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The Curse of the Bogle's Beard

by Siobhan Rowden (author) and Mark Beech (illustrator) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product description

The proud ruler of a vast pickling empire, Granny Hogsflesh hides some strange-smelling secrets. Everything in her mansion stinks of vinegar and is a hideous shade of purple – including Granny herself. When Barnaby is forced to go and live with Granny after his father’s mysterious disappearance, he quickly realises there’s more to her pickling kingdom than meets the eye. Is she behind what happened to his dad, who, burping and slurping, vanished into the night? Or are some wicked bog-monsters to blame? Soon Barney must infiltrate the disgusting worlds of pickles and monsters to save his family from a sticky ending…

“You’ll laugh, you’ll squirm… you’ll never look at pickling the same way again. Great stuff.” Guy Bass

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Date published

May 3rd, 2012

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 5.0 points

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  • 288 pages


UK edition


  1. fay rusling
    on 4 May 2012

    the curse of bogle's beard

    a truly fun adventure - pickling has taken on a very new meaning for us now.

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 8 March 2014

    I thought it was okay, not that good.

  2. Evie 113313

    on 2 March 2014

    Tremoundusly fantastico! If you like an action-star-wars-type of book this is the right pick from the shelf. Love it!

  3. Bellasara 113282

    on 9 June 2012

    Its a good book, but I think its a bit young for a 12 year old like me, I gave it to my 7 year old sister and she could read it to herself. But the book in itself was good the way it was a mystery and I loved the idea of a gruesome granny running a pickle factory!! You should read this if you are under around 10ish you will find it funny and a good laugh!! :)

    4out of 5
  4. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 12 May 2012

    this book is ok if you lick magic books

  5. Petula 113689

    on 20 April 2012

    its so ool and admirable its totally jokes

    5out of 5
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    on 17 April 2012

    The Curse of the Bogle’s Beard is a BRILLIANT book! When his Dad disappears with all the family money, Barnaby is forced to live with his horrible old Granny. Granny lives in a massive revolting mansion where everything is painted purple, the “royal colour”. She is mad about pickling, and has a pickling factory. She will pickle anything.

    Barnaby begins to believe that Granny has pickled his Dad. He plans a trip to Granny’s forbidden cellar. At the door he hears footsteps and rushes back to his room to find it wrecked. How could Granny be in two places at once…?

    I really enjoyed this page-turning adventure and I would definitely recommend it.

    Freddy, aged 10

    This book was full of adventure and I couldn’t put it down! There are loads of twists and turns and my favourite bit was when they pickled Belchetta Bogle in a vat full of earwax!

    Aaron, age 9