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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. 

 

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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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review 2015-06-14 16:41
Awful Auntie - David Walliams

Even though generally David Walliams books are hit and miss, I just keep reading them, hoping to find another one that is good. Did I like this one? At times, yes, but mostly no.

Stella was a great character, it wasn't her fault. She was the reason why I gave the book 2 stars at all. Even though her life is turned upside down, even with the loss she has suffered, she keeps on fighting. But she also shows emotion, we can see that she is terribly sad, and afraid. Yet, with the help of Soot, she continues her fight against her auntie and her auntie's evil plan. Even though she grew up in this big house, she wasn't that spoiled. Maybe it had to do with the fact her parents were practically poor, thanks to the awful auntie. Still it was refreshing to see a girl in a big mansion not being a total princess about everything.

Soot was an interesting character, though I knew what he was, his role and everything else, from the start. It was just so obvious that it would be odd had it been something else entirely. He was a good friend to Stella, though I felt sorry for the idea that she would lose him so soon. His accent was a bit annoying and it took me some time to get through the parts that featured him talking.

Aunt, urgh, most horrendous character ever. Dear Lord, I do wonder why no one took action against her, why no one could see how she was, how no one had any idea. Her brother (Stella's dad) was just way to generous, he should have said no from the start, instead of letting it go on like this.
She is terribly evil, like a devil has possessed her. It was just creepy and disturbing, she was a horrendous character, not only in attitude but just generally as well. She had no value, but being a villain and a bad person. It would have been nice if there had been some growth, though I guess with the fact she was evil from the beginning, there is no helping her.

The Owl, Wagner, was an interesting addition to the story, though he was horrendous in the beginning, mean, bleh and all that (but I mostly blame Auntie for that), I liked how he was at the end.

The revenge plan? It was fun, but was that toilet part necessary? It felt silly, unnecessary and quite disgusting to read it. Pee and poo "humour" isn't something I want to see in books.

The story itself, it felt like it could have easily be done with 100 or so pages less, now it felt unnecessary and overkill. Which is a shame. And at times the story was just really disgusting (the whole feeding Stella food that was mix and pulverized by an owl? Ewwwwwww.

Because that is also what the problem is with the books, they are over-the-top, overkill and trying way too hard to be funny. Trying to be funny is one thing, when it works, but this just feels like someone is trying to hard to make sure people laugh, trying to insert any silly situation or puns.

The ending was just a bit too dramatic and too much for me. I had hoped for something else, but instead even the ending had to be silly and weird like the rest of the book. It was also a bit disgusting.

The illustrations are still fantastic and I still really like them, and they are still another big reason why I still read these books.

Would I recommend this book? If you don't mind an over-the-top, trying to hard to be funny plot and a terrible character, then sure, read this one.

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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