Terry Deary takes a humorous look at Ancient Rome, and it is enjoyable, but I don't think it deserves the kudos that most people are giving it. The book really doesn't give children an accurate view of the Roman Empire. Too much space is devoted (in a very small book) to Britannia, and not enough to Rome itself. There's far too great a tendency to point out the ridiculous, and not enough nearly zero) to chronological facts. Hence, while intersting reading, I don't think young people will really learn much about Roman History from this book.