Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Disney-Hyperion (2005-05-25)
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Amazon DescriptionBoy genius Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent-H for short- is the answer to his rich parents' prayers. He is their dear companion, their fiercest board game adversary, and their frequent guest at parties. But this prodigy's parents don't share his knack at accounting-and they can't imagine ever running out of money. Will Hubert be able to save the Bobton-Trent's fabulous estate - or might they be just as happy without it, after all? With exuberant collage illustrations and a hilarious text, award-winning author and illustrator Lauren Child has created an irreverent story about the true value of money and the dividends of happiness.
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Here’s hoping the Charlie & Lola gravy train might somewhere grind to a halt so Child can spend more time creating her highly stylized and extremely funny stories for characters like That Pesky Rat and Hubert Horatio, who may be insufferably entitled, and speaks like a hyper-educated prat, but who nevertheless cheerfully adapts to the news that his moneyed, aristocratic family is running on fumes. Some readers may find Hubert (and Lola, for that matter) a little precious, still there’s nothing vaguely snarky about this story, which insists on seeing the best of people’s resiliency beneath their respective surfaces. Featuring championship ping pong and a family patriarch turned enthusiastic doorman.
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