R abominably Zoe s father has retreated into himself immensely since her mother died and soon after he lost his dream job in the ice cream factory Now he spends all of his days drowning his sorrows in the pub reluctant to hunt too hard for another job One of the only perks of Zoe s life is her new pet rat Armitage DON T ask how she gave him his name but if you do know have a good giggle with me in the comments Like her pet before him she starts to teach him tricks and dreams of the day when she can leave the bullies at school behind and start her own performing animals showHowever this wouldn t be a David Walliams book without a bit of trepidation an unfortunate incident and a dastardly villain and our poor heroine happens to come across a very nasty individual who has grand plans for Armitage Zoe then nds up in a very precarious situation where she must rescue her pet rat from a dangerous and hugely gruesome nding at the hands of a very odd man who makes very special burgers for a livingThis book is perfect for your average middle grade reader and like very other book I ve read from this author the humour is just right for that age group and perhaps Uncommon Wisdom even for a slightly immature adult like myself Themes like death bullying being a bit different chasing your dreams and family dynamics are introduced for the younger reader very delicately and at no time did I feel it was too much or inappropriate There are a couple of ruder bits but I promise you they re incredibly tame and are likely to make a child chuckle rather than scarring himher for life I ve heard this described on Goodreads as of a boy s book but I one hundred percent dispute that statement I can tven imagine why the reviewer thought it was aimed towards the male sex I think both boys and girls would Unseen City enjoy itually And hey a brave female lead is ALWAYS appreciated here on this blog so thank you David Walliams for giving us Zoe a determined dreamy young girl who knows what she wants and will stop at nothing until she gets it despite the hardship she may suffer along the wayFor my full review and many please visit my blog at This one was FAB Read it to my boys and all three of us loved it I borrowed this off a tiny person in my family who said it was a little bit terrifying I can see what he means actually I ve read a lot of Children s books uoted because not all ch. Ng novel the story of a little girl called Zoe Things are not looking good for Zoe Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery mainly by flobbin.
Maybe not the best of David Walliams works but I still liked itLiked little Zoey and Armitage I obviously Art enjoyed Raj s appearance but if i had to recommed David Walliams to you this would not be the first choice This is a pretty fast paced book and a nice uick read Injoyed this book I love David Walliams He really is like roald Dahl and Dahl is my fave Its just great fun and creepy Perfect My second book review is on Ratburger by David WalliamsThis is a humourously descriptive book which I believe would be of interest to the seven to nine age groupIt has ongoing humourous footnotes which is a concept children need to become aware of for their future God Is in the Crowd educational life It introduces Death and the process of dealing with it It develops tension and mystery It illustrates the societal realities of Outsourcing by big Business It uses descriptive adjectives such as Menagerie It allows the children to see that there is usually someone worse off than they areThe story is of a little girl seeking to follow her dreams while making the transition to Big School Among the thrills and spills of the story are a sadness visited upon the girl followed by an uplifting comeuppance for the bad guys with anntertaining Shawshank Redemption style Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard escape plan thrown in for good measureThis book would be good for independent readers or as a teaching tool forxamining themes such as loneliness isolation or issues such as bullyingDavid Walliams Chrissi and I have made no secret of the fact that we love David Walliams writing for children and we ve covered a few books now of his in our Kid Lit challenge so it was a bit of a no brainer whether we would be putting another of his books up this year for discussion Ratburger was another absolute joy to read and as before the illustrations by Tony Ross were just the icing on the cake In fact if I consider all the David Walliams books we ve read so far I m struggling to pick a favourite This is a line up where The Matriarchs (The Family each book is special and individual in its own rightach one has a host of glorious characters of heroes to adore and villains to despise and Ratburger is another wonderful treat Notes for the Everlost easily comparable to all the othersIn this story our protagonist is a small girl called Zoe who lives with her beloved father andvil stepmother Sheila who is addicted to prawn cocktail crisps and treats her step daughte. The fifth screamingly funny novel from David Walliams number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country Hot on the heels of bestselling Gangsta Granny comes another hilarious action packed and touchi.
Ildren s books should only be read by children and I ve found the are generally two types those that speak down to their audiences and those that speak up to them No doubt it is the latter that are the best those that don t treat their readers like well childrenThis book was for lack of a better word a little My kid and I have grown to love the David Williams books and When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) even my daughter adored RatBurger The characters are fantastic and it is wonderful how Williams is able to dig below stereotypes to reveal beautiful people underneath them The books speak of social injustice the affects of parental alcoholism and abuse bullying and many other issues in a way that is subtle and mesmerising and I feel like my kids grow a little bit in their tolerance for l autrui withach book that we read No wonder his has become a sensation of late Read all of his books this one is a pretty darn good place to start And say hi to Raj for me This book has the cleverest literary No Biggy! ending of perhaps any book I vever read It hasn t got anything to do with the story ither In all Walliams other books and films there is a corner shop owner Raj who supplies the schoolchildren with sweets and sympathy although his business methods are somewhat dubious and definitely not hygenic In the last chapter he complains that he isn t in the book uite audaciously he goes on that his legion of fans will not stand for this Through the xtremely funny and brilliant writing he becomes not just a figure from Walliams other books but a real person who has written the afterwordIf the book wasn t really good anyway it would be worth it for that last chapter But it is really good and really disgusting Full of spite malice vermin poisonous food and prawn cocktail crisps School lunches never considered the Attracting Birds to Your Backyard epitome of culinary dining are appalling what they are is read the titleOn reading the book Time for a little light relief Zoe s rat is called Armitage Shanks She doesn txplain to anyone how she came by that name Do you know If you are in the UK you might I never read David Walliams as a kid I was just a bit too old when he started writing but I decided to try out two of his books for the fun of it over lockdown They are wonderful Even though I m reading them as an adult I found them amusing fast paced and very much like Roald Dahl I wish I d had them when I was little. G on her head And now the vil Burt from Burt's Burgers is after her pet rat And guess what he wants to do with it The clue is in the titleFrom the author that is being called 'a new Roald Dahl' Ratburger is not to be missed.
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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi award winning sketch show Little Britain His debut children's novel The Boy in the Dress was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl