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The Boy in the Dress
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2011
I have never given a thought to David Walliams as a childrens writer, he certainly has the gift of being able to make children laugh out loud. My grandchildren were delighted and we will certainly be looking out for more.
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on 27 February 2014
My 10 yr old son could read adequately but I could never find any books that really made him want to read for pleasure, which was the only way he was really going to progress. Friends at school were reading Harry Potter etc and he was still struggling through easy Roald Dahl books and reading was a chore. Then I bought some David Walliams books for Christmas and the whole thing has changed. He absolutely loves them. Since Christmas he has nearly read them all (he has 1 and a bit more to go) which is unheard of for him, he would normally pretty much take a year to read so many books! Now he reads in bed, on the bus and even just at odd moments at home - David Walliams is brilliant. His books are funny, absorbing and relevant to modern children without being too "right on". I can't recommend them highly enough. The words and lines are well spaced on the pages which makes it easier for children to read them and there is heightened satisfaction for children who struggle with reading as they get through the chapters and fairly thick books really quickly and feel pleased with themselves as well as simply enjoying the books. The drawings are fun too. My six year old, who is a better reader than my elder son for his age, is probably not quite up to the standard required to read these books. He has nevertheless taken to reading them and can only benefit from it. I would recommend these books for any children as everyone loves them, parents struggling to find books to engage reluctant readers should definitely get one to try. Thank goodness for authors like this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
We are big big fans of David Walliams in our household, but this isn't the best one he's done, that said it is not too far off the mark, and if you are working your way through the whole set you wont be too disappointed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2012
i bought this book for my grandson and he is so pleased with it. i can't wait to read this book myself. i'm waiting in line for my turn tho i'm afraid as my other grandchildren want to read it too.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2011
I read this book before I gave it to my grandchildren aged 8 and 10 years. I enjoyed David Walliam's writting style very much. I was impressed with his ability to cover the issue of 'difference' in such a funny and entertaining way.
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on 3 March 2014
Though aimed at children nine plus I know of some parents who question the age appropriateness of some of the content of this novel. For myself, I felt the book (a first for Walliams) had great child appeal and was essentially innocent enough. My only real criticism being the ending which didn't sit at all well with me given the message that prevailed throughout the rest of the book.

A tale of what it is to feel you do not fit in, a story of what it is to feel you are different. Humorous and yet moving. With mum no longer on the scene this is the story of the twelve year old Dennis , his big brother, John, and their lorry driver dad.

Though not without some characters verging on the stereotypical (Raj, the Asian shopkeeper, Dennis' dad, the fat lorry driver) it was a refreshing change to have a lone parent who happens to be male instead of the usual female. And with the patka wearing Darvesh and his football mad mum (not to mention the football playing, fashion loving Dennis himself) this is a novel full of wonderfully diverse characters which no doubt (helped by Quentin Blake's illustrations) gave rise to Walliams being regarded as the new Roald Dahl in some circles.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
I enjoyed t he book!
It was funny and sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a girl!
I would recommend it and if you are a bit bored then you should go and put a dress on for a change!
Stop doing the same things and try something new!
Anyway great book and only book I have got left to read is Ratburger and I'm sure it is as funny as his other books!
Read this book
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2012
I am 10years old and this was a fab book to read. Once again, David Walliams has written a charming, hillarious, meaningful book.
Raj,the famous shopkeeper, has appeared again this time however with more ridiculous offers. David Walliams writes inspiring books appropriate for ages of 7-12 as some parts are rather rude.
He writes about his experiences and puts them through a character in the book.
Truly an eye-opening, glamorous, sophisticated book!
I read this bok within 2 days because I was so intigued and that's the same with his other classics: Mr Stink (a tramp who makes a friend), Billionaire Boy (a superior rich kid who tries to make a REAL friend) and Gangsta Granny(an ederly crown-jewel stealer.)

YOU MUST READ IT!
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on 6 February 2015
Without doubt, one of the most enjoyable novels I have read in a long time. It is present day and follows the innocence and naivety of childhood.
A 12 year old boy has to cope with the break-up of his parents' marriage. He finds that living in a male only home becomes intolerable as the colourfulness of the family becomes lost. Then one day he notices a colourful magazine which he finds comforting. A female school-chum shares his new discovery and together they play at dressing-up; not as a cowboy or a nurse or even as a Dalek; but as a female?
The story is not sexual in any way, nor does it contain swear words or violence, it simply addresses a fairly common and widespread problem as seen through the eyes of an innocent child who copes with a situation in the best way he can.
There is humour throughout this story and I am pleased to say it has a happy ending ... :o)

I believe no-one could be offended by the content of this book and I would recommend it to everyone.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2008
I have to say that I throughly enjoyed this book. Walliams has come up with something different and challenging for young readers and i think it is very important to applaud this. It is not often that you come across a big name children's book that deals with issues outside of normative girl/ boy roles. I found myself involved in and moved by this book and my cousin (who I read the book with) certainly agrees with me! If you're looking for the kind of book that sends out positive messages about diversity and acceptance without it coming off as a lesson or a lecture, then this really is a kids book worth taking a look at.
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