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The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous

Written by David Baddiel

Illustrated by Steven Lenton

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The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous Review

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny School Stories

Baddiel brings his comic touch to a story of unexpected celebrity

Billy Smith is ordinary with a capital O, so how on earth does he end up as internet sensation Hashtag OrdinaryBilly, Hashtag Relatabill? All is revealed in The Boy Who Accidentally Got Famous, David Baddiel’s typically funny and engaging new adventure. Billy’s life is changed in totally unexpected ways when TOTALTV TV descend on his school to film reality show School Daze, resulting in him swapping fish finger teas with mum and dad for red carpet film premieres. Sort of anyway… The storyline is deliciously unpredictable, but Baddiel’s depiction of Billy and his friends is as accurate as ever, and his shots at TV producers very funny too. Could that be inspired by real life? Most of us will never know. A great read for anyone who’s ever imagined themselves famous for five minutes.

Andrea Reece

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A message from the author David Baddiel; ‘(The Boy Who Got) Accidentally Famous is a bit different from my usual children’s stories, where often something magical or fantastic happens to a young person. Something magical and fantastic does happen to Billy Smith, but it doesn’t involve magic or fantasy. It could really happen to any child now, given how we live now: and I know that lots of kids do fantasise about fame happening to them. I hope the story I’ve told shows how it can be really fun and amazing, whilst also showing that it has its dangers, and that life is about many things apart from being famous. And mainly, of course, I hope it will make children laugh.’

The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous Synopsis

Nothing extraordinary has ever happened to Billy Smith. In fact, every single thing about him is ordinary, including his name. But when a documentary crew turns up at Billy's school to film the new TV series School Daze, everything changes. Billy shouldn't stand out: all the other kids are much more interesting than him. But when remixes of his boring class presentation go viral, Billy finds himself accidentally an overnight star. With his friends Bo and Rinor by his side, his life turns into a whirlwind of red carpets, TV shows, albums and even the possibility of meeting Sunshine De Marto - the coolest girl on the planet. But as everyone knows, fame comes with a price...

The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous is an epically entertaining tale, brought to life with illustrations by the brilliant Steven Lenton, which asks the question - what if everyone suddenly knew your name...?

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ISBN: 9780008334277
Publication date: 12/05/2022
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008334253
Publication date: 28/10/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008334277
Publication date: 12th May 2022
Author: David Baddiel
Illustrator: Steven Lenton
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Funny, School Stories

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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