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Meet the Bolds with Julian Clary and David Roberts

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Image of the book cover for The Bolds, by Julian Clary, illustrated by David Roberts

Our author and illustrator of the week are Julian Clary and David Roberts!

You'll love our free book this week! The Bolds written by Julian Clary and illustrated by David Roberts is all about what you might think is a nice, normal family... But they're actually a pack of hairy hyenas!

Watch our exclusive video in which Julian tells you all about the book and David shows you how to draw Mrs Bold! There's also a Q&A and the chance to find out the author and illustrator's favourite children's books.

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Julian Clary and David Roberts's recommended reads

Rupert the Bear by Alfred E. Bestall.

Julian: Rupert’s adventures, but because you know he’ll always make it home in time for tea.

Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen

David: The Sulk, the Tizzy, the Seethe, the Huff – Barbara’s had them all. Now she meets a new mood, the Wobbler, and learns how to deal with it. It's so funny, with brilliant expressive characters!

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Julian: It’s a sad story but when you get to the end of it you feel like you’ve learnt about a whole new world. (Suitable for older readers.)

The Five Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna

David: A joy of story to celebrate our individual uniqueness and oddities with the most enchanting images.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Julian: I read this when I was 11 years old and I’d never been very adventurous until then but when I read about what they got up to in that book and the adventures they had on the boat, I thought ‘this is the sort of life I’m going to lead’.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

David: A beautiful story about growing up and being yourself.

Q&A with Julian Clary and David Roberts

If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?

Julian: I would be Rupert the Bear because of his adventurous life. He can be walking down the road when an eagle will swoop down and take him off to China where he’ll have all manner of adventures before being brought back by the eagle in time for his tea.

David: Ratty from The Wind in the Willows because I would love to spend my days on the river in a little blue rowing boat with my dear friend Mole.

What is the best thing about reading?

Julian: It transports you to another world, it’s the best form of escapism.

David: Being let into someone else’s imagination and seeing where it takes you. Also reading about facts and stuff because it’s so much fun finding things out.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Julian: My all-time favourite book is Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy because it’s such a long story you never want it to end and it almost never does.

David: A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak. It’s a book of kids’ definitions of what and why things are, with gorgeous line drawings by Maurice.

What can you do to get better at reading?

Julian: The same as anything else; if you do a little every day you will get quicker at reading, vocabulary will increase and you’ll learn to enjoy it. Exactly the same rule as if you were doing press ups!

David: I would say read things that you are most interested in.