Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Asterix and the Chariot Race

Asterix and the Chariot Race - Jean-Yves Ferri & Didier Conrad

"The roads across Italy are in disrepair. Defending his name, and to prove Rome's greatness, Senator Lactus Bifidus announces a special one-off chariot race... competitors arrive from far and wide, including Asterix and Obelix. With Bifidus secretly scheming, who will win this almighty chariot race?"

Earlier in the year our kids inherited their Granddad's Asterix collection, and it has been a perfect marriage.  No other book or series has so captivated them.  Garland in particular will study the illustrations for hours and has committed many of the stories to memory (he now has a pretty thorough knowledge of Gauls and Romans and menhirs).  Naturally, I leapt at the opportunity to check out a newly released title.  Um, anyone else not actually realise new titles were still being produced?  Consider yourself informed! 

With a new author/illustrator team, I half expected to find jarring differences, but to my (relatively untrained) eye there are none.  Asterix and the Chariot Race is a perfect fit to the rest of the series, both in presentation, illustration and story substance.  I guess Garland will be the true judge, I'll give you an update on Boxing day 😉.  The print quality of this title is possibly the only notable change - with a hardback cover and glossy new pages, our current collection may feel outshone.

We have some way to go before we complete our collection but #2018goal.  Have your kids discovered Asterix and Obelix yet?  There's your #2018goal right there...

Review copy kindly provided by Hachette Books

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