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The Midnight Gang Hardcover – 3 Nov 2016
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PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
“A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale… hilarious” – Amanda Craig, The Times
“I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole, Guardian
“The new Roald Dahl” – Evening Standard
"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth" – Telegraph Books of the Year
“Ridiculously over-the-top and utterly delightful “ – Spectator
"Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air" – Sun
“David Walliams’ children’s books are now guaranteed bestsellers… watch this fly off the shelves” – Daily Mail
“Delightfully funny” – Metro
About the Author
Since 2008 David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His bestselling eight novels have been translated into over forty languages and have sold over eight million copies in the UK alone. Walliams’ books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.
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 four Number One bestselling picture books together, as well as six of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels – Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny, Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie and Grandpa’s Great Escape.
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Top Customer Reviews
Walliams sets his tale (almost) entirely within the confines of a hospital, one with shortages and cut-backs, and the children's equivalent of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
It feels a little like Matilda, which I'm sure the author would be happy to hear, and is just full of heart. He concentrates more on story in this and his last book, and lets his natural humour take the reigns, ditching the over-the-top jokes that made Ratburger and Awful Auntie more forced.
Tom is our protagonist, brought disoriented into Lord Funt Hospital after a nasty bang to the head by a cricket ball at his boarding school. After meeting a naive doctor and s a scary-looking porter, he ends up on the children's ward with a collection of long-term residents, some in plaster, some very ill.
But he soon notices there is something strange going on. The children sneak out from the ward at night, past the controlling and Trunchbull-like Matron. Just where are they going? What are they doing? And what is the... Midnight Gang??
One of the simplest stories Walliams has come up with, it's also one of the more effective. A simple us-vs-them story, much like Matilda, it encompasses some powerful themes.
Tom is the best-characterised of the children, the others in the ward are fairly sketchily drawn, apart from Sally (whose poor health means she is stuck in bed when the others sneak out). Tom hates his school and misses the parents he feels don't love him or want him around. None of the children in fact seem to have family to visit, hence their bonding together as a unit.Read more ›
His writing style is superb and his stories are magical and really make you feel like you're there with the characters.
10/10 and I would recommend this book to everyone.
Also, how was my first review? :)
Now, no hospital stay is the ideal place for a child but you can make it as much of an adventure as is possible. David Walliams is an ideal guide and he takes you through the wards to meet people who make the hospital run as smoothly as it can.
Next time you go into a hospital to visit someone or if you’re unfortunate to break a leg like Tom – even if you just walk past one in London especially, take a look up and you may just see the sign saying Lord Funt Hospital….the hospital is just the start of the adventures. What if there was a door which led to places such as the Antarctic?
The drawings from the multitalented Tony Ross just make this a delight of a book. But what was the moment I screamed with joy? Raj makes a star appearance! Yay for Raj!
Placed on the children’s ward due to his concussion, so we meet the other patients already there, all of them twelve apart from little Sally who is only ten. Although never mentioned us adults, and unfortunately some children will be all too aware of what this little girl is suffering from. Meeting some of the hospital staff we see the matron doesn’t like children, and although the porter may look quite ugly and warped, his heart is more than in the right place.
As Tom finds out what his fellow young patients get up to at night so he wants to join the midnight gang and have some fun and excitement.
In all this is a wonderful tale about friendship, helping others, not going on first appearances and the dishonesty that goes on around us all the time. With big themes such as these Walliams creates something that is easy to follow and full of fun which hopefully will mean our children will take in lessons on life, and its ups and downs.
Fully illustrated throughout by Tony Ross I must admit I had just as much fun reading this as younger readers, and this was a real pleasure to read. There is a guest appearance by Raj, who due to an unfortunate accident is a patient in the hospital, and with this hardback edition you do get a freebie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book for every age.I loved this book!My favourite book yet out of this outstanding series.Are u going to buy it?I hope u do.PeacePublished 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book for my son who enjoys reading D Walliams book. He thoroughly enjoyed the book that he just couldn't keep it down for a minute and fi shed reading in two days. Read morePublished 1 day ago by veena
The only thing I did not like was the part where his mum and Dad left him on the step of a hospitalPublished 2 days ago by miss k brearley
I liked Tom he was cool and looked out for Sally even though she was really ill and looked weardPublished 3 days ago by CT(55__4(:55354357:(ghost)
My daughter was not an avid reader until she started reading Walliams' books. I am delighted to see her so hooked. Having read some together aloud, they are excellently written.Published 3 days ago by J. Simon
My niece was very happy with this for her Christmas present. She loves reading and David Walliams books are her favourite. Arrived in time and in perfect conditionPublished 4 days ago by sarah
I bought this book for my friends daughter whom loves David William books. I've bought her some previously Gangsta Granny, Ratburger, Mr Stink, Demon Dentist to name a few and she... Read morePublished 4 days ago by AznDelite
I haven't read this book myself as it was a gift for my 7 year old son and he read this within 3 days - he couldn't put it down! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Clare Selsby