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The Boy in the Dress

Written by David Walliams

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LoveReading View on The Boy in the Dress

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 Synopsis

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.

The Boy in the Dress Press Reviews


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.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007493968
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Mixed media product

ISBN: 9780007279043
Publication date: 25/06/2009
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007279043
Publication date: 25th June 2009
Author: David Walliams
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Debuts of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books, All Shortlists and Winners

About David Walliams

David Walliams is fast becoming a global phenomenon in the world of children’s literature – his ability to wow fans is unprecedented with global sales over 14.1 million. His most recent fiction title, The World’s Worst Children, published on 19th May 2016 sold over 340,000 copies in the UK alone. It went straight to No. 1 on release where it stayed for 4 weeks and also concurred Children’s Books charts, where it stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks. Internationally sales continue to thrive, The World’s Worst Children also went straight to No. 1 in the Australian children’s ...

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