Lauren Child delivers everything I've come to expect from her in this hilarious, rather offbeat picture book: an incredibly original plot line - told through her witty, deadpan text that travels across the page - accompanied by her wonderful cartoon-like illustrations (can you tell that two of her influences are Quentin Blake and Edward Gorey?)...
"Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent’s parents were extravagant socialisers.
it tends to be very expensive. They hadn’t noticed that the bills were piling up because they didn’t know what a bill was. As far as they were concerned, a brown-paper envelope was very useful for writing Scrabble scores on.
It was left to their one and only child-genius son, Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent, to sort out – for he was the only one in the family aware that money did not, after all, grow on trees."
|"There turned out to be no more than a paper clip and a slightly hairy cough drop.|
It dawned on Hubert that the Bobton-Trent fortune was in a very bad way.
i.e. , There was none."
You and your child will equally love this unexpected riches to rags story. It is a charming reminder about the value of things that money can't buy!
Best for ages Kindergarten and up. (The dry humor and lengthy text might make it hard for children under 6 to enjoy. But a younger child with a quick wit and sophisticated sense of humor will appreciate this book.)
"The key to life is to stop getting so anxious about things," - Lauren Child.