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Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library) [Paperback]

A.F. Harrold
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1 July 2012 Fizzlebert Stump

'There are many boys in the world, all slightly different from one another, and most of them are referred to by names. These are often John or Jack or Desmond, but sometimes they are James or Philip or Simon. Once, and once only, there was a boy whose name was Fizzlebert.'

Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. But although he gets to hang around with acrobats, play the fool with clowns, and put his head in a lion's mouth every night, he's the only kid there - and he's bored. But then Fizz decides to join a library, and life suddenly gets a lot more exciting, when a simple library card application leads to him being kidnapped by a pair of crazed pensioners! Will he ever see the circus again?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (1 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408830035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408830031
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A story of a boy, a book, some very bad people, some very brave deeds, and the importance of rubber teeth for lions.

About the Author

A.F. Harrold is an English poet (1975-present). He writes and performs for adults and children, in cabaret and in schools, in bars and in basements, in fields and indoors. He was Glastonbury Festival Website's Poet-In-Residence in 2008, and Poet-In-Residence at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2010. He won the Cheltenham All Stars Slam Championship in 2007 and has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7. He is active in schools work, running workshops and slams and doing performances at ungodly hours of the morning, and has published several collections of poetry.

He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas and one beard.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and exciting 23 Jun 2012
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This book is a joy! The story is outrageously different, Fizz is a likeable and resourceful hero. His circus friends and family are wonderfully bizarre and the danger he gets himself into is surreal. All along the way is the author's voice commenting on what is happening in a way that genuinely made me laugh out loud. I read it with children aged 6 and 8 and they loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fizzlebert Stump 28 Jun 2012
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Wonderfully ridiculous yet engaging. Some utterly strange characters transport you to the surreal world of AF Harrold who, I believe, is a child trapped in a weirdy beardy man's body. Huzzah! A triumph!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, wonderful, and funny 15 Jun 2012
I love this book. It's the charming, and funny, story of a boy called Fizzlebert Stump, who runs away from the circus to join a library. That much you know from the title. But what you don't know is that it's brilliantly written, with wonderful illustrations throughout. AF Harrold has a unique and distinct voice, and a flair for language that delights the ear, so your kids will love it, and so will you. Fizzlebert is a character that Roald Dahl would envy, and it's impossible not to enjoy his adventure. I only hope there are more stories to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful - but I want more 16 July 2012
The writing is first-rate (as you'd expect from the consummate wordsmith that A F Harrold is), and the pictures are similarly brilliant. The plot, surprisingly, is strangely prosaic, which makes this book unexpectedly better than you might otherwise expect.

When you pick up such a book you expect all sorts of improbable events, including heath-robinson contraptions which achieve remarkable effects; oddly-constructed humanoids with bizarre powers; physics-stretching occurrences which allow impossible events to take place - but everything, and I mean everything, in this book is not only within the realm of the possible, but also in the realm of the everyday. And such is its charm, and, dare I say, its chill.

It describes a particularly nasty experience that happened to two young lads which is slap-bang in the centre of contemporary Britain. The only weirdness you meet is the eccentricity of the people who populate it, all of whom are well within the parameters of the possible, and all described with a precision that suggest that these people actually exist, have been met, and are out there living a life.

I refuse to give this a 5, on the grounds that I wanted there to be more to the plot than there actually was - but I'm pretty damn sure there *will* be more, in due course.

I particularly liked the encounter with the local kids, where Fizzlebert introduces himself:

"Your name is Fizzlebert?" the tallest boy asked. "Really? Fizz? All? Bert?"

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5.0 out of 5 stars audiobook- brilliant listen- great fun 2 May 2013
By Joe
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i really thought this was one of the best audiobooks ive listened to with the kids in my class for years- see previous review- honestly written and narrated brilliantly- please listen and join in the fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantness! 15 April 2013
By gerry
Wonderfully written by the great A.F.Harrold, funny, witty and also a little bit crazy! I loved every moment, and can't recommend this book more highly, I read it aloud to a class of rough and tumble year 7s who loved the characters and the story. Read it!
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