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  • Published: 30 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448188062
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

The Bolds

A fabulous new series from dream team Julian Clary and David Roberts! The Bolds are a family of hyenas who pretend to be people - but can they keep the noise down?Nominated for the CILIP Greenaway Medal 2016

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?

  • Published: 30 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448188062
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the authors

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 clothes and lots of make up! Julian also narrates the Little Princess children’s television series. He lives in London with his husband.

David Roberts

Nick Ronald and David Roberts are now firmly established names in the decorating world. They opened their first Grand Illusions shop in St Margaret's, Twickenham, in 1987. An inspirational home furnishings and accessories store, Grand Illusions brings innovative home ideas to an appreciative audience. As well as the shops in St Margarets, there are now two sister shops in Richmond and Bath plus two thriving mail-order catalogues, Maison and Maison Bis. Nick and David also run highly successful paint techniques courses and their ideas are featured regularly in magazines and on television, including BBC's Home Front. Their first book, Grand Illusions, was published in 1996 with Grand Illusions New Decorating following in 1998. Nick and David have recently moved to the country where they are renovating an eighteenth-century house.

Praise for The Bolds

The book's hilarious plot and abundant illustrations make it a top choice for reluctant readers. Wildly original and very funny

Kirkus, starred review

Although Clary plays up the humour the underlying warm message is of tolerance towards those who are supposedly different from the norm. Glorious black-and-white illustrations add to the mayhem.

Daily Mail


Telegraph, Best Holiday Reading for Kids

Funny and clever with a good dose of yucky humour. Children will appreciate the wry digs at the nonsense of modern living and Roberts' illustrations are an absolute delight.

The Bookseller, Fiona Noble

Roberts’ manically expressive black and white illustrations capitalize on the unapologetically silly premise... Clary mixes animal fact with imaginative, entertaining fiction.

Publishers Weekly

We loved the silliness and laughter that runs throughout, and the illustrations are brilliant. Heaps of fun.


My two children and I all love The Bolds. An allegory for feeling like an outsider and is written in the most imaginative and sensitive way.

Kate Garraway, Mail on Sunday

The animals are amongst us! This lovely book will have kids rolling on the floor with mirth while their parents roll their eyes in recognition of human folly.

Fay Weldon

Underscoring the slapstick appeal is a message about understanding others’ differences... Fans of Roald Dahl will find much to appreciate here.

School Library Journal

This entertaining tale will make readers chortle. A good choice for reluctant readers and fans of Captain Underpants.


A real treat… David Roberts' illustrations are a joy to behold and perfectly catch the stylishly dressed Bolds' blithe carefree happiness.

Andrea Reece, Lovereading

Perfection in a book! Please write lots more books Mr Clary

Hermione Chaytons, age 6, for lovereading4kids.co.uk

A very very hilarious book and I kept reading funny sections out to my family!

Georgia Dowra, age 10, for lovereading4kids.co.uk

I loved this book… and because it was so good I read it in one day

Stephanie Chaplin, age 9, for lovereading4kids.co.uk

An absolute gem... this entertaining book combines an enjoyable story with fabulous illustrations in a perfect package for young readers. 5 Stars.

Anne Thompson, The Bookbag

The jokes are many, and very good indeed... The Bolds also does a great deal, in a gentle and understated way, to promote the benefits of kindness and tolerance, as well as the importance of being true to yourself.

Books for Keeps

Enjoyably silly


A funny story with a ludicrous but hugely enjoyable plotline, lots of jokes, some nail-biting moments and wonderful characters… A very special book with illustrations that are a joy to behold.

Absolutely Education

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