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Really great story. I enjoyed it as much as my daughter. Love that it was narrated by the author and had actors reading the different characters. Not just one person reading the whole book. We will be buying more of Davids books.
As ever, as soon as a new book was released, we ordered it. But. This book just isn't as good. Yes, it's been churned out at astonishing speed but that seems to be the goal now. Publish publish publish, regardless of substance. The ever so predictable jokes are getting tired. The relentless mockery of others seeming rather jaded now. How he's managed to fill half a chapter mocking speech impediments I don't know but there we are, my kids all asked me to paraphrase in the end, leaving out the mocking. "It's not very kind" (9yr old). "We wouldn't be allowed to do that" (10yr old) "we wouldn't WANT to do that" (12yr old). The stereotypical mocking of class that is dragged out every book. We've only been reading it one night but the fact my 10yr old said this just sums up this review - "if it were a book by Katherine Rundell or Ross Welford or Philip Pullman or.. or... who wrote the Nowhere Emporium? (Ross MacKenzie) or The Boy at the back of the class (O'njali Raúf) then we'd all be asking for another chapter when you stopped reading but you've read 6 chapters and I think I've been daydreaming for the last 2..." David Walliams seems to have become a caricature of himself now, there seems little depth and authentic writing. The Beast of Buckingham Palace was bad but we read it. The Worlds Worst Teachers we put down after 2 chapters and didn't finish. This one, I fear, may be going the same way. We read and read and read in this house, I still read to all 3 children at bedtime for an hour - even an hour and three quarters to two hours in a really gripping book. But they're not enjoying David Walliams books any more. It's a shame that authors who genuinely produce some amazing works are not given the same opportunities for promotion as Walliams is - I think many people, like us, buy his books automatically and that's the success his publisher thrives on but there are some really super authors out here whose books I would buy automatically without hesitation. As for David Walliams books in future, I think we'll finally pass. This one is the one that's finally made me stop buying his books.
We love david Walliam's books but unfortunately when my daughter started reading , we noticed the ink from the page had transferred onto her fingers. the printers have not used permanent ink. I then checked carefully and yesthe ink was transferring to my fingers and all over my clothes
All the other DWalliams Hardbooks have Shiny pages in colour so I am a little concern if this an original and not a copy. So I am returning this