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HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
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Billionaire Boy Kindle Edition
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|Length: 293 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth" – Telegraph Books of the Year
"Witty, warm and enjoyable" – Daily Express
“David William’s third book for children is a neat combination of hilarity and morality in the best spirit of the master story-teller of the genre, Roald Dahl” – Julia Eccleshare--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004AHM8RW
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (28 October 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 2650 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,122 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But his writing style is terrible, to the point where he would not be published, in a million years, if his celebrity wasn't guaranteeing sales.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.
Being nouveau riche so Joe is bullied and looked down on by the other children at the posh school he attends, and persuades his dad to let him go to the local comprehensive. But will Joe find happiness and friends, or will other things get in the way?
In all this is a good tale that is fun to read and is quite thoughtful, and should do well with children. With manipulation and money grabbers this shows what can happen when you suddenly become very rich. Illustrated throughout we also hear from Raj here and when he was wealthier. One thing is for sure though and that is money does not make you necessarily happy or means you have any really true friends, just those who are after a handout.
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by Ramona aged 9