Charlie and Lola and the worlds of Lauren Child

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent

Character: Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trentís parents were extravagant socialisers. UNFORTUNATELY, one of the drawbacks of extravagant socialising is that IT TENDS TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE. They hadnít noticed that the bills were piling up because they didnít know what a bill was. As far as they were concerned, a brown-paper envelope was VERY USEFUL FOR WRITING SCRABBLE SCORES ON. It was left to their ONE AND ONLY CHILD-GENIUS SON, Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent, to sort out Ė for he was the only one in the family aware that MONEY DID NOT, AFTER ALL, GROW ON TREES.


  • Design a board game based on snakes and ladders that tells the story of Hubert and his parents. This can be done individually or as a whole class activity with each square being A4 and becoming a classroom display.
  • Make up some double barrelled surnames for other people the Bobton- Trents may know. Parameters can be introduced to help pupils such as choose a place name and a type of job Ė Pilkington Plumbers.
  • Design an invitation for a party held by the Bobton-Trents. Think about the type of party, the language used and the look of the invitation.
Hot seating/Rolling interview
Lauren Child tells the story from Hubert's point of view. Can the
children think about the story from the point of view of the parents?
Pupils take on the role of either Mr or Mrs Bobton-Trent.
Hot seat - a volunteer takes the seat (like in a chat show) and the
'audience' are invited to ask questions (these should be prepared by
the children beforehand in pairs or groups after some initial discussion
of the key events of the story. Encourage the use of open questions
which will give the interviewee a chance to expand on the answers).
Hint: It's often good for the teacher/other adult to take on the role first to demonstrate. Choose a child to take over and answer two questions. Give the interviewee permission to pass on any difficult question. Continue with different pupils playing the part of the Bobton-Trents. This could be recorded on audio, video or in written form, with the possibility of adapting it to 'chat show' or script format.

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