The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

Written by David Walliams

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Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009.

Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking a risk he reinvents himself and begins to see the world in a whole new way. Quentin Blake’s illustrations capture the exhilarating liberation that Dennis feels.


The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

The sparkling debut children's novel from David Walliams, co-creator and co-star of the multi-award-winning Little Britain. Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book! Charming, surprising and hilarious.



A great comic tale! Walliams is a natural wit - Evening Standard

Charming, funny, with lovely illustrations by Quentin Blake- The Times

Well written, funny, touching - Observer

Believable characters and a story that's original and intriguing ***** Heat

Charming, surprising and hilarious -- everything you would expect from David Walliams **** Look Magazine

A passionate celebration of individuality - Telegraph

I was surprised by how tender and kind Walliams' first book for children is ! A touching story - Independent on Sunday

Praise for MR STINK:

A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale! Hilarious! - Amanda Craig, The Times

Comic genius! A joy for kids both big and small - Edinburgh Evening News

A funny and very readable book - Financial Times

Mrs Lisa Young, Hutton Primary, Lockerbie: I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Stink and enjoy David Walliam's humour. It is great to read a book that approaches difficult social issues with family life that everyone can relate to!

Clair Mathewson, Dulwich College, London: The boys in my class thoroughly enjoyed reading the extract from Mr Stink - a fabulous story!

Tanya Lochery, St Peter's Catholic Primary, Stalybridge: The children really enjoyed this book!an excellent book that I would recommend to other children in years 5 and 6.

About the Author

David Walliams

David Walliams is an English comedian, writer and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. David is the fastest growing Children’s author in the UK. His books have been translated into 30+
languages and sold over 2 million copies in the UK alone.

In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books. The debut novel, The Boy In The Dress, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide in November 2008. It explores several of the themes of Little Britain from Walliams' own life on an emotional level, such as the camp humour of cross-dressing and effeminacy. The story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy's search for a female role model, his friendship with the popular girl in school, and the ways in which relationships develop along gender lines.

In October 2010 he published his third book Billionaire Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old in the world. Joe has everything he could ever want: his own Formula One racing car, a thousand pairs of trainers, 8 billion pounds, even an orang-utan for a butler, but there is just one thing he really needs: a friend. The book included a 'billion pound note' that was used to enter a competition to win a day as a billionaire in London.

In September 2012, Walliams released his fifth novel for children, 'Ratburger' which won the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012. It tells the story of a young girl named Zoe whose life is a misery.

His sixth book, Demon Dentist, is published in October 2013...“Demon Dentist is my very first horror story, with an unspeakably evil villainess at its centre. I hope children of all ages will love the new book's combination of chills, action and of course comedy.

Walliams took up swimming as a youth as his preferred form of exercise, because he was overweight. In 2006, after about 9 months training, he swam the English Channel for the charity Sport Relief and raised about one million pounds.

In September 2011, Walliams swam a 140-mile length of the River Thames in aid of Sport Relief. On the first day of the swim, he experienced a symptom of hypothermia, possibly due to his not wearing a wetsuit. He later encountered severe stomach problems due to the bacteria in the Thames and suffered a torn disc. He swam up to twelve hours a day for eight days and raised a further £1 million for Sport Relief.

Photo credit ~ Simon Emmett

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9 From 9


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Publication date

25th June 2009




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