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Billionaire Boy [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2012] David Walliams Paperback – January 1, 2012
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- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 9780007516667
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007516667
- Dimensions : 7.87 x 5.51 x 1.57 inches
- Publisher : Harper Collins UK (January 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0007516665
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Walliams writing is humorous and the storylines do appeal to many young readers such as my daugher. The illustrations are charming. But after a few books, one realizes the plots are somewhat cookie-cutter with details and embellishments changed. And though fanciful at times, they are rarely deeply imaginative. Often the happy endings seem abrupt and contrived. Even my daughter has acknowledged this, but she is totally fine with it.
But Harper's attempt to market Walliams as the next Roald Dahl is overselling an otherwise good writer. I feel it does a dis-service to everyone, including Harper themselves, since it is clearly not true. As I mentioned above, despite the strong appeal to a child like my daugher, as an adult reader I find little depth in them, unlike Dahl's writing. So when Harper does finally sign a genius children's author, who will believe the publisher that cried Dalh?
Great book with a great moral! The story is about Joe Spud, a multi-millionaire, you would be happy… but he is not.
"What use is a racing car if you have no one to race against?"
He has EVERYTHING! A mansion…check! A room bigger than a house…check! REALLY expensive meals that taste disgusting…check! You name it.
He is only missing ONE thing… a friend.
He goes to this super-posh school where everyone teases him becouse his dad got rich inventing "Bum-fresh" (LOL).
no one is really his friend. So he asks his dad if he could go to a public school with normal kids.
And then he met Tom, and they quickly became friends.
I won't spoil anymore.
Anyway, i would really recomend this book for kids aged 6+.
Happy reading! ;)
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But his writing style is terrible, to the point where he would not be published, in a million years, if his celebrity wasn't guaranteeing sales. It's inconsistent in the sense that the vocabulary, and sentence construction, slip between being for a 3 year old and a 15 year old. And giant chunks of the book consist of long, long, long lists that he believes to be very funny. For instance he talks about the awful meals served by the school's dinner lady. A couple of examples - perhaps dandruff soup and bat-vomit pie - would have served to illustrate the level of surrealism, but he insists on devising the entire week's menu , with starters, main courses, desserts and alternatives for each - running to 5 or 6 pages. Similarly, after the 'hilariously' named Peter Bread starts work at the school, Walliams makes the point that some names are just not good if you want to have control of a class - and invents several pages of them. There are several more such exhaustive lists in the book - and indeed all his books that I've read so far - and they're a massive yawn. It's the kind of writing every primary school kid produces, believing completeness to be necessary, and obsessing over details they think are hilarious. Half decent writers know to work in just enough detail to create ambience, whilst also pushing on the story.
Walliams produces reasonably imaginative stories - nothing to write home about - but would be better off working with a ghost writer and a better editor.
Billionaire Boy Is a really funny book, with morals to the story cleverly woven in so that it doesn't feel preachy, but a perceptive child with a good heart (which most of them are), will pick up on. Many of David Walliams jokes have had me laughing out loud!
Still relatable in terms of school days even in my 40s. I'd say this is definitely a book suitable for all ages, which will provide a lot of enjoyment for adults and children alike. I will no doubt read more of his books in the future, based on my experience with this one.
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by Ramona aged 9