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Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton Trent by Lauren Child

Lauren Child is best known for her hugely popular Charlie and Lola series, but it is well worth taking a closer look at her picture books for slightly older readers.  They are deliciously quirky and full of her trademark ear for language.  One of my favourites is Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton Trent.  Hubert lives in New York with his charming but feckless parents, who squander the family fortune through a combination of generosity and ditsyness.  Luckily, super-brainy Hubert, and his best friend, Stanton Harcourt III, are on hand to save the day.