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Jul 07 2017

The world's worst children 2 by David Walliams

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Ill. by Tony Ross. HarperCollins, 2017. ISBN 9780008259679
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. One thing is an absolute given in our library. David Walliams' books are rarely re-shelved. They are snatched up from the returns trolley with the speed of a striking mongoose or tussled over in the actual returns line up. Walliams has a legion of followers and has fast become the contemporary Roald Dahl with his knack of preposterous stories and outrageous characters.
This follow up to the first World's Worst Children brings his readers ten more particularly horrid kids and will produce as much laughter as the previous.
Imagine having a baby so huge and so hungry that it will eat anything and everything - and by everything, I mean the cat, his parents, helicopters - yes, ANYTHING! Or perhaps you'd rather meet Gruesome Griselda who prefers to stand out from the other girls at her exclusive school, the well-groomed polite ones, by being exceedingly grubby and rude. Then there's Cruel Clarissa who seems to be just perfect particularly with her passion for all things pink but is really a very calculating kitty tormentor. These are but a few of the beastly children to whom readers will flock.
With super colourful illustrations jam-packed throughout and some of the most creative use of font/type I have ever seen, there is no doubt that this one is also destined never to be shelved. If I only I could be bribed. I could make a fortune for holding out for the highest bidder as the first borrower - sigh.
Highly recommended for subversive boys and girls from around 7 years old upwards.
Sue Warren

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