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I knew it was a disgusting book but it's still a children book so I didn't expect it to be disturbing and perverted. I was going to give this as a present to a family member but after flicking through it, no way. Why does a child need to read about someone laying in a pool of sewage? Why would anyone want to read about an adult forcing a child to eat snot? How is that funny? I think you'd have to be sick to find that funny. Any normal person would be grossed out. Famous or not, the author sounds like a disgusting pervert. I threw this straight in the bin because I didn't even think a charity shop would want it.
Really disappointed with this overall, I expected great things!
I’m a primary school teacher with an almost 8 year old son and a younger daughter of 6 myself. I love reading stories, I do it every single day to my class and/or to my own kids. I bought this expecting it to be funny and in parts, gross and silly. No problem.
However, I just found it difficult to read. As an adult reading it out loud, I found it hard to read in a flowing manner- I felt I had to concentrate all the time on the text whereas usually I can go into auto pilot when reading to a class or to my children with little effort. It was harder still with my son stopping and asking half the time what things meant or what was going on (when he is an above average reader for his age group).
I love the books of Roald Dahl which Walliams has been compared to, but it’s nothing similar at all. My son is much more taken by Roald Dahl and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for instance. I definitely won’t be taking this into school to read to the class who are of a similar age.
Very disappointed. I ordered a copy for a sick child in Australia, and for my 10 year old grandson at half term. In the past we have enjoyed Walliams’ books, but this is not his usual standard, in fact it’s not very funny, and, in my view, quite rude. With chapters such as “ the chair with a thousand farts” , , the odd references to farting may be acceptable, but one page is devoted to Doctor Dread passing wind, and then to the chair of a thousand farts. During holidays it has been the habit of myself and grandson to read a book together, a page each, to discuss words and laugh at the story. However, though my grandson is finding the contents funny, probably due to his age finding amusement with words such as “fart” and even the exploits of Mr Ball in chapter one...balls, balls, balls I really couldn’t see where each chapter was leading. Perhaps I am becoming too old for “ modern children’s books.” However, I have plenty of Famous Five in the loft! I am wondering what my niece in far off Australia will be thinking of me sending such a book to her daughter. Borrow one from the library, if you must. Sorry.
GUTTED - I purchased the kindle version of this book for my twins and it won't download onto either of their kindles. It won't even download onto my own kindle - just the kindle app on my I Pad (which the children do not have access too)!
Admittedly it was purchased some time ago and i gave up trying to get it onto their kindles after several failed attempts.
no idea whats gone wrong but i've not had this problem with ANY of my other kindle purchases.
really disappointing and amazon have removed the ability for me to return or contact them regarding this particular order.
I do a lot of reading and found this book the worst thing that I have ever read of I could have given it a minus star it would have been -10. Anyone out there thinking of getting this book don't do it it's absolute rubbish
This is a fun book, but having read with my daughter all of the other ‘World’s Worst’ I can tell you that this one did not grip her (10 years old) in the same way that the others had. With all of the other books, she has read them over and over again, but with this one, it was take it or leave it....
I don't rate these books at all. Not keen on David Walliams as a writer but my Grandson quite likes him. However, this series of books is neither imaginative nor funny. And of what we have tried this one is the worst.