Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Demon Dentist by David Walliams. Pub.HarperCollins, 2013.
This is the best yet from David Walliams. It plays on the fear of dentists which in my opinion are well founded, anyone who went through the school dental nurses in New Zealand will know what I mean. We used to call the dentist’s the Murder house and Walliams has managed to cash in on these feelings.
Of course if you brushed your teeth you wouldn’t need to go but Alfie doesn’t and his teeth are rotten. A new dentist Miss Root, comes to town talks to all the children and invites them to call her mummy.
She is a tooth witch with ambitions to get all the teeth from all the children in town but why?
Walliams squeezes out every ounce of humour and horror about dentist in this novel for primary and intermediate children. There are some brilliant action scenes as well including a chase around the school buildings and grounds by a social worker trying to get Alfie to go to the dentist.
The action packed ending is incredible. Just when you think it is over, it is not.
David Walliams doesn’t like poverty, none of us do, and this is one of his themes but the main one is the loss of imagination by children in this texting world we live in. Lots in it for older readers but do yourself a favour and read it yourself.
The illustrations of the brilliant Tony Ross add to the character of the book.
Roald Dahl will be applauding in his grave.