To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Despite appreciating that Walliams is trying to appeal to more reluctant readers, this book disappointed my expectations. It's just stories about dribble, snot and farts - not cleverly alluded to as per Dahl and whizz pops. I adore Gansta Granny, but this book left me cold, so much so that I didn't give one of the two books I ordered to the 7year old for whom I had bought it . Shame, because the cover, illustrations and the way the words are displayed are brilliant. The stories however, lack plot and humour.
I suppose childrens' books needed refreshing for a modern audience but Mr Walliams didn't really need the dosh. Obviously himself brought up on a diet of Ronald Searle, Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, Sue Townsend, Raymond Briggs and the like this book is highly derivative. Meritorious authorship or trading on celebrity? Little Britain borrowed much from Britain's comedy past so this is no surprise. Perhaps I should just get over it and admit it's quite fun despite the lack of originality.
Well, what a disappointment! This is the only David Walliams' book I thought was well below par - entirely reliant upon mentions of snot, blowing off and cheap humour. I got the impression that the publisher has said "Come on David, write us another one" but he couldn't come up with any ideas.so threw this out there as a money spinner. Looking at most of the other ratings, I am evidently in the minority but perhaps this book is designed for younger children. My 10 year old wasn't amused and yet he has loved all of Mr Wallybottom's earlier books; this one seems very different. Sorry!
My grandson was looking forward to another gripping story but alas it's a selection of individual stories of 'worst children' , we read two then abandoned it, would not buy a follow up of this book. Did not find it particularly funny.