I was so happy when I found that one of the World Book Day books would be by Julian Clary. Thankfully Amazon had this one (unlike another WBD book I wanted).
We all know that the Bolds’ travelled from Africa to England, but I always wanted more details. How did those first days/weeks/months go for them? How did they find their current jobs? When did they get their kids? And so many other questions. I am quite happy that Julian Clary wrote this book, finally gave some more insight in our couple.
The book first starts off with where the first book kind of starts off. The kids are about to go to school for the very first time ever, and are going to be told what they really are, and how their parents got in this new country.
And it was oh so much fun to read! I just loved each and every part of the book. From how they decided to leave Africa (poor original Bolds), got through the airport (thankfully they had some help, because I can’t imagine them getting anywhere without it + it gave them some extra motivation to try out this new path), went on a flight (and had tons of fun) and then their first time in a real house, with strange household objects. Then they had to find out how groceries worked, how to pay for stuff (because you don’t get anything for free in this world). I just laughed so much at how they tried but how they would often do something totally wrong in a silly way.
Mrs Bold/Sue seemed to be the one who got the most understanding about this new world and how stuff worked. Whereas Mr Bold/Spot just seemed to make jokes about stuff or try to eat things, Mrs Bold actually knew all sorts of things and often corrected her hubby.
I loved reading how both of them found a job. Mr Bold with his (terrible) jokes, Mrs Bold with her (amazing/original) hats. How they both settled down, got more used to all the strange things humans did and used, and then of course the kids came along.
Of course the book is full with fun illustrations and well I still love them. The Bolds’ truly do a pretty good job at disguising themselves as humans (though how they would hide their spots and all that, no clue).
And, like all the other books, there are jokes, riddles, and more. At times I was laughing, other times I was just groaning. I also read a few to my boyfriend who wasn’t sure if he should laugh or not. 😛
All in all, I would highly recommend this book. You can just read this one without earlier knowledge of the other books, it is kind of a prequel in my eyes. I can’t wait for the next book in the Bolds’ series.
Some of my favourite jokes from this book:
Why does a traffic light turn red?
Well, if you had to change in front of everyone, you’d turn red too!
I knew you were a nut!
What do you get if you cross a vampire with a snowman?
Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they use honeycombs.