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Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams. Illus Tony Ross. Pub.HarperCollins, 2010.

Another insane book by Little Britain writer and actor David Walliams. This time Walliams takes a swipe at money, it’s importance and it’s effects on people. He looks at old money, new money and no money and has a good old time about it.

Joe Spud is an ordinary school boy whose father struck it rich when he invented a new type of toilet paper. Filthy rich as it were, the bog roll king. Joe is embarrassed by this and leaves his posh Private School because he is bullied mercilessly about his new money.

He decides to go incognito to the local school in an effort to be ordinary and to meet his greatest desire to have a genuine friend. Isn’t that lovely! Well he does. He meets fat boy, Bob, who is mercilessly bullied by the Grubb twins. Joe helps his friend by bribing the bullies with money and when Bob finds out he doesn’t want a bar of it. Then something happens that you will have to read the book to find out. Or you couild bribe me to tell you.

In between time Walliams has a dig at school lunches, the school system as a whole and the worst human behaviours concerned with money. It is a great deal of fun and if you have read The Boy in the Dress (reviewed below) or Mr Stink then you will know what I mean.

While this book is over 250 pages it is in large print and has Tony Ross’s excellent illustrations throughout, making it an easiy to read book. Ideal for boys with an absurd sense of humour, and lets face it many boys are like that.

Wide appeal in age group from primary through to junior secondary students. Have fun and read it.

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