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The Boy in the Dress Paperback – 1 March 2013
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‘[Walliams’ books] are brilliantly, beautifully and seemingly effortlessly written … Mr Dahl finally has a worthy successor’ Telegraph
‘Walliams understands something crucial about children and stories’ Metro
“A great comic tale… Walliams is a natural wit” – Evening Standard
"Well written, funny, touching" – Observer
"A passionate celebration of individuality" – Telegraph
"Believable characters and a story that's original and intriguing” ***** – Heat
“Charming, funny” – The Times
“Has a lovely, Dahlian fluency to it” – Time Out
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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- Publisher : HarperCollins Children's Books; new edition (1 March 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007516649
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007516643
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As is clear from the title, there is an attempt to make children more tolerant to cross-dressing. What bothered me was a little bit about the boy's dad's " rude magazines" and how the boy prefers books where the ladies have clothes on. Completely inappropriate, I thought.
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But to the boy in the dress and all that that is about.
I approached it like we all do. What was his first book? Was it any good? A fan of Dahl, especially when reading to my 7 and 6 year olds, who are now mid to late twenties and ancient like their Dad, is it worth my effort? Read some Amazon reviews, I thought. Some were positive. Others were concerned with fat jokes and the likes. I am 23 stone so thought stuff it, give it a go and buy this and the Buck House one.
I began this one first, for obvious reasons and had 80 pages done very quickly. It is a great and an easy read. The characters are equally good too, from Dennis who becomes Denise, to Hawtrey, who reminded me of me when at school, to the French teacher who wails and the Dad who puts the teacher in his place - memories of my Dad when a teacher who ran in the Olympics threatened my elder brother and Dad waded in etc - all of them are brilliant little characters. But for me, the one we call Raj, now that is a creation of genius. Where did Mr. Walliams get him from? Arkwright but in a Sikh? So funny, especially with the big reveal at the end with Mr. Hawtrey. That was unexpected, but had me laughing and coughing in glee. I am supposed to be recovering from this virus, but the laughing hurt.
I am not going to tell the story. I am sure you all know it by now, but safe to say that I have now begun reading the Buck House one and am loving reading all over again. For that, I thank Mr. Walliams and his ability to spin a yarn about a lonely young lad who misses his Mum, who is in love with the girl of his dreams and finds himself with her, if only in a way he could never expect.
Yes, I looked for the fat jokes, but Mac only reminded me of a lad I used to teach, who was foulsome and horrid, so Mac was a blessing in a disguise. Dad was me, in a nutshell. Mess with my kid and you get told what I think. Lisa made me remember several thirteen year olds who wanted to be nineteen too quickly and Dennis just reminded me of that kid in every school who you see and try to help, because they drop below the radar of brilliance and/or excellence.
The thing I loved though, was the way he ended this one. Two brothers, arms in arms, one protecting the other, in brotherly love as they walk into an uncertain future of pure French Joan D'Arc; now that is pure class.
Buy it. Read it. Devour it. I do hope there is a film of this somewhere, because the scene with the French teacher wailing in the corridor is one I have to see. So darn funny.
A great book that has me reading again. Who knows, I might even be back in the classroom in September because of this. Thank you, David Walliams. Truly appreciated.
He meets a girl in school who's an aspiring fashion desighner who takes him, Dennis, under her wing and teaches him it's okay to be different and himself. He discovers he likes wearing dresses and make up. He develops a crush on the girl. Goes on to detail how he feels when he's caught wearing the dress and how hos Dad and headmaster treats him because of it. All ends well when his school friends and father embrace him.
A great book for any kid struggling with feeling different.
Is these words Anglos's special? Or Mister Williams's special? Or the type inputer not stay focus and the typer inputer's finger still click the same one alaphbet key on the keyboard?