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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.
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.