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Demon Dentist Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013
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PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
"Unlike other celebrity authors, Walliams can write; his energetic fairytale will be relished" – The Times
“The joy of David’s books are that he completely understands how children think and feel and is never ever patronising” – The Sun
“David Walliams has become a formidable force in the world of children's literature” – The Sun
“Further proof that Walliams has become a master storyteller” "Walliams manages to infuse his novels with genuine wit and sly commentary" – Heat Magazine
"Comedian David Walliams has taken the publishing world by storm" – The Metro
About the Author
David Walliams – comedian, actor and author – continues to take the children’s literary world by storm. His tenth novel, BAD DAD, was an immediate number one, following the triumph of THE MIDNIGHT GANG, the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2, which published in early 2017, spent four weeks at industry number one and eight weeks at the top of the children’s chart. They have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim – and RATBURGER, DEMON DENTIST and AWFUL AUNTIE have all won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.
David’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks in the children’s number-one spot, and have been translated into 53 languages, selling more than 24 million copies worldwide.
Born in London, Tony Ross went to art school in Liverpool. His cartoons have appeared in famous publications the world over. His first book, HUGO AND THE WICKED WINTER, was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! His creations Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series.
David and Tony have worked on six bestselling picture books together, as well as eight of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels – BILLIONAIRE BOY, GANGSTA GRANNY, RATBURGER, DEMON DENTIST, AWFUL AUNTIE, GRANDPA'S GREAT ESCAPE, THE MIDNIGHT GANG and BAD DAD. David and Tony also collaborated on the 2017 World Book Day title, BLOB, and the two blockbuster short story collections, THE WORLD'S WORST CHILDREN and THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2.
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As mentioned in several other reviews sensitive and younger children will likely find the dentist absolutely terrifying.
I actually soldiered on through the chapter when Alfie is trapped, restrained and tortured by the dentist inwardly preying and expecting for the funny stuff to happen to balance things but it just didn't, she rips all of his teeth out with horrifically described torture instruments and he escapes with no teeth at all.
It IS a funny story (in places) with some great characters as usual, Raj the newsagent is a big favourite of ours but I would definitely NOT recommend this for kids under 10, and especially not for any kids who have the slights fear of dentists!!
We really enjoyed it and It is a good theatrical read to treat the kids to if you still enjoy reading to them as I do.
Well, I have to confess, I have never really paid much attention to the multi-talented Mr. Walliams in any capacity. Some people you just don't take to for absolutely NO REASON at all - and it isn't fair, yet we're all guilty of it whether we admit to it or not, yet whilst in a book shop some time ago, I was drawn to this book which I opened and read the first few paragraphs which had me nearly collapsing to the floor in fits of hysterics, but placed it back on the shelf - and this I did on about three occasions before taking the risk and actually buying it. I wish I'd purchased it first time around! This is one of the VERY, VERY ,VERY best and FUNNIEST books I've ever read, and I've been reading a number of books for young adults and children lately, and as I haven't been well, this has been more than a real TONIC for me! There were numerous occasions when I actually laughed out loud as I read, and I don't ever recall doing that with a book - not ever! The illustrations are FABULOUS from Tony Ross - they're SO full of life, enthusiasm, and in tune with each and every character - they could have been drawn by Walliams himself they seem so accurate and authentic to the personalities!
The characters in this book have SUCH substance to them; characters I will never forget and recall with much humour in `Miss Root' and `Winnie' (the social worker) in particular for as long as I live! Even the characters that played a very small part had marked differences from each other and seemed real!
When I first started the book, I really believed that with what seems rather a substantial read, could not possibly have maintained the same momentum throughout; I really felt it would have to slow down and the humour diminish somewhat with its progress - how wrong I was!! The story and narrative kept up its unique style and quality throughout, and towards the end gave that much needed excitement and unpredictability that any really good children's book of today really needs in bucket loads! There's also surprises; I thought for a long time that the social worker was in league with Miss Root!
From the amusing `KNICKERGATE' encountered with Miss Hare; the mere sight of Winnie crawling through a hole and losing her clothes on the way to reveal a bright orange bra that would hold footballs - and large pink knickers that would house kids in a small tent - to the speeding of the social worker on her moped through the school corridors during the big chase - to hearing Winnie: 'Oh my word - look at the boy's teet' - Alfie: 'my teet?' - to mention just a mere handful of hilarious gems that will have you roll around the floor with laughter in this... Sue Townsend was SPOT ON when she said Walliams' books will become classics! With just a hint of modern technology, (not over done) this story could be set in any era - which is really the secret and type of stuff that makes classics that can be enjoyed for generations! This was SUCH a delightful book and SO enjoyable to read, I was SO sad to reach the end of it - I just wanted it to go on and on and on! I just know I will read it again and again...
I'm particularly impressed to learn that this was not David Walliams' first book, and as so often with good writers, their books do not always get better, and so I see he's written several before this, and I will most certainly be purchasing them ALL - and can't wait to get my teet in to them! (no pun intended!)
Cannot praise this book enough, and if this is the same standard as Mr. Walliams has been turning out since 2008, then long may it continue - and long may he reign for giving so much laughter to kids of all ages - even ones like myself in their sixth decade!!
FABULOUS STUFF & worth every single penny!! (can't believe anyone would give this less than five stars...)
The Demon Dentist is slightly darker than some of his books , with the fact the dentist being a witch who pulls all the kids teeth out but it's outrageous enough to not to be taken seriously . First class *****
Demon Dentist is quite a dark tale and like all of Mr. Walliam's books his story telling is so colourful that the horrors of some of the things going on almost leap off the page right at you.
My daughter was hooked on this book from the moment she opened the cover. And she took great delight in reading to me some of the more gross or scray passages, just to see how my reaction. She loved it! And her younger brother can't wait until he can read it all by himself.
There's no doubt in my mind that David Walliams is one of the best children's authors out there today, giving us books of universal appeal and enjoyment whether you're a girl, a boy, aged 10, 20, 30, 40 or more.
Recommeded reading for child aged 8 and beyond!
The stories are fun and you imagine his voice when reading (well we do anyway) which adds another edge to the moment.
There is just something about him, his fantastic personality spills over into his writing and as with his others this is another book that is a joy to read.
Demon Dentist didn't fail to deliver and has been added to our growing collection of noteworthy children's books.
As the transference of Davids books to screen has become a tradition at christmas all I can say is I cannot wait to watch this one when its hits the TV.
At least we are guaranteed to have one decent non repetitive piece of christmas viewing that all the family can enjoy.
Great writing, please keep it up.
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