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The Resource The Bolds, by Julian Clary ; illustrated by David Roberts

The Bolds, by Julian Clary ; illustrated by David Roberts

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The Bolds
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The Bolds
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by Julian Clary ; illustrated by David Roberts
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eng
Summary
Two hyenas from Africa find a pair of passports (memo: do not go swimming in a crocodile pool), and move to Teddington, England, where they live suburban lives, hold jobs, and raise their children to hide their tails and act human--the only trouble is old Mr. McNumpty, their nosy neighbor, who is hiding a secret of his own
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  • Grades 3-5 Spot and Sue, two hyenas living in Africa near a safari camp, slowly learn how to understand and then speak English. When a human couple on safari are eaten by crocodiles, Spot and Sue seize the opportunity. Walking on their hind legs and disguising themselves with clothing, the two hyenas take on the humans’ identities—their names (Mr. and Mrs. Bold), passports, even plane tickets home to England. And that is the start of their adventure. They settle in to a quaint British suburb, secure jobs, and have two pups, er, children, all the while hiding their animal nature from everyone except perhaps their nosy neighbor, Mr. McNumpty. In its quirky, unique way, this explores themes of family and what constitutes human nature. Filled with jokes and body-related humor, and illustrated with many pencil drawings by Roberts, this entertaining tale will make readers chortle. A good choice for reluctant readers and fans of Captain Underpants. -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 3/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 13)
  • Gr 2–4—After a crocodile in Africa eats two English tourists, a pair of hyenas (Mr. and Mrs. Bold) travel back to Teddington, England, disguised as the tourists. The book follows the Bolds' adventures as they try to resist their animal nature so that they can blend into their new suburban neighborhood and live as humans. This fast-paced read follows the family, including their new twin baby hyenas, as they break a fellow hyena out of captivity in a safari park. The twist at the end may surprise readers, though there are clues hidden in the illustrations throughout the book. There are enough wacky situations and outright jokes (Mr. Bold finds a job writing jokes because hyenas are always laughing) to engage reluctant readers. There is some potty humor, but this is sure to add to the book's appeal. Roberts's illustrations support the off-kilter, humorous mood of the book and are integrated into the text in inventive ways. For example, the page where the crocodile eats the English tourists features an illustration of a wide-open crocodile mouth; the number of words on each line lessens as the text goes further into the crocodile's mouth. Underscoring the slapstick appeal is a message about understanding others' differences. VERDICT Fans of Roald Dahl will find much to appreciate here.—Celia Dillon, The Brearley School, New York --Celia Dillon (Reviewed 02/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 2, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ Meet the Bolds: Fred, Amelia, and their children, Bobby and Betty; as nice a suburban family of hyenas posing as humans as one could ask for, they should rehabilitate the scavenger's tattered, post-Lion King reputation among the younger set. They move to an English suburb, Teddington, which has a comfortable climate; moreover, here, instead of engaging in the hyena dinnertime free-for-all on the savannah, humans line up politely. These pluses aside, the long learning curve tests Fred and Amelia, requiring the utmost ingenuity and adaptability, especially after the pups are born. They're up to the challenge. Shocked to discover water and food aren't free, Fred lands a job writing the silly jokes inserted in Christmas crackers. Hats make good disguises, but how are the pups to hide their tails at school? Certain cherished hyena habits are hard to break (laughing raucously in class, rummaging through garbage, gnawing on chairs). Misanthropic Mr. McNumpty next door becomes suspicious, especially after the family starts visiting the safari park and learns an elderly hyena's in mortal danger. Published first in the U.K., the book's hilarious plot and abundant illustrations make it a top choice for reluctant readers. The art brilliantly reflects the many twists and turns of plot and emotion, among them the Bolds' (mostly) staid suburban home life, their sinister neighbor, and other wild animals—fox, hippo, gazelle—possibly living the human life incognito. Wildly original and very funny. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10495159
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Clary, Julian
Dewey number
  • 823.92
  • Fic
Index
no index present
Intended audience
730L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
5.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Roberts, David
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True
Series statement
The Bolds
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hyenas
  • Neighbors
  • Impersonation
  • Secrecy
  • Hyenas
  • Neighbors
  • Impersonation
  • Secrets
  • Humorous stories
  • Humorous stories
  • Hyenas
  • Impersonation
  • Neighbors
  • Secrecy
  • Teddington (London, England)
  • Teddington (London, England)
  • England
  • England
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Bolds, by Julian Clary ; illustrated by David Roberts
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1519913
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781512404401
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015020875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781512404401
  • (OCoLC)916593969
Label
The Bolds, by Julian Clary ; illustrated by David Roberts
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1519913
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781512404401
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015020875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781512404401
  • (OCoLC)916593969

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