Author(s): A. F. Harrold; Sarah Horne (Illustrator)
Fizzlebert Stump lives in a circus. His mum's a clown, his best friend is a bearded boy, and he sticks his head in a lion's mouth every night. Other than that, he's pretty normal. When Fish the sea lion goes missing Fizzlebert tracks down the runaway beast to the Aquarium, with its piratical owner Admiral Spratt-Haddock, invisible octopus, and colour-coded fish. But the Aquarium has problems of its own. Fish (not Fish the sea lion, fish. Keep up.) are going missing, and the Admiral blames the circus. Can Fizzlebert solve the mystery, avoid an over-enthusiastic crocodile, and find his friend?
The story of a boy, a lion, a sea lion, fish (but fewer than there used to be), a possible pirate, a temperamental cook and a very surprising octopus.
I enjoyed this book because it has so many unexpected twists that you never quite know what is going to happen next. Also, there are many ingenious characters who made me laugh. My favourite was the toad-like librarian. (Review of Fizzlebert Stump: the Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library) -- Lucy Minton, age 9 Lovereading4kids This story really will draw you in. It is one of my favourite books that I have ever read and I have read a lot of books! (Review of Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library) -- Adam Graham age 9 Lovereading4kids This fantastic book will blow your mind with their mysterious people and amazing tricks. When I put it down I almost cried because I just wanted to read more of this wonderful book. (Review of Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy.) -- Lennon Kerrigan-Gee, age 10 Lovereading4kids The author keeps the reader gripped by the way he ends each chapter, making you want to read on to find out what happens next. Even my mum enjoyed this book and I had to keep telling her what was happening to Fizzlebert and his friends. (Review of Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy.) -- Freya Hudson, age 10 Lovereading4kids
A.F. Harrold is an English writer, poet and performer for adults and children. He has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7. He is active in schools work, running workshops and slams. He has published two previous Fizzlebert Stump titles and several collections of poetry. He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas and one beard. www.afharroldkids.co.uk, @afharrold