The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is an all-round boy genius. His family are fabulously rich and it seems like he has it all. But things aren't quite what they seem...
Hubert Horatio - or "H" for short - has terribly irresponsible parents who are frittering away the family fortune. Can H and his best pal Stanton sort out this mess before it is too late?
Children will love this story where kids like them clearly have the upper hand and know far better than their parents do. They'll delight in the complicity and find much to giggle about in this very witty tale from the super-talented Lauren Child.
The star of this book, however, are Lauren Child's illustrations. She is not afraid to use pictures and words in arresting ways underpin the narrative and help everything hang together. Very beautiful to look at and a lot of fun, with a nice subtle social message.