Aubrey is a rambunctious boy who tries to run before he can walk and has crashed two cars before he is old enough to drive one. But when his father, Jim, falls under the horrendous spell of the Terrible Yoot, everything changes. With the help of the creatures of Rushing Wood Aubrey sets out to break the spell. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up, even if he must fight the unkillable spirit of despair – The Terrible Yoot – itself!
Funny and fearless, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is a modern-day fable that mixes real family life with fantastical woodland creatures and a more than a touch of myth and mystery, to tackle the theme of depression head on, complemented by powerful line drawings by illustrator Jane Matthews.
It’s the Easter holidays, you’ve just become as small as an earwig, the swallows are back (and offering you rides), and a spider wakes you up in the middle of the night and asks you to save the world. Then, as if that weren’t enough, the Ladybirdz turn up from Bohemia to find Rushing Wood does not want them…
The world of Aubrey, the boy who can talk to animals (and understand the answers), grows larger and faster in this moving and hilarious story from award-winning children’s author Horatio Clare.
If children ran the world…
When the animals start rebelling, and Aubrey is stung by a very polite wasp, he realises there is something weird going on in the valley below Rushing Wood. And as he’s the only boy he knows of who can talk with animals, he is determined to find out what.
With help from his friends Ariadne the house spider, Silvio the silverfish and Lupo the Huskey pup, the young warrior sets out to find the terrible Terrible Spiders and their genius creator Big B and, just maybe, save the world.
Funny and adventurous, Aubrey and the Terrible Spiders touches on how much is expected from children in this era of climate change.
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Praise for the book
Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot:
WINNER of the Branford Boase Award 2016 | Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016
‘Here is writing and storytelling at its best. Here is a wondrous tale … that sweeps you along inside its magic, and its hope. At once bubbling with joy, and at the same time dealing with the great sadness that overcomes so many of us in our lives, the Terrible Yoot of the title. A daring book, beautifully conceived, and supremely well written. Horatio Clare has the voice of a great storyteller. As I said, a joy, a sheer joy!’ Michael Morpurgo
‘A treasure … rambunctious spirit, massive heart, and a poet’s eye. It’s also really funny.’ Frank Cottrell Boyce
‘A poetic and profound story … With captivating drawings by Jane Matthews, it’s a magical wintery adventure told with a unique mix of robust humour and imaginative insight. Highly recommended for children aged eight-plus.’ New Statesman‘s best children’s books of 2015
‘A heartening reminder that while the world may be puzzling and fraught is also full of beauty and magic.’ The Independent
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds:
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2018
Longlisted for the 2018 UKLA Book Awards | Longlisted for the Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018
‘Clare’s debut, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, which dealt magically with the subject of depression, won the Branford Boase award for a first children’s book. This sequel, again about Aubrey, who can talk to animals, tackles big themes, too, in the guise of a fantastical adventure. But it manages to impart its important messages entertainingly. The story celebrates wildlife, compassion, the exhilaration of flight and travel, and has a cast of lively characters.’ Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week
‘I found myself enchanted by this wonderful story. The plethora of insects, mammals and arachnid characters are colourful and superb – this is about intolerance, the environment and natural history – a gorgeous extraordinary mix – like nothing else I have come across… ’ Sue, Waterstones, Finchley Rd
‘This lively chapter book is a funny, smart look at the differences and similarities we share with creatures, great and small.’ BookTrust
‘Complemented by wonderful illustrations, this is a fantastical and fantastic read celebrating the importance of compassion, tolerance, acceptance and the need to appreciate people for who they are. With a cast of small yet larger than life characters, including a diminutive Aubrey, this story has, at its heart, an inspirational message – everyone, even the smallest among us, can change the world.’ Children’s Books Ireland
‘Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds is a fantastic book. Nine year old Noah “absolutely loved it” because it was full of awesome adventure and has slotted it next to Terrible Yoot in his Top Ten books… Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds is a book about the universal truths of love, compassion and kindness – to each other, to the environment and to the animals.’ Family Book Worms