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Birthday Boy

Written by David Baddiel

Illustrated by Jim Field

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Birthday Boy

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017

A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity, all brought to life by regular collaborator Jim Field's witty, stylish illustrations.

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Birthday Boy by David Baddiel

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Birthday Boy Synopsis

What if it was every day? This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day. So, at first, it's quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again...But it's not long before things start to go wrong. Soon, disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for...

Birthday Boy Reader Reviews

David Baddiel's books are very popular within our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel; here are their reviews of The Person Controller which you can read in full by clicking here.

  • Alex Faulkner, age 11 - 'David Baddiel's second book is an exciting book that will appeal to anyone who plays video games...one of the best I've ever read.'
  • Mila Humphryes, age 8 - 'I found this story amazing, weird and mysterious.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'Best book ever! I couldn't put this down and highly recommend this to any reluctant readers as I don't think there is anyone who wouldn't enjoy reading this! SO funny. A real laugh out loud book.'
  • Ellen Cox, age 8 - 'This book is funny and surprising. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It's a very, very good book.'
  • Isaac East, age 9 - 'This is a really good book about a set of twins and a games console which can control people.  My favourite character is Fred as he makes me laugh out loud.'
  • Jenna Welch, age 11 - 'I found The Person Controller absolutely hilarious, rib-cracking in fact.'
  • Phoenix Williams, age 7 - 'This book is really funny and exciting, I didn't want to put it down. It made me laugh out loud.'
  • Edward Bailey, age 10 - 'This is a gripping read! You just want to know what they do next! I'm not gonna forget this any time soon!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A magic person controller, revenge, hopes, dreams and chaos.  A hilarious story with a very fitting ‘be-careful-what-you-wish-for’ theme.  This is fantastic!'
  • Erica Motoc, age 9 - 'The Person Controller is a very good book. It also makes me smack up with laughter.'
  • Cora Willans, age 9 - 'This is a mystery and adventure story.'
  • Oliver Cooper, age 11 - 'Brilliant and funny one of the best books I have read!'
  • Emily Walklett, age 11 - 'A brilliant, funny book, suitable for girls, boys, video gamers and footballers, and for those who like stories a bit different! I loved it!'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 8 and Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'Who could know a replacement controller could change your life! It’s videogame-tastic!'  
  • Romilly Dally-Fitzsimons, age 8 - 'This book is brilliant...even my mum loved it!'

Birthday Boy Press Reviews

Reviews for The Person Controller:

A perfect combination of humour, magic and a happy ending. Charlotte Norman, Waterstones Bookseller

A real page turner... a compelling story with relatable characters and meaningful life lessons. Huffington Post

Reviews for The Parent Agency:

Funny, sometimes moving, always engaging Guardian

I love this book because it really made me laugh! The best book I've read since I was born! Tom, 11, LoveReading4Kids

Exciting and funny - I didn't want to put it down! Daisy, 10, LoveReading4Kids

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008200510
Publication date: 25/05/2018
Publisher:
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008200473
Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008200473
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Author: David Baddiel
Illustrator: Jim Field
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks

About David Baddiel

David Baddiel has written and performed in a series of highly successful TV comedy shows, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. He is the author of three previous novels for adults, but The Parent Agency is his first book for children. He lives in London.

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