The Bolds

From the Series The Bolds

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

The Bold family seems fairly normal: they live in a nice house, the parents have good jobs, and they all love to have fun. One slight difference: they’re hyenas. That’s right—they’re covered in fur, have tails tucked into their clothes, and really, really like to laugh.

For years, the Bolds have kept their true identities under wraps. But now the neighbors are getting suspicious, and the Bolds are getting homesick. During a trip to the local wildlife park, they meet an old hyena who is going to be put down, and the Bolds have to act fast to save him—without revealing their secret!

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 288
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV019000, JUV002000, JUV030050
Dewey 823.92
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 4.9531 x 7.7969
Lexile 730
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 181024
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Teacher Magazine 50 Sensational Books of Summer, Winner, 2016
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2016
  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • Shelf Awareness 10 Best Books of the Year, Winner, 2016


Shelf Awareness

“Middle-graders will revel in the low-brow silliness, with delightful illustrations of the joyful, sharp-toothed hyena family by British artist David Roberts. The Bolds is not pure frivolity, it’s also a celebration of ingenuity, tolerance, untiring good humor and big hyena hearts.”—starred, Shelf Awareness

Booklist Online

“In its quirky, unique way, this explores themes of family and what constitutes human nature. Filled with jokes . . . this entertaining tale will make readers chortle. A good choice for reluctant readers and fans of Captain Underpants.”—Booklist Online

School Library Journal

“This fast-paced read . . . [has] enough wacky situations and outright jokes . . . to engage reluctant readers. . . . Underscoring the slapstick appeal is a message about understanding others’ differences. . . . Fans of Roald Dahl will find much to appreciate here.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“In this humorously off-kilter tall tale . . . Roberts’s manically expressive b&w illustrations capitalize on the unapologetically silly premise . . . as Clary mixes animal fact with imaginative, entertaining fiction.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he book’s hilarious plot and abundant illustrations make it a top choice for reluctant readers. . . . Wildly original and very funny.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Julian Clary

Julian Clary is a comedian, entertainer, and novelist who has toured across the world with his one-man shows. He lives in Kent, England, with his partner, dogs, and several chickens.

Illustrator: David Roberts

David Roberts has illustrated many books for young readers. He lives in London.