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Footie and Cross-Dressing
on 14 January 2015
I've already read a couple of David Walliams' novels in the past, and of course with this being on TV over the Christmas period it was inevitable that I would want to read this book as well. What I find with Walliams' books are that although primarily for children, for adults they still make fun reading and so are more a type of family book, where we can all be entertained. Of course if you are reading this after seeing the TV dramatisation I don't expect you will be surprised that you find this very slightly different. The main story is the same, but there were a few comic pieces added that don't appear in the book.
Dennis is a normal seeming twelve year old boy. He lives with his older brother and father, as their mother walked out a couple of years before. Dennis does have one extraordinary secret though, and that is that he does like looking at women's fashions. Nothing would have gone any further than that until he becomes friends with Lisa, a slightly older schoolgirl. And so for Dennis his life is about to enter a new and challenging path, as he actually tries on dresses, and becomes his alter ego, Denise, and even plays the girl at school.
This is a fun and comic tale, but it does have a more sensitive and thoughtful side to it. As Dennis gets into troubles and problems this story helps to remind us all that we are not all the same, and we must show tolerance for others. What will happen to Dennis here, and more importantly what will happen with the football match which could give his school team a chance of glory?
So, in all this is well worth reading whatever age you are at, from nine years and older, after all what could be more interesting than football and cross-dressing? David Walliams does remind us also in this book about a certain problem that women face, indeed he does know all about it due to characters he has played in the past, and that is that high heels are not really that comfortable or practical. We also have here great illustrations by Quentin Blake.