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review 2018-09-23 20:35
RatBurger - David Walliams

Book Blurb: Meet Zoe. She's got a lot of things to be unhappy about... Her stepmother is so lazy she asks Zoe to pick her nose for her. And the school bully loves flobbing on her head. Worst of all, the dastardly Burt has terrible plans for her pet rat. I can't tell you what those plans are, but there's a clue in the title of the book...

 

What I thought: Having read his book now, I can understand David Walliams's appeal to the young readers - he is a clever narrator with a wicked sense of humour. There is a clear right and wrong, good and disgusting; bad people get punished and the good - rewarded. There is a level of shock and grossness in the story line that is always appealing to children, and of course a happy ending! Ratburger has all of the above and makes it for an entertaining read. 

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review 2017-06-23 18:03
I'm conflicted
Grandpa's Great Escape - David Walliams

I am struggling with how to express my feelings about Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams. This is due to the fact that this man might actually be a bigger Roald Dahl fan than myself and his writing definitely reflects that. I don't think that Walliams makes any bones about this but I do think that if you've read Dahl's works it will be difficult not to compare the two which leaves Walliams falling a bit short. (Sorry!) Read on its own merit, it's a great little book which touches on topics which I think are really important in middle grade fiction. Our main character, Jack, has a very special relationship with his grandfather who was a fighter pilot in WWII. Their relationship is a unique one which is further complicated by the fact that his grandpa has Alzheimer's disease and believes he is once again in the midst of the Battle of Britain. Jack's parents are torn about what to do with the old man but Jack is adamant that he continue to spend time with him...until the vicar puts an idea into their heads about the old folks home beyond the moors. In typical Dahl fashion, Walliams fashions a slapstick comedy amidst flashbacks to WWII and serious discussions over elderly care and familial loyalty.

 

What I didn't care for:

  • What felt like blatant ripoffs of Dahl's works as well as his illustrator, Quentin Blake

 

What I legitimately enjoyed:

  • The approach and handling of serious discussions revolving around elderly care and Alzheimer's
  • The glossary at the back which discussed in more detail the topics touched on in the book such as the Royal Air Force, Battle of Britain, etc.

 

I'd love to know what you guys think so please check the book out and leave a comment below. :-)

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-01-25 01:34
A child size thriller
Awful Auntie - David Walliams

This is a thriller for children.

 

The story centred in Stella who wake up from a coma from an accident that killed her parents. 

 

It also involved a villain, the awful auntie in the book title.

 

It got nice illustrations. 

 

Image result for awful auntie

 

It is a nice read because the girl, Stella, has been acting her age, that makes this a whole lot sweeter and funnier. 

 

Good story. Got some plots twist here and there. Overall. Very enjoyable. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-01-22 14:05
The most wonderful book on gender expression
The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams,Quentin Blake

Wonderful book written in simple language that children could understand.

 

Yet the values and the message behind the book is not simple at all.

 

Why are person judge so harshly because of the way they dress? Why? What for?

 

A child could wear whatever they want and it is fine. And when the child become adult, the same rule applies. 

 

Could not recommend highly enough. I would give it extra star just for an easy read and meaningful with load of humour. 

 

A boy Dennis wore a dress because... he wants to. He does not need to have a reason beside it make him feel special and it is fun to do.

 

Cheers for that. 

 

 

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video 2016-04-20 08:52
The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams,Quentin Blake

I wonder how the mind works.

 

I wonder why watching this bullied boy, being called gay, as if being gay is not fantastic, show his talent on British Got Talents. 

 

I like the dance, he is skilled and have good balance. 

 

Children should be allowed to do what they want to do as long as it is not harming themselves or others. Children should not be limited by their gender. 

 

This boy reminded me of this book The Boy in the Dress. I have not read it yet, but that's what this teenager reminded me of.

 

So I linked them together here. 

 

Maybe this clip reminds you of something else, or some other books. 

 

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