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The Bolds

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Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference: they're hyenas. Yes, that's right - they're covered in fur, have tails tucked into their trousers, and they really, really like to laugh.

So far, the Bolds have managed to keep things under wraps, even when their children Bobby and Betty were born. But the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington's best-kept secret. Whatever will the neighbours think?

From Publishers Weekly

21 December 2015 – In this humorously off-kilter tall tale, British comic Clary's first book for children, a pair of hyenas take on the identity of two British honeymooners eaten by crocodiles while on safari. The hyenas hide their tails in human clothes and their ears under hats, adapting so well to their new lives that they raise their cubs to fit in as humans, too. "It is true to say that people in Teddington considered them to be an unusual couple," notes the chatty narrator. "But no one jumped to the conclusion that they were a pair of hyenas." Because the family laughs and kids around so much, they make friends easily and even share their secret with one trusted human. Their grumpy, spying neighbor is trouble, however, and when a hyena at a nearby safari park needs rescuing, the Bolds' plan to free him could mean blowing their cover. Roberts's manically expressive b&w illustrations capitalize on the unapologetically silly premise (Mrs. Bold is a real style icon in oversize glasses, a turban, and a dress with the silhouette of a lampshade) as Clary mixes animal fact with imaginative, entertaining fiction. Ages 8 12.

Customer Reviews

The best book about animals

Is the best book I have ever read is really good for animals and people to read and I really liked all the funny jokes and humour in side of this book and that there is a plot twist near the end which is very good,

Bold and Brave!

A coming out story of a different kind. Julian shows a thorough understanding of children's literature, and it's also rather funny.

Unexpectedly fantastic

My 7 year old daughter and I loved this well written, funny, offbeat story. Who would have thought that Britain's very own national treasure would turn out to be a talented children's author too? Julian, pleeeeeeeease write more!

The Bolds
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  • £3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: 30 July 2015
  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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