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Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent Hardcover – May 2, 2005

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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 Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (May 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786854855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786854851
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Child is the multi-talented prize-winning creator of the characters Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Hubert Horatio Bobton-Trent. She has won the Smarties Gold Award, Smarties Bronze Award, Kate Greenaway Medal and been shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Lauren lives in London.

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Format: Hardcover
The endpapers of Lauren Child's remarkably droll masterpiece hints at "Chutes and Ladders," the venerable kids' board game where players jump ahead by landing on squares with ladders, and fall behind by landing on those with chutes. It's a subtle metaphor for the overarching class mobility theme that suffuses this superbly written and illustrated tale of riches won, lost, and found again.

The Bobton-Trents are upper class British to their very marrow, and spend their time lavishly entertaining other upper class hyphenates; to wit, the Elfington-Learies, their "next-door-but-one neighbors, the Davenport-Martines," and the Butterworth-Trotters. (Sure, these are easy jokes, but Child's collage drawings and tone are so inventive and "spot-on" that they seem fresh.) Their baby, Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent (aka "H.") enters this rarified social sphere, and, early on displays prodigal skills in speaking, telephoning his parents (a necessity when you live in a huge mansion, and swimming. While his parents fritter away their time, and, more importantly to the story, their money, "H." and his best friend Stanton Harcourt Saint Bernard, III have fun at their home laboratory, learn obscure Japanese words, and practice table tennis. Lauren Child's madcap interior design encapsulates their idiosyncratic, topsy-turvy lives: The mansion is all squiggly-lined opulence, andthe parents wear wild, textured clothing that matches the wallpaper, and the artsy, modernistic fixtures and decorative look like they might succumb to gravity--or good taste--at any minute.
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This book is fantastic. Fun illustrations and shaped text make reading this book especially exciting. Its the story of a very clever boy who tries to save the family fortune but discovers that money isn't so terribly important as family. A great lesson is learned, the story is delightfully and humorously told, and the hero is very charming, resourceful, and endearing.

A note to Kindergarten/ 1rst grade teachers: This book makes a great resource for themes on money.
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When we got this book in at the library (where I work) my co-worker brought it over to me right away and asked me to read it aloud (knowing I'd love it). It was great. It has a slight british humor (mostly dealing with character names) that I adore. This is a book I will read over and over and can't wait to do it for a storytime with my 3 - 5 yr/olds in the fall. Hubert and his parents make for a fun read.
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My daughter loves Lauren Child books. I thought this one was a bit long for my 4 year old, but she really likes reading it and she listens the whole way through. It is not my absolute favorite Lauren Child book, but I still gave it 4 stars because it is a good story with a good moral at the end.
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I have no kids of my own, but some very good friends regularly utilize me as a surrogate uncle to read books to their three girls, now aged 10, 8, and 7. Sometimes the book readings can go on for hours and through multiple books, but this book is by far the favorite of all three girls. I've probably read it to them between 10 and 20 times over the last few years.

Frankly, I've never tired of the book myself. It's charming, witty, and oh so British, which is why it must be read in a British accent, all the way from its first sentence describing the Bobton-Trents as "frightfully, frightfully rich." (Who uses the word "frightfully" in America?) Maybe my renditions of this book have even infected the girls with a bit of my own Anglophilia!

In America, we tend to see riches as the reward for hard work, having rejected monarchy and aristocracy some 225+ years ago. But the Bobton-Trents embody the aristocratic, presumably inherited wealth we associate with England. They spend their time playing games and hosting lavish parties, to which their pre-school son is dutifully sent an embossed invitation just like the other guests. All is merry until the money runs out, and their brilliant son has to rescue them because they haven't got a clue.

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent, as the book says, is a genius. Normally, I don't like children's books that make the parents look ridiculous compared to their oh-so-smart kids, but this book is so "delightful" that I barely noticed.
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