The Bolds

Julian Clary, illus. by David Roberts. Lerner/Carolrhoda, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-5124-0440-1
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. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 12/21/2015
Release date: 03/01/2016
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 978-1-5124-0443-2
Ebook - 272 pages - 978-1-5124-0759-4
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-1-5124-8174-7
Ebook - 272 pages - 978-1-5124-0761-7
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