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Toppsta Readers Love Hubert Horatio

30th September 2019


Lauren Child, the superstar creator of Clarice and Bean and Charlie and Lola, revisits one of her most popular characters in her brand-new laugh-out-loud series for ages 6+ about the rather unconventional Bobton-Trents!

To whet your appetite for Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups, out in paperback on 3rd October, find out why our Toppsta readers are so in love with this new series and check out some sneak peeks of the inside spreads below plus excellent teaching resources for your school!

‘This was a lovely class read for Year 3. The children loved the illustrations and enjoyed listening to the adventures of the family. They definitely enjoyed the humour and although some of the vocabulary was challenging, this worked as a read-aloud for 7 and 8 year olds.’  
Read to 3R, ages 7-8

‘My 6-year-old adored this book. She sat down and read it intently as soon as it arrived! It is perfectly pitched for a younger reader… She loved Hubert and the message that money does not buy happiness was really appropriate for the Christmas season.’
Read to Brobee, age 6

‘My boy really enjoyed this book and gave it 5 stars. He thought Hubert was a great person and very interesting. He loved all the ghosts in it. I enjoyed the development of the characters at the beginning and the illustrations. Looking forward to the next book in the series.’
Read to aiwilford, age 7 & to mrwilford, age 5

‘Me and my seven-year-old daughter both thoroughly enjoyed Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups. The illustrations and quirky layouts were very engaging and the story was beautifully written. My daughter loved the characters and thought they were introduced very well in the first few chapters. She enjoyed the humour and the mystery of the story and wanted to read it again as soon as we'd finished!’
Read to ESParry, age 7

‘I liked the book because it was easy for me to read and kept me interested the whole time, the illustrations were brilliant and made me laugh.’
Caden, age 8

‘This is a very very very funny book.’
NMcKinnon, age 7

‘This was a fantastic book by the brilliant Lauren Child. I am a big fan of her previous work and was really excited to read this. I was not disappointed neither were my class. We found Hubert a fantastically clever little boy and loved the way he told the story. The illustrations as usual were amazing and really brought the story to life. This was a very enjoyable book that I will read to my classes again and again.’
Read to Badge, ages 5-11

‘A book which my daughter could read too, we enjoyed taking it in turns. Some great vocabulary used that created great discussion about word meaning and context. Would recommend for all young readers!’
Read to RUBYB, age 6

‘We already absolutely adore the Charlie and Lola books and have really enjoyed this one too. Hubert Horatio learns a valuable lesson about the value of money and the value of family relationships but it's not done in a worthy way. The illustrations are fun and we loved the page that pulls up to show the height of the house. It's quite long for a four-year-old but the brilliant use of words and pictures, sometimes intertwined, kept us interested to the end. I love how the author doesn't shy away from long words for little kids. Fantastic!’
Read to Soopa, age 4

‘I want to read Lauren Child every night. This one's brilliant…Why can't all our books be this witty and on message?’
Read to ninska, age 8 & to barnboy, age 5

How cool are these inside spreads from the book?!

Toppsta Readers Love Hubert Horatio

Click here to download some brilliant branded Hubert Horatio Teaching Resources for your school featuring vocab games, quizzes, writing exercises and more! These resources have been specially designed to make reading and comprehension engaging for KS2 pupils.

Toppsta Readers Love Hubert Horatio
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Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from the superstar creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child.

The Bobton-Trent seniors certainly know how to make the most of their extravagant wealth - socialising, doing things, buying things and generally being more than a little bit ... irresponsible...

Luckily for them, their son Hubert Horatio is an exceptionally intelligent, talented and sensible child.

Unluckily for Hubert, this tends to mean that a lot of his spare time is spent steering his rather unruly set of grown-ups out of trouble.


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