Third and final book in a trio of Walliams books I decided to read this year, and this one is the worst Friendless girl from impoverish background befriends rat and then defends rat against a vile prawn cocktail crisps munching slob of a stepmother and her vile burgervan boyfriend Wall y iams has only one plot and repertoire of characters Friendless child estranged from a single parent, bullied at school for being different, evil or unlikeable step parent, only adviser the ethnic stock character shopkeeper, horrible teachers, lots of silly lists, a pop at Piers Morgan Walliams nemesis , child gets expelled from school, overcomes problem and reunited with estranged parent with saccharine message love is all that matters Boring once you come across this in previous books, mind numbing if it s the third or fourth time This book is childish even for a kiddie book, with constant gooey references about poo, piss, snot, bogies etc Ridiculous dialogue Faulty grammar Tacky prose Unfunny, and even sadistic in places Also I think even some kids would feel patronised by this book After the climactic scene, the book reversed and dragged on and on into an anticlimax A chore to read The writing and plot were so dull, this book has earned a space on my chewing gum for the brain shelf.Verdict Walliams is a shit writer. This one was FAB Read it to my boys and all three of us loved it. 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 Touching 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 Flobbing On Her Head And Now The Evil 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 La verdad es que la historia es bastante extra a, el libro fue divertido de leer, sin embargo siento que 300 p ginas es demasiado para ense ar a los ni os a luchar por sus sue os, con la mitad hubiera sido suficiente.Tambi n hubieron escenas un tanto crudas y con un lenguaje no tan delicado como se esparter a en un libro infantil.Rese a Completa My second book review is on Ratburger by David Walliams.This is a humourously descriptive book which I believe would be of interest to the seven to nine age group.It has ongoing humourous footnotes which is a concept children need to become aware of for their future 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 are.The 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 an entertaining Shawshank Redemption style escape plan thrown in for good measure.This book would be good for independent readers or as a teaching tool for examining themes such as loneliness, isolation or issues such as bullying.David 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 each book is special and individual in its own right, each one has a host of glorious characters of heroes to adore and villains to despise, and Ratburger is another wonderful treat easily comparable to all the others.In this story, our protagonist is a small girl called Zoe who lives with her beloved father and evil stepmother, Sheila who is addicted to prawn cocktail crisps and treats her step daughter 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 show.However, 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 ends up in a very precarious situation where she must rescue her pet rat from a dangerous and hugely gruesome ending at the hands of a very odd man who makes very special burgers for a living.This book is perfect for your average middle grade reader and like every other book I ve read from this author, the humour is just right for that age group and perhaps 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 arelikely to make a child chuckle rather than scarring him her for life I ve heard this described on Goodreads asof a boy s book but I one hundred percent dispute that statement I can t even imagine why the reviewer thought it was aimedtowards the male sex, I think both boys and girls would enjoy it equally 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 way.For my full review and many , please visit my blog at I love David Walliams He really is like roald Dahl, and Dahl is my fave Its just great, fun and creepy Perfect Libro conmovedor y muy gracioso Os dejo con esta grandiosa cr tica del peri dico The guardian Adoro los libros de David Walliams pronto se convertir n en cl sicos Sue Tonwsend, The Guardian. My kid and I have grown to love the David Williams books and 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 with each 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 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 quoted because not all children 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, children.This book was, for lack of a better word, a little dark The terrifying aspect would be the talk of murder and death, and the scary, horrible Burt who kills rats and turns them in to burgers From an adult perspective, it s a wonderful book, full of imagination and comedy, and some little references that I think only adults would understand This is my first book by Walliams, whom I am a huge fan of in regards to his comedy, but it definitely won t be my last.Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy
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.
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- David Walliams
- 03 October 2017 David Walliams