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"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth" – Telegraph Books of the Year
"Witty, warm and enjoyable" – Daily Express
“David William’s third book for children is a neat combination of hilarity and morality in the best spirit of the master story-teller of the genre, Roald Dahl” – Julia Eccleshare
About the Author
Since 2008 David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His most recent book RATBURGER,immediately went to no.1 in the children’s chart, while the PB of his previous title, GANGSTA GRANNY, currently dominates the UK charts and has sold over 100,000 PBs on top of 370,000+ HBs and 36,000 ebooks (Bookscan July 2013). Today, David is the fastest growing Children’s author in the UK. His books have been translated into 30+ languages and sold over 2 million copies in the UK alone.
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- ASIN : 0007516665
- Publisher : HarperCollins Children's Books (1 March 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780007516667
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Item Weight : 320 g
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Anu Arora on 30 September 2018
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But his writing style is terrible, to the point where he would not be published, in a million years, if his celebrity wasn't guaranteeing sales. It's inconsistent in the sense that the vocabulary, and sentence construction, slip between being for a 3 year old and a 15 year old. And giant chunks of the book consist of long, long, long lists that he believes to be very funny. For instance he talks about the awful meals served by the school's dinner lady. A couple of examples - perhaps dandruff soup and bat-vomit pie - would have served to illustrate the level of surrealism, but he insists on devising the entire week's menu , with starters, main courses, desserts and alternatives for each - running to 5 or 6 pages. Similarly, after the 'hilariously' named Peter Bread starts work at the school, Walliams makes the point that some names are just not good if you want to have control of a class - and invents several pages of them. There are several more such exhaustive lists in the book - and indeed all his books that I've read so far - and they're a massive yawn. It's the kind of writing every primary school kid produces, believing completeness to be necessary, and obsessing over details they think are hilarious. Half decent writers know to work in just enough detail to create ambience, whilst also pushing on the story.
Walliams produces reasonably imaginative stories - nothing to write home about - but would be better off working with a ghost writer and a better editor.
Billionaire Boy Is a really funny book, with morals to the story cleverly woven in so that it doesn't feel preachy, but a perceptive child with a good heart (which most of them are), will pick up on. Many of David Walliams jokes have had me laughing out loud!
Still relatable in terms of school days even in my 40s. I'd say this is definitely a book suitable for all ages, which will provide a lot of enjoyment for adults and children alike. I will no doubt read more of his books in the future, based on my experience with this one.
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by Ramona aged 9