked this title. It was informative and filled with detailed illustrations. It would make a great book for a car ride.
Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group-Wide Eyed Editions and NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub Date 05 Jul 2022
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I read this with my two children, and we found that we really enjoyed this book. 

The information was easy to read and in nice bite sized chucks. The illustrations are fun, engaging and informative and with the addition of a "Where's Wally?" type search for different items linked to the double spreads information. All the items you need to search for also have a little description to tell you what they were. 

The book covers all aspects of Roman life from the senate, army to arts and naval life. There was also a lovely little who's who of famous Romans at the end with a beautifully laid out time line. 

Overall we decided that we would like to purchase a physical copy for our book shelf as we loved it very much. 

Thank you Netgallery and Quarto Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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What a fun book! I love the interactive aspect and the fact it will continue to grow with my daughter. She’s a bit young for the content, but loved the hide and seek aspect and finding all the fun little artifacts. Highly recommend for a wide range of ages.
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Romans Magnified is filled with great information about Roman life, from culture to historical. The fun part about this book is that while it's informative in an engaging way, it is almost like a Where's Waldo book with it's illustrations. They are very detailed and have a lot of "hidden" people and objects to find. I really enjoyed this and think kids will too!

Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
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This book is a great one for any budding history fans out there!  

A good mix of interesting information, bright illustrations and the hide and seek element make it an interactive and fun learning experience.  The book will be a great hit and kids won't realise that they are learning while doing it - bonus!  I haven't seen any of the previous books by the author, but will definitely check them out in the future!
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Surely a book meant for children and adults alike. Because I love it! What a wonderful way to learn about the history and culture of the ancient romans.

This is the first time I have come across a book with a magnifying glass for you to zoom into all the minute details. Because my ARC is an e-book, I could also expand every part of a page. I can imagine all the fun to be had by finding the 10 things to look for that is prompted on every page.  

Every spread is filled with a whole scene of the particular topic talked about, with just enough info in words.  Be aware that facts like slavery and cruel arena sports are not glossed over.

For me, a 5-star book!
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Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to receive an arc in exchange for my honest review- all thoughts and opinions are my own! 


Beautiful illustrations, and nice compacted info of Roman history- my 9 year old poured over it and I’ll find it useful for fun and for unit lessons for history as a homeschooling mom! Can’t wait to buy a physical purchase.
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I loved it! 

It's beautiful and perfect for everyone who has a thrirst for anything Romans. I will surely share this one to my nephew and others. 

Had to zoom-in and out to see all the tidbits of information and illustration. Just imagine looking at it with a magnifying glass on hand!  Truly a pleasure to look and read and a source of joy.
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A cute combination of facts and find-and-seek. This has various scenes about Roman history and each scene has little icons for kids to find. The answers are at the back. Each little icon also has its own fact that accompanies it.
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Romans Magnified is a really fun, more academic Where's Waldo? I loved the different scenes and the accompanying facts about the Roman Empire. There were a variety of characters to find in each scene; this would keep a child entertained for a while.
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