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The Bolds Go Wild

Written by Julian Clary

Illustrated by David Roberts

Part of the The Bolds Series

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LoveReading View on The Bolds Go Wild

Absolutely fabulous comic adventures

They may be a family of hyenas, but if we were all like the Bolds the world would be a much better place. In case you don’t know, the Bolds live disguised as humans in Teddington. Their two children attend the local primary, and both parents work: Mr Bold writes cracker jokes, Mrs Bold designs extravagant hats. In this story, Mr Bold’s mother arrives from Africa for a visit, and struggles rather with her son’s new lifestyle choice. It looks like the family will be exposed, but the story takes a different turn, and once again the Bolds come to the aid of someone who needs their help. The story is deliciously bonkers, the illustrations just as witty and full of quirky detail, and the Bolds’ live-and-let-live philosophy is a breath of fresh air in our quarrelsome times.  If you want everyone to go to sleep smiling and happy, make this your bedtime reading.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

For more information on this briliant series, activities, videos and downloads visit theboldsbooks.co.uk

The Bolds Go Wild Synopsis

It's time for monkey business in this fifth outing for Teddington's wildest family, the Bolds!

The Bolds are very surprised to be visited by Fred's mother, Granny Imamu. She's travelled all the way from Africa, and now she's here, she does not approve of what she finds. Hyenas, living as people - whatever next! Granny Imamu starts to stir up mischief with twins Bobby and Betty, encouraging them to get in touch with their beastly side at school. And then the twins' teacher comes to the Bolds with a rather unusual problem: her grown-up son Jeffrey just isn't like other people. He's rather hairy, doesn't much like to talk, and loves to monkey about. If animals can become people, could it happen the other way around . . . ?

The Bolds Go Wild Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4Kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, The Bolds. You can click here to read their full reviews.

  • Alexander & Daniel Bisland, age 10 & 8 - 'We loved the book because it was funny, exhilarating and we couldn’t stop laughing. We would love to read a second book in this series. We recommend it to 8+ or 7+ if reading with a parent.  We also love the illustrations.'
  • Toby Pickering, age 8 - 'This book is very funny and addictive. I really enjoyed reading it. The story was exciting and I loved the jokes that were mixed in throughout the book.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'Such a funny book. Absolutely loved it and couldn't stop laughing. The Bolds are a family of Hyenas who are trying to blend in with humans and hope that nobody notices!'
  • Matthew Wilson, age 7 - 'This story is BRILLIANT!'
  • Sophie Moore, age 9 - 'I read The Bolds by Julian Clary which I really enjoyed, it was funny because the Bolds were hyenas pretending to look like humans.'
  • Susan Wilsher - 'Full of quirky illustrations that become part of the text, different fonts to add to the plot and pages that are dark to indicate night or being underground, the chapters are easily achievable and satisfying sections of the story.'
  • Stephanie Chaplin, age 9 - 'My favourite part was when the Bolds (the human ones) stripped and became a crocodile’s lunch....I loved this book.'
  • Rodrigo Davies, age 8 - '. I was reading it at night and it kept leaving me hanging because I had to go to sleep! Lots of cliff-hangers! I really liked the fun ending as well.'
  • Hermione Chaytors, age 6 - 'Perfection in a book!'
  • Clair Chaytors (Hermione’s mum) - 'My six year old daughter thought The Bold family were hilarious and she was in stiches throughout...Watch out David Walliams, you have serious competition!'
  • Jennifer Wood, age 7 - 'This hilarious book, packed full of jokes, about a family of hyenas had me laughing out loud.'
  • Mia Goodman, age 8 - 'I really enjoyed The Bolds, it was a very funny book full of jokes. Most of the jokes made me laugh, however, I didn't laugh at all of them as I didn't understand them all.'
  • Lauren, age 9 - 'The Bolds is an extremely funny, in fact hilarious, book about two hyenas who decides to move to England to live as humans. Unfortunately, human life is not all easy.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 10 - 'I loved this book so much that I read it in one day!! It is a very, very hilarious book and I kept reading funny sections out to my family!'
  • Ruby Widdas, age 8 - 'Amazing! That’s how I’d describe this book. A story about a family who are not quite as they seem guaranteed to make you laugh your pants your off.'
  • Cameron Lobban, age 10 - 'A story and joke book in one! Be prepared to laugh all the way through.'
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'The Bolds is the most hairy book I've read in years!'

The Bolds Go Wild Press Reviews

“I wish we lived next door to the Bolds!”  Davina McCall

“Laughs from the first page to the last”   The Week Junior

"Clary writes at a quick-fire pace, with short, snappy sentences and lots of jokes" Telegraph

"Bursting with fun" Guardian

"Glorious’ Daily Mail

"Heaps of fun" Heat

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ISBN: 9781783448043
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783448043
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Julian Clary
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: Star Books

About Julian Clary

Julian Clary is a comedian, entertainer and novelist, who has toured across the world with his one-man shows. He became a household name in the late 1980s, and remains one of the country's most popular (and least predictable) entertainers. Julian has appeared on numerous popular TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother (which he won), Strictly Come Dancing, This Morning, QI, Have I Got News For You and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute. He has starred in West End productions of Taboo and Cabaret, and appears in panto most years - he loves wearing silly ...

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