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The Midnight Gang Hardcover – 2016
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PRAISE IN THE USA FOR GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE: “A realistic and touching relationship. Ample illustrations from the always splendid Ross will keep the pages in this plump volume turning. A Dahl-esque tale.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“While the irreverent wit will keep readers engaged, the surprising tenderness in the relationship between Jack and his ailing grandfather is what makes this book truly shine. A darkly humorous tale with a surprising amount of heart.” (School Library Journal)
“Walliams gives Grandpa-and [his] Spitfire-a grand send-off. A pleaser for fans of similar escapades engineered by the likes of Roald Dahl or Frank Cotrell-Boyce.” (ALA Booklist)
“Ross’s energetic drawings and some playful use of typography bring additional drama and humor to the story. The story’s comedy is nicely counterbalanced by the poignant bond between Jack and Grandpa.” (Publishers Weekly)
PRAISE IN THE USA FOR DEMON DENTIST: “A Brit-flavored romp that combines moments of intense terror and bracing courage with biting satire.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A Dahl-esque mix of humor and horror that will appeal to fans of both.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“A goofy, gory, outlandish tale of deep evil and terrible tooth-rot-and sweetness of heart. Kids who enjoy humorous gross-out horror will definitely want to book an appointment of their own with the Demon Dentist.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Dahl-esque in the extreme…Frenetic humor for middle grade fans of the funny and fearsome.” (School Library Journal)
UK PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS: “No one has any business being as talented as David Walliams. He is the heir to Roald Dahl-and that’s saying a lot.” (The Spectator)
“Walliams’s books will become classics.” (The Guardian) --This text refers to the Digital edition.
About the Author
David Walliams is the New York Times bestselling author of Demon Dentist, The Midnight Gang, and Grandpa's Great Escape. His novels have sold over eighteen million copies worldwide and have been translated into over fifty-three languages. David’s books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim—with many reviewers comparing him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl. In addition to being a bestselling author, David is an actor, comedian, and television personality. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the arts. He lives in the UK.--This text refers to the Digital edition.
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Now, no hospital stay is the ideal place for a child but you can make it as much of an adventure as is possible. David Walliams is an ideal guide and he takes you through the wards to meet people who make the hospital run as smoothly as it can.
Next time you go into a hospital to visit someone or if you’re unfortunate to break a leg like Tom – even if you just walk past one in London especially, take a look up and you may just see the sign saying Lord Funt Hospital….the hospital is just the start of the adventures. What if there was a door which led to places such as the Antarctic?
The drawings from the multitalented Tony Ross just make this a delight of a book. But what was the moment I screamed with joy? Raj makes a star appearance! Yay for Raj!
It is structured tightly and indeed rather elegantly. Tom finds himself in hospital, meets the gang, explores and has adventures, progresses to a series of special adventures, and builds to a final touchingly special adventure. The book then cascades down to a series of loose thread tying-up aftershocks.
Along the way there is funny crosstalk, some deadpan throwaways, a fair amount of silliness, kid friendly observational humor, slightly off kilter Dahl-esque material, and the required amount of comeuppance for evil adults. Especially appreciated was the pace, which never lagged and build up momentum, and thus retained interest, quite nicely.
So, all in all a nice addition to the library and a nice find. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)