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What teachers and librarians have to say about the Spartapuss author event:

Jack - one of the youngest fans of Spartapuss, gets dressed up for World Book Day. NB: dressing as a cat is not compulsory at Robin's events.

"Hello Robin, Thank you very much for your work with us this week. The staff and pupils had a fantastic time. I was amazed at how engaged our naughty pupils were – you really caught their imagination and made the sessions enjoyable for them. I’ll continue to recommend you and will see you again next year." Michelle - Literacy Co-Ordinator


"Hi Robin, thank you for coming to visit our school. The children really enjoyed the workshops and listening to you about your books. There has been lots of positive feedback from staff and my class have suddenly become mad about the Romans!!!" Vanessa, (Teacher, Harlsden Primary)


"Robin, thank you so much for visiting schools here in Bristol on Tuesday. The children and teachers all thought it was brilliant and I know they will have got a lot out of it." Margaret Pemberton, Schools Library Service


"Robin's "Spartapuss" assembly was a fantastic combination of Roman facts, story telling and knockabout comedy, that, whilst entertaining the whole school, also cunningly prepared the ground for their own story writing..."

"Robin's sessions not only gave children a structure for planning a story, but really excited and inspired them so that they couldn't wait to get writing!"Richard Smith, Deputy Head, Trafalgar School


"Dear Robin, It was great to have you. The session was excellent, and the quiz went down a bomb. Thank you so much for taking time to talk to the chatterbox." Ferelith Hordon, Senior Librarian


"Hi there Robin, Thank you so much for all your hard work in school today - the children really enjoyed working with you." Jackie - Ashley C of E Primary School


"Just a note to thank you so much for visiting Swanley last week. We really enjoyed your visit and we've had such positive verbal feedback from both children and parents. You've certainly made the Romans come alive. Keep in touch and I hope we can continue to work together in the future. Thanks again" Sally, Community Development Librarian West Kent


"Dear Robin, we very much enjoyed your last visit to Bedfordshire Libraries and wondered if you would visit again sometime before Christmas." Simon, Bedfordshire Libraries


"Thanks so much for delivering two outstanding sessions at St Simon's and Linden Grove Primary Schools today. I enjoyed them just as much as the children - and they were having a fantastic time! I shall spread the word about your brilliant books and school visits and hope that you'll be able to enthuse and inspire more youngsters in and around Ashford very soon." Sally, Kent Libraries service


"Robin made Latin come alive for his young audience. Every pupil was excited by his performance and enthralled by his stories and games. The series of visits he did for our library service was reliably and efficiently carried out, with great attention paid to planning and professionalism." Public Librarian, Kent


Feedback on the books

‘Spartapuss makes history fun instead of dull... For people who don’t like history (like me), this book might change their minds’ – Shruti, aged 7


‘Die Clawdius is very funny. I like all the names which are real names made cat like. It is a very adventurous story, even though my dad doesn’t like cats he likes this book.’ – Amazon Reader (A child’s review)


'Cat-tastic!’ – (London) Evening Standard


‘The Spartapuss book by Robin Price is brilliant, funny, fantastic and cool. It’s much better than Harry Potter. There are no bad words in it like Harry Potter and it’s funnier. I can’t wait to read the second one but my Mum and Dad are making me wait till it’s my birthday, it’s not fair!!’ – Amazon reader review, William Patrick Webb (Muscat, Oman)


‘A highly original story with lots of scope for giggles, it also provides some background history and can’t fail to delight cat fans (or otherwise) everywhere!’ – Booktrusted.co.uk


‘A rip-roaring page turner of a book! I am a grown up, and could not put it down. Subtle humour to amuse both adults and children. I am just waiting for the movie rights to be sold.’ – Anonymous Amazon Reader


‘Young fans of ancient Rome will love this book and it’s a great introduction for those who are not yet familiar with it’s history. Spartapuss, a ginger tom cat, falls from favour as manager of the finest bath and spa in Rome and ends up fighting for his life in a school for gladiators. The characters are full of life and there is a surprising amount of historical accuracy to watch out for. This is the first of a series, so watch out for more!’ – Sam Beck, Waterstones.com


‘I Am Spartapuss - a book full of such energy that keeps you galloping along from page to page. The smells, sounds and visions of ancient Rome come reeling off the pages with masterful humour - a Rome of mad dogs and brazen cats. Spartapuss, an unconventional hero, is a cat with attitude; a cat we’d all like to have around. Each character is so vividly developed that they remain with you long after the final line. This book transcends the age of the reader - a delightful adventure for children and a witty humorous tale for adults. Everyone should have the opportunity to have Spartapuss in their lives.’ – Amazon Reader Nycole Prowse (Dubai)


‘Packed with more catty puns than you ever thought pawssible, this witty Roman romp is history with cattitude.’ – Junior Magazine


‘‘This is a must for any child who has studied, or is about to study, Roman history at school... a perfect story for children to read themselves or for parents to join in... Fabulous!’ – Andrea Don, Waterstones.com


‘I really recommend this book, the idea of a Roman Empire ruled by cats is brilliant. It’s not just the puns that are funny, the rest of the book made me laugh a lot. Rating: Ten out of ten.’ – Robert (aged 10), Young Archaeologists


‘I think they are unique books that have really caught the imagination of the public here...’ – Andrew Fairmaner, (Buyer, The British Museum Shop)


‘I have three cats at home. I called one Clawdius, another Catligula and my favourite cat is Spartapuss.‘ – Alex (aged 10)


‘This is too good to be left just as a children’s book! Extremely funny and brilliantly written. Robin Price has taken the events of Roman history and turned it into something fascinating.’ – A Longman, Monsters and Critics.com


“An exciting series … Overall, three really good books. I would recommend them to 10 year olds and upwards who enjoy thrillers that you can’t put down ’til you’ve read the whole thing!’ – Flora Murray, Dalry Secondary School S1, The Journal of Classics Teaching, Spring 2008


‘A fantastic fresh new voice in children’s literature. a far cry from the run of the mill fantasy books which have swamped the market in recent times. Genuinely original, genuinely well-written and genuinely funny. Keep them coming!!’ – Anonymous Amazon Reader


‘(Cleocatra’s Kushion) is silly enough that it doesn’t feel like a history lesson at all. Fun for kids and adults with an interest in ancient history too. 4 stars out of 5’ - www.thebookbag.co.uk, Autumn 2010


Letters from Spartapuss fans...

Below are some of the kind letters sent to Robin by kids who have enjoyed the Spartapuss author events: