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Awful auntie by David Williams
Review by sophie age 11
The blurb
From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure

Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret – and slightly spooky – weapon up her sleeve…

What sophie says

To start of it wasn’t one of the best David Walliams books I’ve ever read but not the worse. My favourite part is where the young girl meets the ghost in the cellar. Also I found the letter of complaint from Raj funny and there is even an online potition to sign to bring him back on the next book. Near the end there is a part where she is tricked by her Aunt which I found very clever.

The illustrations were amazing once again and I enjoyed looking at them.

a lot of people that I know like this book but weren’t amazed by it. I would recommend this book to 11yrs and down. Overall I would give this book a three out of five but I will most definitely be reading this again.


A great review Sophie thank you for doing for me x AJ


The boy in the dress by David Walliams

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“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

The sparkling debut children’s novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country, with sparkling new cover look to tie in with later books.

Dennis was different.

Why was he different, you ask?

Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book…

Charming, surprising and hilarious – The Boy in the Dress is everything you would expect from the co-creator of Little Britain. David Walliams’s beautiful first novel will touch the hearts (and funny bones) of children and adults alike.


Firstly I must thank Suzanne for sending me a copy of this book to review. I had seen the television production of it and thought that seeing as I have not read a book by David Walliams I thought it would be a good one to start with.

The story is certainly original and set in modern times which is a nice change for quite a few children’s books that I read. The title really says it all and the book is a about a football loving boy called Dennis that is being brought up by his dad and living with his brother, John, in a house where there is no mention of his mum. He finds this very difficult and has no one to speak to about his feelings. He gets thrown into the company of the coolest girl in school Lisa during detention and they strike up an unusual friendship.

Lisa likes to design and make clothes and talks Dennis into wearing one of her numbers as a joke. The challenge goes a little far when he wears it to school one day and has to pretend to be a French exchange student. Not a great idea when one of the lessons for the day is French!!

The characters are fun and they are not to in-depth so the children reading the book can get to know them quickly and soon laugh along with them.

I love the asides in the book where David Walliams as the author is talking to the reader. It makes you laugh and is a great break to the story.

My daughters are looking forward to reading this book now and hopefully some of his others too.


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Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Ben thinks his Granny is old and boring, whose favourite pastime is eating cabbage. But when Ben has to go and stay with his Granny for a few nights, he soon realises that she is much more interesting than he thinks because she’s a jewel thief. So Ben and his Granny go on a quest, to steal the crowned jewels. As the story progresses the bond between Ben and his Granny grows stronger and stronge, which added an emotional ele…ment to the book.

From the very first page this book had me laughing out loud, so I’m sure it would be a sure winner with children on that note. But what I liked most about the book was that it had a certain depth to it, that you don’t often find in children’s books of this nature. It had funny parts. But it also had sad parts, which I’m sure many of the children reading this story can relate to.

Walliams has written a great feel good book full of laughs and also touching emotion. I really enjoyed reading this book and the bond between grown up and child had a real Matilda feel to it, which was my favourite book growing up. I loved it from start to finish and I’m sure it is a real winner with children too.

About the Author
Since 2008 David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His most recent book DEMON DENTIST, immediately went to no.1 in the children’s chart and sold over half a million copies in less than a year, while the PBs of his previous titles dominate the UK charts. Today, David is the fastest-growing children’s author in the UK. His books have been translated into 40+ languages and sold over 4 million copies in the UK alone. David’s books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim – and both RATBURGER and DEMON DENTIST won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the YEAR



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