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Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue on a plinth in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But after suffering pranks, graffiti, endless mobile phone chat, and pigeon poo, Horace has had enough. He decides it's time to get off his pedestal . . . and walks away. Surely he can find a better home? One suitable for such a fine commander? Assisted by his new friend Harriet (she's seven
and a quarter years old and definitely NOT a statue) Horace tackles modern life (though he can't shake off his embarrassing hobby of invading everything) in his quest to find the perfect place to live. The trouble is, nowhere seems to be quite as good as Mayor Silverbottom's house. And Mayor
Silverbottom just happens to be a descendant of Horace's arch enemy . . . Packed with splendiferous pictures this is a rollicking read for children of five and up.

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9780192758743
  • ISBN: 9780192758743
  • Pub Date: 15th March 2018
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 128

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25th April '18
I read it to AidanP aged 7 aged 7
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
The book is a great size (both length & typeface) for my son to read to himself, and we also enjoyed reading it together!  The pictures are funny & engaging, and we both loved the funny characters such as Barry the Pigeon.   My son laughed outloud a lot whilst we read, particularly at Horace's full name!
11th April '18
I read it to Amelie aged 5 aged 5
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
We loved this book following the adventures of Harri, an adventurous little girl and an unusual friendship she makes with Horace, a statue.  As they hunt for a new place for Horace to live they get into some funny mishaps and adventures, many which leave poor Harri a little red faced as Horace is a force to be reckoned with!

They book captivated my daughter, a fun story, with lots of funny names and things to make er laugh out loud.  Each page with a fun illustration too.  

We will be looking at the other books in the series for sure.
27th April '18
I read it to Little bear aged 7 aged 7
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
This book has been a huge hit in our house, it’s been very funny and adventurous looking forward to reading the other stories.
29th March '18
I read it to Bean912 aged 5 aged 5
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
We loved this book. It's the ideal transitional book between picture books for younger readers, and chapter books for older readers. I read it at bedtime to Jonathan, and neither of us could wait for the next chapter. It was humerous, as well as educational, as Horace's dictionary at the back of the book was great for explaining the old-fashioned language that he uses. It was nice to have a book that was narrated by the main character too, as it felt like Harriet was actually speaking to my son as I read it. The pictures were great as well and really complemented the story. I would definitely look out for other books by this author, as this was perfectly-pitched to my 5.5 year old. I would (and have) recommend it to my friends with children who are a similar age.
28th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
Horace and Harriet’ is a quirky new series written & illustrated by Clare Elsom which is full of so much chaos, misadventure and humour that it’s bound to delight younger readers, with its many laugh out loud moments. Harriet can’t believe her eyes at the park, when she sees a statue come to life and climb off it’s pillar and sets off to investigate. Soon an unlikely friendship is forged between Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace as we’ll call him for a short) and Harriet, as she helps him navigate the confusion of 21st century life. I love the contrast between Horace’s rather formal language and behaviour with Harriet’s direct casual style and if perchance you young whippersnappers are confused by his splendiferous language Clare has deigned to give you a dictionary to help out.  Superbly illustrated with a wonderful attention to detail, I think this is a really fun and appealing book and I’m pleased to discover that you can also get your hands on the next title in the series, ‘Horace and Harriet: Every Dog Has it’s Day.’
5th April '18
I read it to Rubiroo aged 5 aged 5
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
We loved the book we read two chapters a night. What a fantastic book to help my five nearly six year old move on to chapters books. She was so proud with her book mark.

It’s hilarious we all found it so funny especially his name lord commander Horatio Frederick Wellington nincompoop maximum pimbleberry the third.
She loved the fact there was a map and a characters page which helped her read parts of the story herself.

She has already asked for the other books in this series.

A lovely story, a great read with some brilliant characters.
Can’t recommend enough 
5th April '18
I read it to jasquires aged 5 aged 5
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
We don't usually read chapter books as Jacob has a short attention span but he really seemed to enjoy this one asking for just one more chapter. The chapters were a good length so made the perfect first chapter book really.

We loved the characters and the storyline and the illustrations were lovely and suited the story really well. I liked the addition of the dictionary list as it helped to explain some of the words.
26th March '18
Darth read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
We loved this book! This delightful story is about Harriet and her friend Horace, who is a 387 year old statue. Horace meets Harriet in the park, he is looking for somewhere else to live. Harriet and Horace visit lots of places around town but none of them are really quite right. They do find the perfect place in the end. Lovely characters, well written, very funny and full of beautiful illustrations. We loved looking at Horace's Dictionary to find out what some of the words meant. A really good book, great at encouraging children to read.
2nd April '18
I read it to eric_ aged 4 aged 4
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
A nice book to read to kids transitioning to chapter books, which is our case, besides independent readers. It has illustrations on almost every page and my son loved the creativity in the titles of the chapters. We read it and enjoyed it over several days before bedtime. My son had fun with the way Horace transformed the shed every day, specially with the canons. I asked him what his favourite part was and he said he liked everything.
 
Harriet takes Horace on an adventure around town looking for a place for him to stay, but they end up getting into some awkward situations. Harriet gets quite "stressed" with Horace, but in the end she is happy that he has settled back into his pillar and that he finally calls her by her actual name.

We didn't notice the dictionary at the end of the book until we finished it, so we recommend for readers to check this out while reading the book and looking for some of the words that Horatio uses. 
26th March '18
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 5 aged 5
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
5 stars
This is a really great book, well illustrated too. Horrice is a statue and very old. He meets Harriet in the park and in the end goes to live with them. Everything around him he is amazed by, like next doors lawnmower. Lots of fun in this book which my little boy really enjoyed. He liked the bit when horrice had turned the shed into his own castle even with a balcony. The end of the book is fun too, with horrice's dictionary.
18th April '18
I read it to CH12 aged 5 aged 5
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
4 stars
This is a fun story about the most unlikely of friendships, between a young girl (Harriet) and a statute (Horace), with Harriet trying to find Horace a new, more magnificent, home. The pair get into a few amusing scrapes along the way and also tackle a bully, which I thought was a good little moral hidden amongst the main story. 

I did find the story a bit long for such a simple idea and either could have done with a bit more engaging adventure or a shorter story. Nonetheless, my 5 year old enjoyed it though I doubt she'll all for it again anytime soon. 

The book was a perfect size for transitioning to chapter books and most pages contained some lovely illustrations to keep young readers engaged.
29th June '18
Rylando read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
4 stars
It was interesting, with lots of detail - I liked the drawings. Horace is a bit weird because he's a statue in the park that comes to life - he has a bird called Barry. Horace and Harriet have adventures together and it's lots of fun. 
13th April '18
I read it to Arthur aged 3 aged 3 & to WillP aged 6 aged 6
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
4 stars
great funny illustrations, and an amusing story, if a little long winded.
11th October '18
dkathurima read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town 9780192758743
4 stars
This book has been a fun book in our house funny with great illustrations
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Sir Chris Hoy MBE was born and raised in Edinburgh. He won his first world medal in 1999 - a silver in the Team Sprint - and has won 11 world and two Commonwealth titles. Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in 2004 and in 2012, at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris became Great Britain's most successful Olympic athlete to date, with six gold medals a...

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