Title: The Bolds to the Rescue (The Bolds #2)
Author: Julian Clary
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Andersen Press
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Paperback
Description: The Bolds are an extraordinary family living on an ordinary street.
Word’s got out that the Bolds’ home is a safe place for ANY ANIMAL in danger. But now the house is filling up with creatures! Have the Bolds bitten off more than they can chew?
*Free copy provided by publisher (as part of The Bolds Box Set) for review…
Review: I can’t express how much I loved this story and it has such a brilliant ending for all involved. The Bolds, a family of hyenas secretly living as humans, have settled into their suburban lives with their new friends Tony, Miranda and Nigel. But news of the Bolds, and what they can do, has spread in the animal world, and it isn’t long before animals of all different kinds start showing up at the Bolds’ house, looking for shelter and help.
I really enjoyed this book, even more than the first. In the first book we’re introduced to the family and how they help Tony escape from a terrible fate and begin living life as a human instead, but this book takes that help further and the Bolds start being visited by all sorts of different animals, including a dog and a crocodile, who are all hoping to start new lives in the human world. I’m not sure why but I just enjoyed this story so much more than the first and I think it’s partly due to just how silly things get with so many different animals in one house. It doesn’t take long for things to get very silly as everyone tries (and fails) to act human and the whole book is filled with a lot of silly antics as well as some lovely and more dramatic moments too.
I won’t go into too much detail about what happens, but I do love how this story unfolds. It’s always funny and silly and filled with lots of jokes, but at the same time there are some lovely moments between the different animals and I can’t help but love what happens to Sheila and how she’s a little different to everyone else in the group. I also just loved Roger’s character! The ending is very good, the rescue that happens is so funny and silly, it has a sort of slapstick humour to it and I just loved reading it and seeing it brought to life in the pictures too.
The illustrations really make this book all the more funny to read. I love the way all the animals look and there are some very funny images when they are all trying to look like humans. I couldn’t help but love the way Roger looks, I just couldn’t stop laughing at all the funny images. Every illustration is in black, white and grey with the illustrations appearing throughout most pages. Almost every double page has some sort of illustration on it, among the text with a few pages having a whole image on one side, while other pages feature some fun borders. Every time Mr Bold tells a joke it’s illustrated and I just love the way the whole book feels with the pictures, it definitely makes it much more fun to read!
I have really enjoyed this second book in the series and I can’t wait to read more! So far this book is my favourite and I can really recommend it. Children will just love it and any adults with a silly sense of humour will also love to read this too!
Have you read any books in this series? What do you think about animals dressing up and living as humans? Let me kow what you thing in the comments below :n)