Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World

Written by Nigel Smith

Part of the Nathalia Buttface Series

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LoveReading View on Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World

May 2014 Debut of the Month  Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World is a genuinely laugh-out-loud story for 9+ readers, with tons of heart, and with a theme that every child can relate. After all we all have embarrasasing fathers but only 11 year old Nathalia has been prepared to tell everyone about hers. Rest assured readers will gasp and cringe at what is surely one of the most embarrassing dads in the world?

A Piece of Passion from Nick Lake, Publishing Director, HarperCollins Children's Books  “It’s extremely rare that a book makes me laugh out loud. Nathalia Buttface made me laugh until strangers looked at me funnily on a crowded tube. Anarchic, silly, and clever, it’s packed with every kind of comedy – but it’s also truly moving. Really funny books don’t come along every day or even every year, so I can’t wait for everyone to get to know the eternally embarrassed Nathalia Buttface...”

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World Synopsis

The Most Embarrassing Dad in the World was embarrassing Nathalia even before she was born. He went and married Mum, didn't he? Mum's last name was De Montfort. Thanks to Dad she wasn't Nathalia De Montfort. She was Nathalia Bumole. It's pronounced Bew-mow-lay, Dad would tell her patiently, time and again. If anyone says differently, the joke's on them. But as Nathalia knows only too well, the joke will not be on them. It will be on her. Massively. If Nathalia can just keep The Most Embarrassing Dad In The World away from her new school, then maybe he won't ruin everything this time. Maybe....

Nathalia has a chance at a new start in a new school, she is determined that this time it will be different – no one will know that she is even distantly connected to her dad. Except... it doesn’t quite go to plan. Before you know it, Dad is directing school trips – with disastrous results. There is even mention of... gasp... a DISCO. Will Nat ever live it down...?

Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Chen Chen, age 10 - 'I enjoyed this because it made me laugh lots. I enjoyed it ssssooo much I want to read it again!' Read full review >
  • Elizabeth Tomlin, age 8 - 'I like this book beacsue it is real fun. It is a page turner. I found it really hard to stop reading!' Read full review >
  • Emma Moroney, age 7 - 'Excellent story about a girl and her dad, who is very embarrassing.  Makes me glad my dad is nothing like this dad, although he is still embarrassing.  I enjoyed the story, it was very funny.' Read full review >
  • Alexander Bisland age 8 - 'This book is about a girl who has an embarrassing dad. I bet your dad is even more embarrassing than hers! NOT! I give this great book 10/10.' Read full review >
  • Abigail Smart, age 11 - 'One of the funniest books I've read. I really feel sorry for Nathalia, her Dad always gets everything wrong! Seriously hilarious!' Read full review >
  • Tilly Dickinson, age 9 - 'A laugh out loud type of book, when you think your own Dad is embarrassing (and mine is!) wait til you meet Nathalias, he is so much worse!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'I giggled, I chuckled, I roared and I howled with laughter. I couldn't stop reading and I couldn't stop laughing.  This is without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Bella Perez, aged 8 - 'A delightful story about a poor girl and her hilarious dad! I truly loved every chapter of fun.' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson age 11 - 'This book was so funny...The plot was hilarious and the ending was brilliant and unexpected.' Read full review >
  • Lily Benner, age 9 - 'This book made me laugh out loud many times and I didn't want it to end.  There is more to come from Nathalia Buttface and I can't wait!' Read full review >
  • Elspeth, age 9 - 'This book is hilarious, amazing and gives me an embarrassing feeling on behalf of Nathalia!  She's a 12 year old girl who has the most embarrassing dad and even cringes about him in her sleep!' Read full review >
  • Jenny Bridgeman, age 8 - 'This book was amazing! and invaded by funnyness.  I rate this book five stars because it is so funny and really cool.' Read full review >
  • Lola Frary, age 10 - 'A hilarious book about a girl, trying to be normal, but with a totally embarrassing dad.' Read full review >
  • Holly Carver, age 11 - 'This book is laugh out loud funny, there is a smile on every page.  Nigel is a great author.  I really love this book.' Read full review >
  • Lily Benner, age 9 - 'This book made me laugh out loud many times and I didn't want it to end!' Read full review >
  • Elise Marie Lockett, age 9 ½ - 'This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! Nathalia Bumole is one of the unluckiest kids ever, and most of it is her dad’s fault.' Read full review >
  • Lucy Minton, age 10 - 'When reading this humorous book I laughed out loud and I truly recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Poppy Stephens, age 9 - 'A good book, other people will like it, but it's not for me.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9780007545216
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007545216
Publication date: 8th May 2014
Author: Nigel Smith
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith has been a journalist, busker, TV comedy producer and script writer, winning an award for his BBC 4 radio comedy, VENT, based on his own life-threatening brain illness. More importantly, he has been - and still is - an embarrassing Dad. Much like Natalia Buttface, his three children are continually mortified by his ill-advised trousers, comedic hats, low quality jokes, poorly chosen motor vehicles, unique sense of direction and unfortunate ukulele playing. Unlike his hero Ivor Bumole, he doesn't write Christmas cracker jokes for a living. Yet.

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