The Bolds

Julian Clary

The Bolds
Andersen Press Ltd
United Kingdom
30 July 2015

The Bolds

Julian Clary

Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me- they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference- they’re hyenas. Yes, that’s right - they’re covered in fur, have tails tucked into their trousers, and they really, really like to laugh.

So far, the Bolds have managed to keep things under wraps, even when their children Bobby and Betty were born. But the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington’s best-kept secret. Whatever will the neighbours think?


When a couple of English-speaking hyenas migrate from Africa to England and settle in a quiet suburban street they soon realise they’ll need more than just their human disguise – soon they get jobs, have pups and live an extraordinary life.

I loved this outrageous tall tale. It’s laugh-out-loud funny (with just the right amount of bottom humour) but also clever and witty as it good naturedly pokes fun at humans who perceive themselves as superior to animals.

What’s not to like? Terrific line illustrations bring an extra layer of fun to a story that’s guaranteed to have young readers laughing hysterically at the madcap antics. This little gem of a book is the brainchild of entertainer, comedian, and now children’s author, Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts.

Highly recommended for ages 6 and up. A comedy riot for the whole family.

Athina Clarke

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