K-Gr. 3. Better at Twister and board games than at managing finances, Hubert Horatio's socialite parents have little clue that they are fast going from "frightfully, frightfully rich" to bankrupt. Their son, a child prodigy, secretly begins to charge admission for tours of their mansion, but his parents welcome the visitors with lavish parties; other capital-raising schemes similarly backfire. Finally, Hubert Horatio convinces his parents to move to a modest apartment building (whose cheerful but tenement-like facade is whimsically depicted in a vertical gatefold). He discovers, to his surprise, that his parents prefer the snugger quarters and closer-at-hand neighbors. The satire about the frivolous wealthy is less understated than in Hilary Knight's Eloise books, but, as always, there is substantial appeal in Child's doodled, collage-enhanced imagery and arch text. And the clever cover design--with pale-green ornamentation borrowed from a dollar bill--will entice money-obsessed children, while the story within will remind them that many of life's pleasures cannot be purchased. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Praise for Lauren Child: 1 'Wacky, idiosyncratic stunners.' - THE SUNDAY TIMES 2 Books are at the mercy of their owners, but careless Herb, who has defaced his fairytale collection with scissors and pencil, finds the traditional characters taking revenge in Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?, a more robust tale than last year's Kate' Greenaway medal winner, I will not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, with wider appeal (including key stage 2 readers). - TES teacher 3 Herb, the expressively wide-eyed hero of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book, is better at reading pictures than words. Lauren Child's anarchic book inventively plays with fairy-tale conventions. Herb, in his crazy nighmare, falls unwittingly into his own book - climbing up words of dramatically changing typography and being chased through pages by well-known characters. Herbs earlier snipping-out of Prince Charming and ... adding moustaches and telephones exacerbates the chaos. - The Bookseller 4 A wonderfully imaginative, postmodern idea. Absorbing and with fantastical zany pictures. - The Observer Review 5 Hugely creative, Lauren Child's individual style is shown to perfection in this funny, subversive story. - Parentwise As funny as ever, with the usual distinction combination of graphics and collage artwork -- childrens bookseller 20040804 'Boldly conceived ... brilliantly funny, and discerning.' -- Carousel Christmas 20041101 'If you haven't yet discovered the funky, stylish world of Lauren Child, buy this book for yourself ... this woman is amazing.' -- The Daily Mail 20041125 This heartwarming tale is witty and entertaining and has a moral ending. Read it with your children at bedtime. -- The Lady 20050315 'Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent ... does capture the spirit of a bygone age... children will pore over the tiny details scattering the pages while the story contains enough humour based on the subtle nuances of social class to keep an adult entertained.' -- the Guardian 20041206 Praise for Lauren Child: 'The kitsch queen of children's picture books.' -- Hampstead and Highgate Express 20041203 This is Child's most ambitious and visually striking book yet. -- Bookfest 2004 20041203 Hilarious, rather quirky... It is perfect for those beginning to gain confidence in their reading, great to share with less able readers and fun for all ages. -- Primary Times Spring 2005 20041203 -- 'This is a quirky and unusual picture book, with the distinctive style we have come to expect from Lauren Child.' -- The School Librarian 20041203
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