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Book Review: David Walliams' 'Billionaire Boy'



When I saw I had to write a short story from the point of view of an eight year old for my writing course I felt at a complete loss. Not having children myself I had no idea what language an eight year old would use. I spoke to a friend who said she would lend me one of the books her ten year old son had just finished reading. I was happy with her suggestion and thought there wouldn't be much difference between an eight and ten year old's language so took her up on the offer.

One of the first things which caught my eye about “Billionaire Boy” was the fun cover and internal pages, the illustration was really good and this would definitely attract readers on a book shelf. The plan was for me to just read a couple of chapters at the most which I felt would give me enough of an idea of the language used and enable me to be able to write my short story.

I was very surprised when having read the first few pages how engaged I felt with the main character “Joe Spud”. “Billionaire Boy” was cleverly written to make the reader sympathise with “Billionaire Boy” and want to read on to find out what happened next. I started to think how terrible it was for someone so young to have everything money could but not have the one thing a child needs to have fun which is friends.

Throughout “Billionaire Boy” there is plenty of humour and adventures, mainly involving the storyline of the job which “Joe Spud’s” dad did to earn his fortune. This did not come as a surprise due to the author David Walliams being a comedian.

Upon reading a further six chapters which obviously give me enough of an idea of the language of an eight year old I should have put the book down and give it back to my friend. That wasn't however what happened, I wanted to read on and find out what happened to poor “Joe Spud”.

When I finished “Billionaire Boy” I wasn't left disappointed. There was an epilogue section which funnily rounded off all of the characters story’s explaining what had happened to them. Before reading a children’s book I didn’t expect there to be much to it regarding meaning and storyline but I could not have been more wrong.

Will I be rushing out to buy another book by “David Walliams” or another children’s book to read. The answer is no but I would strongly recommend anyone who has children around the age of 8 upwards to buy them this book. Or go to book store and buy it for yourself, I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it just as much as I did.


Review by Sue Cawte

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