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Welcome to the last days of Pompeii as you've NEVER imagined them before! Join fart-trader Caecilius, his wife, Vesuvius, and their ten-year-old son, Filius, in a bizarre world of accidental gladiators, pizza-emitting volcanoes and the legendary Ma-wol-n-f. You'll meet the household servant, Slavius; thrill at the misadventures of Barkus Wooferinicum and generally have an Welcome to the last days of Pompeii as you've NEVER imagined them before! Join fart-trader Caecilius, his wife, Vesuvius, and their ten-year-old son, Filius, in a bizarre world of accidental gladiators, pizza-emitting volcanoes and the legendary Ma-wol-n-f. You'll meet the household servant, Slavius; thrill at the misadventures of Barkus Wooferinicum and generally have an uproariously hilarious time of it all. Full of ludicrous characters, surreal escapades and outrageous word play – if you thought Mr Gum was weird, then get a load of the Ancient Pompeiians!


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Welcome to the last days of Pompeii as you've NEVER imagined them before! Join fart-trader Caecilius, his wife, Vesuvius, and their ten-year-old son, Filius, in a bizarre world of accidental gladiators, pizza-emitting volcanoes and the legendary Ma-wol-n-f. You'll meet the household servant, Slavius; thrill at the misadventures of Barkus Wooferinicum and generally have an Welcome to the last days of Pompeii as you've NEVER imagined them before! Join fart-trader Caecilius, his wife, Vesuvius, and their ten-year-old son, Filius, in a bizarre world of accidental gladiators, pizza-emitting volcanoes and the legendary Ma-wol-n-f. You'll meet the household servant, Slavius; thrill at the misadventures of Barkus Wooferinicum and generally have an uproariously hilarious time of it all. Full of ludicrous characters, surreal escapades and outrageous word play – if you thought Mr Gum was weird, then get a load of the Ancient Pompeiians!

22 review for The Paninis of Pompeii

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim Roast

    “The Paninis of Pompeii” is a collection of short “stories about [Caecilius Maximus Panini], [his] family and [his] friends and that idiot, Atrium”. The stories (chapters) fit together well to form a fully-formed book, which is definitely more coherent than the author’s previous book “Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity” because of the same characters appear across chapters and there are some funny callbacks. The Paninis are from ancient Pompeii, “where the pizzas flow like lava”. Caecilius “The Paninis of Pompeii” is a collection of short “stories about [Caecilius Maximus Panini], [his] family and [his] friends and that idiot, Atrium”. The stories (chapters) fit together well to form a fully-formed book, which is definitely more coherent than the author’s previous book “Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity” because of the same characters appear across chapters and there are some funny callbacks. The Paninis are from ancient Pompeii, “where the pizzas flow like lava”. Caecilius is the head of the family and one of the richest men alive thanks to his job as a fart merchant. After an intro chapter other chapters cover: * Caecilius having some dog trouble, * Caecilius’s son Filius and a slave exchanging places for a day, * a tale of a werewolf type creature, a ma-wol-n-f, “a terrible blending of two creatures”, * a day at the Roman baths where things get stolen and Caecilius has to investigate * a chapter where Filius contemplates picking up an intriguing object * a tale about Caecilius taking part in a “duel to the death”. The style is surreal comedy as you’d expect if you’ve read the Mr Gum books, and the book is very funny. My children and I have been enjoying it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margaret McCulloch-Keeble

    Bonkers. Totally bonkers. Kneecaps made of candy floss, mad as a box of frogs kind of bonkers. I would say ridiculous or ludicrous but they're probably characters in the story. Talking of frogs apparently they were invented by the Romans along with pizzas, squares,volcanoes and mirror men. Don't ask me. The names and use of Roman numerals are very clever and very funny. My favourite name was Roscoe Paracetomol.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily Cannings

    Review coming soon!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Baird

    My nephew and I are such great fans of Mr Gum and Andy Stanton and when he found out there was a new book from him to read he was so excited for my visit, though that goes without saying anyway. The Paninis share in Mr Gum’s humour, which is definitely a vary individual humour. Silly, a wee bit juvenile and definitely wacky in the best sense of the word. This first book in what looks like a new series from Andy Stanton sets up the characters and world that we will be revisiting. From the Pompeiian My nephew and I are such great fans of Mr Gum and Andy Stanton and when he found out there was a new book from him to read he was so excited for my visit, though that goes without saying anyway. The Paninis share in Mr Gum’s humour, which is definitely a vary individual humour. Silly, a wee bit juvenile and definitely wacky in the best sense of the word. This first book in what looks like a new series from Andy Stanton sets up the characters and world that we will be revisiting. From the Pompeiian fascination with the fart as a currency to exploring the class system of owner slave in an almost ‘Up Pompeii! With Frankie Howard way, in fact I could just imagine this book done as a 70s comedy show, it would be brilliant, Andy takes us through the world of Caecilius and family in short vignettes with puns galore. More to the point is that my nephew loved it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacie Bradly

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  9. 5 out of 5

    gsjm

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Seaton

  11. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  15. 4 out of 5

    HowardHomeEd

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beverley

  19. 5 out of 5

    skippity_doo

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

  21. 5 out of 5

    Darren J

  22. 4 out of 5

    lucy

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