Ratburger by David Walliams
Possibly the craziest and funniest children’s book of the year. Certainly very appealling and a book you can read very quickly.
Zoe is an underprivileged girl who lives in a flat on the 37th floor of an estate with her unemployed father and a stepmother who only eats prawn flavoured crisps. Zoe is bullied by the horrible Tina and her only comforts in life are her hampster and her friendship with newsagent Raj.
When her hampster mysteriously dies she finds a baby rat that she calls Armitage and takes with her everywhere. This brings her into conflict with school, her stepmother and Burt the burger van man and sometime ratcatcher.
Hugely funny, written in a very accessible style and appealing to those with a madcap sense of humour. Primary and Intermediate students will love it and perhaps a brave teacher may use it as a read-a-loud.