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Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

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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.
"These stories are about the days when the Bobton-Trents had it cushy, very cushy indeed."
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.
Legendary children's writer and Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-2019 Lauren Child revisits one of her most popular characters in these brand-new, laugh-out-loud stories about the rather unconventional Bobton-Trents! The perfect gift for children aged six and up.

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This is Book 1 in the Hubert Horatio Series. See all Hubert Horatio books here.

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22nd December '18
I read it to ESParry aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
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! She would find this book difficult to read alone at the moment because there are some quite difficult words, but it's a good challenge for her. 
18th November '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Caden aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I loved the characters in this book as they reminded me of my family, the book made me feel warm inside and made me laugh so much when I was in hospital the pictures were also funny it makes me want to draw better  the book is awesome as it’s like a challenge on how to deal with grown ups 
25th December '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 7 aged 7 & to mrwilford aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
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. 
27th December '18
Brobee read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
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, although some of the vocabulary is quite tricky. She loved Hubert and the message that money does not buy happiness was really appropriate for the Christmas season.
15th October '18
I read it to Soopa aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
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 three-year-old but the brilliant use of words and pictures, sometime intertwined, kept us interested to the end. I love how the author doesn't shy away from long words for little kids. Fantastic!
24th October '18
I read it to Badge aged 5 to 11
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5 stars
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. 
29th October '18
NMcKinnon read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This is a very very very funny book. Hubert is a very funny boy and his parents were very silly. Hubert had to make their cocoa. It was like he was the grown up. 
16th March '19
I read it to 3R aged 7 to 8
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5 stars
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 old. 
15th October '18
I read it to RUBYB aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
My daughter loves the Charlie and Lola books and she enjoyed this one too! It is funny and kept my daughter engaged. The main character, a young boy, lives in a mansion but soon they learn that money doesn’t make you happy! 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! 
15th October '18
I read it to Tinkerbell aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
Really fun book! She really enjoyed it!
22nd January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Hubert seems to embody the high expectations we have of children, forgetting that they should enjoy the carefree nature first.  Responsible, reliable and independent beyond his years, Hubert makes even the most well seasoned adults look like amateurs. Hubert’s parents are anything but responsible, leading a fun and care free life full of hosting parties and never knowing what day it is, it is surprising they even remember they have a child. However, this doesn’t phase Hubert who manages to stay positive and build his skills and add to his independence. 
I love that although it is clear the parents aren’t as good at parenting as they should be, not once does this book put them down or paint and negativity. It is a fun and easy going story to read.
One of my favourite parts is towards the end where the family get caught up with a mystery to solve which is happening in their house! After initially thinking it was a ghost, the reveal of the mystery ham eater made me chuckle. 
The book itself it’s rather quick to get through and due to its shorter chapters is great to keep children’s interest and allow it to be read at a good speed. 
The illustrations throughout the book add so much clarity to some well placed vocabulary and also break up longer paragraphs of text making it a great book for ages 8-9. I can’t wait to share this with some of my more reluctant and slower readers. 
16th January '19
CharlotteM read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
the book was Excellent my favourite part was when he tired dancing.
31st October '18
EFB read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
This book was very confusing because it had lots of strange words and meanings. The most confusing bit was the bit where words were scattered all over the place and you had to work out what order they should be in. I liked it because the title is a bit funny. Hubert's parents aren't very responsible which makes the story funny. I quite liked the illustrations because they helped me to understand the story.
30th October '18
I read it to Booklover2011 aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
My 7 year old thinks Hubert is a very smart kid! Great story, introducing some new vocabulary to her. We both enjoyed the illustrations and lay-out of this book - it was a quicker read than I initially thought. This is definitely one I can see her going back to read independently. 
20th February '19
GrayC read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
Gracie really enjoyed this story. She found it fun, entertaining and actually enjoyed reading it! She really liked the illustrations too! It’s a fun concept and is definitely on Gracie’s keepers pile of read books!
16th October '18
I read it to dani aged 6 aged 6
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3 stars
I'd read the first Hubert Horatio book and was looking forward to seeing the expansion of his world with this book. My daughter was also looking forward to something new from the Charlie and Lola writer. We were both a little let down. This book was quite scattered (even by Lauren Child's standards). It was a hodge-podge of events and characters that were quickly introduced and then tossed aside with no real substance or development. And the title, which was one of the points of interest, didn't really fit with the story. But Hubert is so clever that it must be shown by using long and uncommon words children can't read(including definitions and etymology, but no pronunciation). It came off as pretentious fluff with no real substance. It's such a shame because it could have been so much better. My daughter has only made it through 2 chapters with me, and I'm not going to push her to continue. The only positive is that the design makes it a much quicker read than you'd expect with the page count. I hope any continuations of his story go back to what made the first one good.
7th December '18
I read it to MissOlivia aged 7 aged 7
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3 stars
My seven year old daughter enjoyed her first Hubert Horatio adventure. She was curious to read a different book by one of her favourite authors and she found the story funny and literally laughed out loud at times! However I do feel that this was quite a difficult read for a seven year old. I liked the extended vocabulary used in this book but found that it hindered our reading of the story as I had to repeatedly stop, explain and restart again. Unfortunately this resulted in the natural flow of the story being affected and my daughter did lose interest because of this. I would recommend this book but think that it is better suited for parents to read to their children. For independent reading I think this book is better suited for children aged 8 and upwards who are competent readers.
22nd January '19
I read it to Year_2 aged 6 to 7
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3 stars
My class was not as interested in this book as I hoped they would be. They found some of the vocabulary difficult to understand and we often had to stop to discuss the meaning of different words which hindered the flow of the story for us. It took us a while to finish the book and they were able to tell me some parts they liked but overall their enjoyment levels were lower than they have been for other books we've read. I would recommend this book for slightly older children, possibly aged eight and up. 
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