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Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy

Written by A. F. Harrold

Illustrated by Sarah Horne

Part of the Fizzlebert Stump Series

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Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction

Fizzlebert Stump’s Circus is back for a  second riotous show during which everything can – and does – go terribly wrong. The new act features the very, very hairy Barboozul family which includes Wystan, the bearded son. Fizzlebert - his mum is a clown and dad is a strongman - is used to oddities but he has never come across a bearded boy. Will the two become friends? Many strange things happen at the Circus before anything as obvious as that happens in a delightfully chaotic and imaginative romp.

This is Fizzlebert Stump’s second adventure - which began with Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library).

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Mr Gum and Roald Dahl, this highly successful and widely praised series featuring a boy, a circus and a lot of silliness is now available in a bright new package.

'Once, and once only, there was a boy whose name was Fizzlebert.' Fizzlebert Stump lives in a circus where the bearded Barboozul family are the new stars. Their act is full of magic, mystery, fear and fun. And it's nice to have another boy around, even if he is a bit ... hairy round the chin. But then things start going wrong. The lion loses his dentures. The clowns lose their noses. The Ringmaster loses his temper. And the circus is about to lose its licence. Is the bearded boy to blame? Can Fizz save the day?

The story of a boy, some beards, a sinister plot, clowns in crisis, and a very poorly rabbit.

Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Alexander Butler, age 9 - 'An excellent story of a new act that is brought into the circus and all is great.  But then things start to go wrong...  A really funny read.' Read full review >
  • Freya Hudson,  age 10 -  'I have read both the Fizzlebert books.  If you like funny, exciting and entertaining books, read about Fizzlebert Stump. The author keeps the reader gripped by the way he ends each chapter, making you want to read on to find out what happens next. Even my mum enjoyed this book and I had to keep telling her what was happening!' Read full review >
  • Adam Graham, age 9  - 'This book has one bad feature and that is just simply that it ends! Also it is so amazing because of the hilarious sketches and humorous narration.'  Read full review >
  • Lennon Kerrigan-Gee, age 10  - 'This fantastic book will blow your mind with their mysterious people and amazing tricks.' Read full review >
  • Callum Kerrigan-Gee, age 10  - 'Fizzlebert’s adventure is dramatic, amazing, exciting and quite funny.'   Read full review >
  • Lucy Minton, age 9 - 'I liked this book because it described everything very well and I could paint a picture in my head of the events and people being described.' Read full review >

Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy Press Reviews

Praise for Fizzlebert Stump;

Freewheeling frivolity - Financial Times

Stuffed with laughs - Jeremy Strong

Children will love the Stanton/Ardargh-esque authorial tone - Telegraph

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ISBN: 9781526612045
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408835210
Publication date: 14/03/2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526612045
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: A. F. Harrold
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About A. F. Harrold

A.F. Harrold is an English poet (1975-present). He writes and performs for adults and children, in cabaret and in schools, in bars and in basements, in fields and indoors. He was Glastonbury Festival Website's Poet-In-Residence in 2008, and Poet-In-Residence at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2010. He won the Cheltenham All Stars Slam Championship in 2007 and has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7. He is active in schools work, running workshops and slams and doing performances at ungodly hours of the morning, and has published several collections of poetry. He is the owner of many books, a handful of ...

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