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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?

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30th January '17
Warren read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
This is a very funny book
I'm glad I have read this story because it really made me laugh out loud
I thought it was funny when the Hyena's found the peoples clothes and decided to become humans
This book is quite long but very easy to read and has some drawings/pictures in it
I think its aged for around 8 years old but I'm six and read it with my mam at bedtimes
I would defiantly recommend this book to people and I'm going to read the other books in the series  
6th February '17
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
What a brilliant book! The story is absolutely fantastic. It's about a strange family who we discover are actually hyenas taken on the identity of a young married couple who get eaten on their honeymoon in Africa - where the hyenas originate from. The family, two hyenas named Sue and Spot, fly back to England using the couples' passports and begin to live as Fred and Amelia Bold. Soon they get used to shopping, working, wearing clothes and standing on their hind legs and are confident in using the English language to speak to others. They get used to living as humans quite quickly and fit into society snuggly with the odd slip up like rubbing their bottoms onto the bushes in the garden or laughing too much! They soon have twins and they have to try their hardest to teach the twins to be like humans too as they are quite obviously hyenas and very very wild. Their neighbour, Mr McNumpty is very old and suspects something isn't quite right. The hyenas live a great life as humans and eventually have to tell their children that they are infact cubs - from the hyena family. They visited a safari park and discovered some hyenas, they showed the twins they could distract other animals, send them away with a hyena war cry and be like humans enjoying the sights. When they reached the hyenas, they were surprised to see humans driving a car, but quickly they became acquainted and managed to find out that the oldest hyena was going to be put to sleep by the vet, who had recently observed his 'arthritic' behaviour, and the Bold's were mortified, they promised the hyenas they would come up with a plan to try and rescue Tony from the enclosure to save him from impending doom. Mr Bold and the family dug deep down underneath the safari park and so did the wild hyenas, Boo and Ena. They spent nights digging and returned home during the early hours with a suspicious Mr McNumpty watching from his bedroom window. Eventually they rescued Tony and begun to make him feel at home in their house which they'd set up for him to live like a dog until he got used to living like a human. It took a while but Tony soon got the hand of standing and walking on his hind legs. Mr McNumpty was one day walking back from shopping when he was set upon by a gang of youths. It was right in front of Tony's eyes so Tony being more wild than the Bold's didn't control his animalistic behaviour but instead howled, growled and beared his sharp hyena teeth to ward the youths off. To thank him for his kindness Mr McNumpty invited him in for a drink and to play dominoes. This quickly became a daily routine and Mr McNumpty soon became a familiar face in the Bold's house, having apologised for always being rude and grumpy with them, ever since knowing them. He knew there was something fishy about them after one day seeing a tail attached to the young Betty's behind. He didn't know they were hyenas though until they confessed. He also had a dark secret though, he was a grizzly bear! This was a total shock, although I myself, had had my suspicions as he had left out clues which the children didn't pick up on, so they were flummoxed when they found out. It was absolutely brilliant, I haven't stopped talking about this book. Hats off to Julian Clary and David Robert's illustrations are stunning.


The book was hilarious from start to finish and I will definitely be reading more of these now that I've discovered there are more.

The children laughed throughout and found it very funny whenever the word bottom was mentioned.
"I think we should give the book 5 stars because it was silly and funny because it had lots of jokes in it and they were funny. The twins were bouncing around a lot. One of my favourite parts was the bit when the tail got shown in the back garden and Mr McNumpty saw it." KC aged 7
"My favourite part was when the hyenas were rubbing their bottoms on the plants because I've never seen a hyena do that before." HW aged 6
"I liked it because there were animals pretending to be humans and that's quite funny." TD aged 6
"I liked the book because I liked Mr Bold's jokes and this was my favourite: Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom." H aged 7
"I would give the story 5 stars because it had a lot of jokes, I love funny stuff. I liked the part where the hyena wiped their bottoms on plants, I found that extremely funny and I liked how the animals tried to be humans and they talked lots of English. My favourite character was Mr McNumpty because I liked how he was a bear, I love bears and I quite surprised because I thought he was a real human." AD aged 7
"I liked the book because I liked it when Mr McNumpty likes the Bolds' and they had loads of fun." AL aged 7
"I liked when each of the hyena family dug the tunnel and Mr Bold told a joke when the eyes were peaking through. I liked that they got Tony back to their house and Mr McNumpty got confused everyday when they were coming home covered in mud. My favourite character was Miranda the monkey because I liked her the best and how the twins were pushing her and she was saying 'baby baby' That was funny." GS aged 6
"I liked that story because my favourite animals are hyenas. My favourite part was when the babboons showed their bottoms and I liked the story because everytime I read a funny story it reminds me of when you are in places and you hear people laughing." IS aged 7

All of the children liked that there were pictures to look at, especially the ones where the animals showed their bottoms. They couldn't stop laughing at that part.
6th February '17
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
What a brilliant book! The story is absolutely fantastic. It's about a strange family who we discover are actually hyenas taken on the identity of a young married couple who get eaten on their honeymoon in Africa - where the hyenas originate from. The family, two hyenas named Sue and Spot, fly back to England using the couples' passports and begin to live as Fred and Amelia Bold. Soon they get used to shopping, working, wearing clothes and standing on their hind legs and are confident in using the English language to speak to others. They get used to living as humans quite quickly and fit into society snuggly with the odd slip up like rubbing their bottoms onto the bushes in the garden or laughing too much! They soon have twins and they have to try their hardest to teach the twins to be like humans too as they are quite obviously hyenas and very very wild. Their neighbour, Mr McNumpty is very old and suspects something isn't quite right. The hyenas live a great life as humans and eventually have to tell their children that they are infact cubs - from the hyena family. They visited a safari park and discovered some hyenas, they showed the twins they could distract other animals, send them away with a hyena war cry and be like humans enjoying the sights. When they reached the hyenas, they were surprised to see humans driving a car, but quickly they became acquainted and managed to find out that the oldest hyena was going to be put to sleep by the vet, who had recently observed his 'arthritic' behaviour, and the Bold's were mortified, they promised the hyenas they would come up with a plan to try and rescue Tony from the enclosure to save him from impending doom. Mr Bold and the family dug deep down underneath the safari park and so did the wild hyenas, Boo and Ena. They spent nights digging and returned home during the early hours with a suspicious Mr McNumpty watching from his bedroom window. Eventually they rescued Tony and begun to make him feel at home in their house which they'd set up for him to live like a dog until he got used to living like a human. It took a while but Tony soon got the hand of standing and walking on his hind legs. Mr McNumpty was one day walking back from shopping when he was set upon by a gang of youths. It was right in front of Tony's eyes so Tony being more wild than the Bold's didn't control his animalistic behaviour but instead howled, growled and beared his sharp hyena teeth to ward the youths off. To thank him for his kindness Mr McNumpty invited him in for a drink and to play dominoes. This quickly became a daily routine and Mr McNumpty soon became a familiar face in the Bold's house, having apologised for always being rude and grumpy with them, ever since knowing them. He knew there was something fishy about them after one day seeing a tail attached to the young Betty's behind. He didn't know they were hyenas though until they confessed. He also had a dark secret though, he was a grizzly bear! This was a total shock, although I myself, had had my suspicions as he had left out clues which the children didn't pick up on, so they were flummoxed when they found out. It was absolutely brilliant, I haven't stopped talking about this book. Hats off to Julian Clary and David Robert's illustrations are stunning.


The book was hilarious from start to finish and I will definitely be reading more of these now that I've discovered there are more.

The children laughed throughout and found it very funny whenever the word bottom was mentioned.
"I think we should give the book 5 stars because it was silly and funny because it had lots of jokes in it and they were funny. The twins were bouncing around a lot. One of my favourite parts was the bit when the tail got shown in the back garden and Mr McNumpty saw it." KC aged 7
"My favourite part was when the hyenas were rubbing their bottoms on the plants because I've never seen a hyena do that before." HW aged 6
"I liked it because there were animals pretending to be humans and that's quite funny." TD aged 6
"I liked the book because I liked Mr Bold's jokes and this was my favourite: Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom." H aged 7
"I would give the story 5 stars because it had a lot of jokes, I love funny stuff. I liked the part where the hyena wiped their bottoms on plants, I found that extremely funny and I liked how the animals tried to be humans and they talked lots of English. My favourite character was Mr McNumpty because I liked how he was a bear, I love bears and I quite surprised because I thought he was a real human." AD aged 7
"I liked the book because I liked it when Mr McNumpty likes the Bolds' and they had loads of fun." AL aged 7
"I liked when each of the hyena family dug the tunnel and Mr Bold told a joke when the eyes were peaking through. I liked that they got Tony back to their house and Mr McNumpty got confused everyday when they were coming home covered in mud. My favourite character was Miranda the monkey because I liked her the best and how the twins were pushing her and she was saying 'baby baby' That was funny." GS aged 6
"I liked that story because my favourite animals are hyenas. My favourite part was when the babboons showed their bottoms and I liked the story because everytime I read a funny story it reminds me of when you are in places and you hear people laughing." IS aged 7

All of the children liked that there were pictures to look at, especially the ones where the animals showed their bottoms. They couldn't stop laughing at that part.
31st January '17
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 aged 6 & to Turbo aged 5 aged 5
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
Oh my goodness, pickle (6) and turbo (5) found this book sidesplitingly funny and we read it over a weekend. I mainly read it to them but they both managed well at reading a few pages each and it's is broken up with some fun illustrations. 
They loved it when the hyenas decided to dress and act like humans, it inspired lots of conversations between my boys about what kind of jobs they thought they should do and how they could hide things like their tails! Their favourite character was Bobby bold and both have been racing about pretending to be him. 
I would highly recommend as my boys could not stop laughing thoughout and is perfect for inspiring a lifetime love of books.
31st January '17
I read it to Lollipop101 aged 9 aged 9
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
This book was absolutely hilarious! All the characters were entertaining, well portrayed and lovable. We loved thinking about how life would be if a family of hyenas were our neighbors!
We really loved this story, and would love to read more from this author.
31st January '17
Leonjames read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
Wow what a fantastic read. This book is so funny, full of jokes and great illustrations. I couldn't put this book down it was that good. I loved the fact the hyenas decided to put on human clothes and have jobs like we do. Would be fun if animals did live amongst us like in the book. Would love to see what jobs they would do. I liked Mr bold in the book he's very funny. I definitely recommend this book to everyone 
4th March '18
I read it to Josh aged 9 aged 9 , to Sam aged 8 aged 8 & to Matthew aged 5 aged 5
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
This was the first The Bolds book that we have read.  It was a very funny book with The Bolds laughing and joking all the way through the story. The illustrations were great and added to the story. We liked the bit where they dig a tunnel and Mr McNumpty, their next door neighbour becomes very suspicious.
11th May '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Missmoo aged 5 aged 5
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
My daughter (5) found this book hilarious, she loved listening to the story and was laughing out loud at the pictures, she took this book in to school to share with her classmates would recommend this book for children and adults I was chuckling as I read it to her 

3 months later and my now 6 year old Carey's this book in her bag to read over and over she loves it, it's a very funny book
3rd August '15
Cam05 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
It is about some hyenas who pretend to be a normal human family and keep a low profile. Sometimes it is easy but it is hard to keep from hiding your obvious hyena laugh. Next door there is nosy parker who is always on the watch out. Can they keep their secret forever? Find out by reading this hilarious book. My favourite character was Mr Bold as he tells really funny jokes, so really this book is a story and joke book in one. I think boys and girls would like this and I think to really enjoy and understand it you should be 9+ I would recommend this to all my friends and hope there are more Bold books to come.
7th July '18
I read it to dinosaur man aged 6 aged 6
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
I read this to my nearly 6 year old. It catches the imagination of a child immediately- a family of hyenas living in disguise amongst humans. They live in Teddington which is local to us and it is nice to read them visiting places we go to! Some of the words/jokes/language is a little tricky for my son but that was fine as I was reading it to him so I could explain. I would therefore recommend it for older children. It is very humorous and my daughter (10) also read it and found it hilarious. 
1st June '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Monsterjam aged 4 aged 4
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
I bought this book with a view to reading it to my class at school. I read it to myself and loved it. So now I'm reading it to my 4 year old at bedtime. He thinks it's really funny and keeps trying to get me to read more when it's time to finish. The plot is clever and it's such an easy read with some lovely illustrations. I'm sure my class at school are going to love it too. Off to the shops to buy the next instalment!
3rd September '18
I read it to Amelie aged 6 aged 6
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
This hilarious book about hyenas choosing to live like humans had us in stitches.  We've read the books a little out of order as this is the first in the series but we had already read two.  It didn't matter as we love the characters and it was full of jokes and great humour. 

It introduces the family of the Bolds and how they came to live in Teddington as a family in disguise, full of twists and turns. We loved the style in which the book is written and the fun illustrations that break the text up.

We have read three of the Bolds now, we love this charming, charismatic family!
22nd February '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to daisymae aged 6 aged 6
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
My 6 year old and myself read this book together and we loved it. The story is fast paced and so funny. Being only 6 and a brilliant reader, my daughter loved the the super pictures that accompanied the story. We loved the BIG HAIRY secret on page 40. You'll have to read it yourself to find out what it is heehee. Beautifully written with lots of surprises. We can't wait to get reading the next book. Perfect bedtime reading that both kids and adults will love. I would like to tell you more about the goings on in the story but I think that you and your munchkin should read this super story and enjoy all the surprises that come with it.x
23rd September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
Brilliant start to the seriesfunny and full of hilarious jokes and situations. Must read the next book.
16th December '17
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
We roared with laughter throughout this story by the comedian Julian Clary. It is just brilliant, with a weirdly wonderful plot that keeps adult readers as entertained as their children. 
17th February '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
My 6 year old and myself read this book together and we loved it. The story is fast paced and so funny. Being only 6 and a brilliant reader, my daughter loved the the super pictures that accompanied the story. We loved the BIG HAIRY secret on page 40. You'll have to read it yourself to find out what it is heehee. Beautifully written with lots of surprises. We can't wait to get reading the next book. Perfect bedtime reading that both kids and adults will love. I would like to tell you more about the goings on in the story but I think that you and your munchkin should read this super story and enjoy all the surprises that come with it.x
27th January '17
I read it to Rory aged 9 aged 9 & to Addie aged 6 aged 6
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
Wow!! What can we say about this book?We have finished it in ONE day! Just ONE day! Both my children found it hilarious and we just could not put it down. The humour is slightly cheeky (which WE LOVE) and the story is very obscure yet enthralling.    This is definitely going to be a book we read again and again and one that I will be sure to be buying as gifts for friends and family 
29th January '17
Seb1 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
Sebastian thoroughly enjoyed this book, he laughed at the jokes throughout and kept reading until the end! He is now though convinced that animals live amongst us and has taken to working out who might be what!!!! We would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more about the Bolds adventures in the near future!
18th February '17
I read it to Ama123 aged 6 aged 6
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
We weren't sure what to expect in this book about a family of hyenas disguised as humans BUT it funny and brilliant. We shared the reading, my daughter is 6 and found the book too long to read by herself. 

The hyenas are a lovely family trying very hard to act like humans. The ending is very good and sweet. This is definetly a book to be read. We found it similar to a Roald Dahl / David Walliams book. 
22nd March '17
ejpot read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Bolds 9781783443055
5 stars
I loved this book it is so funny, I found it really easy to read and enjoyed the pictures in it too, iv have told my teachers about this book and talked about it to my friends too its a brilliant book to read. 
1st January '17
Jbwise read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
The Bolds 9781783443055
4 stars
I read this ages ago but I still remember how funny it was! It had pictures in it too but the story was hilarious!
7th February '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Bolds 9781783443055
4 stars
My two loved the illustrations in this book and my eldest took it into school to share with her friends, the story of mr and mrs bold is very amusing I found myself chuckling along to it, admittedly I do feel this book was a little long winded for my girls as they lost interest half way though but I really enjoyed it... 
4th June '17
I read it to Berrylookalike aged 7 aged 7
The Bolds 9781783443055
4 stars
Awesome illustrations. Extremely hilarious story. How very funny it is. I loved reading it. We would have a chapter each night and I laughed so much. I would recommend it to people who love animals and jokes and funny things. It's good for ages 6-9.
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