Hubert Horatio or H for short is a genius at almost absolutely everything. His parents on the other hand aren't too good with money... and fritter away the family fortune. It's up to Hubert and his friend, Stanton Harcourt to sort out the mess.
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Praise for Lauren Child: 1 'Wacky, idiosyncratic stunners.' - THE SUNDAY TIMES 2 Books are at the mercy of their owners, but careless Herb, who has defaced his fairytale collection with scissors and pencil, finds the traditional characters taking revenge in Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?, a more robust tale than last year's Kate' Greenaway medal winner, I will not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, with wider appeal (including key stage 2 readers). - TES teacher 3 Herb, the expressively wide-eyed hero of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book, is better at reading pictures than words. Lauren Child's anarchic book inventively plays with fairy-tale conventions. Herb, in his crazy nighmare, falls unwittingly into his own book - climbing up words of dramatically changing typography and being chased through pages by well-known characters. Herbs earlier snipping-out of Prince Charming and ... adding moustaches and telephones exacerbates the chaos. - The Bookseller 4 A wonderfully imaginative, postmodern idea. Absorbing and with fantastical zany pictures. - The Observer Review 5 Hugely creative, Lauren Child's individual style is shown to perfection in this funny, subversive story. - Parentwise As funny as ever, with the usual distinction combination of graphics and collage artwork -- childrens bookseller 20040804 'Boldly conceived ... brilliantly funny, and discerning.' -- Carousel Christmas 20041101 'If you haven't yet discovered the funky, stylish world of Lauren Child, buy this book for yourself ... this woman is amazing.' -- The Daily Mail 20041125 This heartwarming tale is witty and entertaining and has a moral ending. Read it with your children at bedtime. -- The Lady 20050315 'Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent ... does capture the spirit of a bygone age... children will pore over the tiny details scattering the pages while the story contains enough humour based on the subtle nuances of social class to keep an adult entertained.' -- the Guardian 20041206 Praise for Lauren Child: 'The kitsch queen of children's picture books.' -- Hampstead and Highgate Express 20041203 This is Child's most ambitious and visually striking book yet. -- Bookfest 2004 20041203 Hilarious, rather quirky... It is perfect for those beginning to gain confidence in their reading, great to share with less able readers and fun for all ages. -- Primary Times Spring 2005 20041203 -- 'This is a quirky and unusual picture book, with the distinctive style we have come to expect from Lauren Child.' -- The School Librarian 20041203
Lauren Child attended art schools in both Manchester and London. She is now a children's writer and illustrator, an artist's assistant and also works for a design consultancy. Lauren was awarded th Greenaway Medal in 2001 for Clarice Bean That's Me and won the Bronze Smarties Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves.