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July 2012 Debut of the Month. A hero with a difference! Fizzlebert Stump wants to make changes to his life. Bored with life in the circus, he is determined to run away and join…the Library! How Fizzlebert sets out to achieve his goal and gets kidnapped by some unlikely villains for his audacity is a riotous romp which will be loved by all fans of Mr Gum!
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Fizzlebert Stump the Boy who ran away from the Circus (and joined the Library) a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Scroll down to read their reviews...
'There are many boys in the world, all slightly different from one another, and most of them are referred to by names. These are often John or Jack or Desmond, but sometimes they are James or Philip or Simon. Once, and once only, there was a boy whose name was Fizzlebert.' Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. But although he gets to hang around with acrobats, play the fool with clowns, and put his head in a lion's mouth every night, he's the only kid there - and he's bored. But then Fizz decides to join a library, and life suddenly gets a lot more exciting, when a simple library card application leads to him being kidnapped by a pair of crazed pensioners! Will he ever see the circus again?
Alexander Butler, age 8 I thought the book was awesome and full of laughs. Click here to read the full review
Sam Harper, age 9 The writing style, with little extra comments from the author, is witty and comical and often made me laugh out loud. Click here to read the full review
Lucy Minton, age 9 I enjoyed this book because it has so many unexpected twists that you never quite know what is going to happen next. Click here to read the full review
Adam Graham, age 9 It is one of my favourite books that I have ever read and I have read a lot of books! Click here to read the full review
Lindsey Slidders, age 9 a really funny comedy Click here to read the full review
Nathan Gray age 8 If you like a good laugh then this is the book for you. Click here to read the full review
Hinnie Broom age 10 it was extremely funny Click here to read the full review
Ewan Young, age 9 I think anyone who likes funny books or adventure books would really like this, it's better than Jeremy Strong! Click here to read the full review
‘Splendid writing, stuffed with laughs’ - Jeremy Strong
|Publication date:||7th June 2012|
|Author:||A. F. Harrold|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
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 ...More About A. F. Harrold