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Bad Dad Hardcover – Illustrated, 19 March 2019
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Hailed as "the heir to Roald Dahl" by The Spectator, the UK's #1 bestselling children's author, David Walliams, will have fans of Jeff Kinney and Rachel Renee Russell in stitches!
David Walliams burst on to the American scene with his New York Times bestseller Demon Dentist, and now he's bringing his signature humor to this raucous tale of prison breaks and heists gone wrong in Bad Dad.
Frank's dad was a champion hot-rod racer, Gilbert the Great. But when a terrible accident sees him go from hero to zero, Frank and Gilbert are left with nothing--and in the grips of a wicked crime boss and his henchmen. After Gilbert is thrown in prison, only Frank can come to his rescue. . .
PRAISE IN THE USA FOR GRANDPA'S GREAT ESCAPE: "A realistic and touching relationship. Ample illustrations from the always splendid Ross will keep the pages in this plump volume turning. A Dahl-esque tale." -- Kirkus Reviews
"While the irreverent wit will keep readers engaged, the surprising tenderness in the relationship between Jack and his ailing grandfather is what makes this book truly shine. A darkly humorous tale with a surprising amount of heart." -- School Library Journal
"A pleaser for fans of similar escapades engineered by the likes of Roald Dahl or Frank Cotrell-Boyce. Walliams, already popular in the UK, is a best-seller this side of the pond as well, and this caper promises to be no different." -- Booklist
"Ross's energetic drawings and some playful use of typography bring additional drama and humor to the story. The story's comedy is nicely counterbalanced by the poignant bond between Jack and Grandpa." -- Publishers Weekly
PRAISE IN THE USA FOR DEMON DENTIST: "A Brit-flavored romp that combines moments of intense terror and bracing courage with biting satire." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A Dahl-esque mix of humor and horror that will appeal to fans of both." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A goofy, gory, outlandish tale of deep evil and terrible tooth-rot-and sweetness of heart. Kids who enjoy humorous gross-out horror will definitely want to book an appointment of their own with the Demon Dentist." -- Wall Street Journal
"Dahl-esque in the extreme...Frenetic humor for middle grade fans of the funny and fearsome." -- School Library Journal
UK PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS: "No one has any business being as talented as David Walliams. He is the heir to Roald Dahl-and that's saying a lot." -- The Spectator
"Walliams's books will become classics." -- The Guardian
"Unlike other celebrity authors, Walliams can write; his energetic fairytale will be relished." -- The Times (UK)
"The joy of David's books are that he completely understands how children think and feel and is never ever patronising." -- The Sun (UK)
"Further proof that Walliams has become a master storyteller. Walliams manages to infuse his novels with genuine wit and sly commentary." -- Heat Magazine
"Comedian David Walliams has taken the publishing world by storm." -- Metro
"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth." -- Telegraph (UK)
From the Back Cover
Frank's dad was a champion hot-rod racer. King of the Track. Gilbert the Great! But, when a terrible accident sees him go from hero to zero, Frank and Gilbert are left with nothing--and in the grips of a wicked crime boss and his henchmen.
And when Gilbert is thrown in prison, only Frank can come to his rescue. . . .
David Walliams's internationally bestselling novel is a fast-and-furious, heartwarming story of a father and son on a thrilling mission to right a wrong and take on the villainous Mr. Big!
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (19 March 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062561103
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062561107
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.48 x 20.96 cm
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I feel like this one is exposing a little bit to much of an adult life.
Examples: mum left dad and son for a rich gangster and drinks a lot, dad is very poor they can’t afford food and live in a very bad conditions, auntie is telling her nephew about her feelings for a female vicar and how she has never been kissed 🤯
Personally I think 9 year old shouldn’t be reading about stuff like this.
Just be aware that that’s what they will be reading about in this book.
In terms of the product, it was delivered promptly just in time for her birthday. And the hardcover finish on the book is nice.
Definitely recommend this for young readers.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 September 2018