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The Boy in the Dress [Audio]
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David Walliams' debut children's novel is one of the publishing events of the year. Now experience the whole story in glorious sound as David teams up with an old friend (his name begins with Matt and ends with Lucas) to deliver a hilarious and beautifully produced audiobook. Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book! Charming, surprising and hilarious -- David Walliams's beautiful first novel will touch the hearts (and funny bones) of children and adults alike. Now David teams up with Matt Lucas to produce an audiobook with a difference. Read by two of the brightest stars in sketch comedy, this lavish production brings the hilarious voices behind Little Britain to your nearest earphones. And it tells a fantastic story too! Key title / Specially composed music by Mark Morriss of 'The Bluetones.' / The gift appeal of this extraordinary audiobook makes it a 'must have' for all major retail promotions this Christmas 2008 / Massive consumer awareness will build up to launch the book with a national newspaper serialisation planned for September 2008 with a lead in interview in a major national magazine to follow / National media expected on book publication including breakfast TV, radio and press / Children's event at the Victoria and Albert museum in London with tickets to be won through prime time children's TV show / Two major public author book signings in week of publication

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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award winning sketch show Little Britain. The Boy in the Dress is his first novel.

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Gr 6-8-The protagonist in this offbeat story is Dennis, a 12-year-old boy whose eclectic interests range from football (soccer) to fashion. He's mocked for his purchase of Vogue magazine but he just can't resist poring over the photo shoots, enamored with the color, cut, and style of women's dresses. Dennis meets up with Lisa, the school hottie, who is two years older and also a fashion aficionado. She plays dress up with Dennis and convinces him to come to school as "Denise," a French exchange student. Hilarity ensues as soccer-star Dennis, outfitted in an orange sequined sheath, complete with wig and makeup, attempts to pull off the ruse. This quirky comedy also has poignant moments between Dennis and his dad and brother. It's a quick read and Blake's stylistic line illustrations are the icing on the cake. All that being said, it's difficult to predict an audience for this book. Younger students may be turned off by the Briticisms, and it's a bit too juvenile for older readers.-Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Actor and Little Britain cocreator Walliams debuts with the charming, Billy Elliot-esque coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Dennis, who lives with his father and older brother in a dull British town whose "[t]iny differences... only really pointed out the sameness of everything." Still despondent two years after his mother walked out, Dennis is chastised for his interest in fashion, but continues to secretly read Vogue ("He could lose himself in the pages for hours. The glamour. The beauty. The perfection") and admire people's differences. When Dennis befriends Lisa, "the most beautiful girl in the school" (and his crush), they bond over their shared passion and begin to play dressup. The stakes are raised when Lisa challenges him to attend school for a day dressed as a female foreign exchange student. This is a prototypical tale about the joys and trials of nonconformity, told by a quirky and self-conscious narrator. Walliams has a talent for emotional honesty (be it in Dennis's sensitivity or his father's gruff remoteness), and Blake's distinctive illustrations capture the boy's thoughtful nature. Ages 9-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

`[Walliams' books] are brilliantly, beautifully and seemingly effortlessly written ... Mr Dahl finally has a worthy successor' Telegraph

`Walliams understands something crucial about children and stories' Metro

"A great comic tale... Walliams is a natural wit" - Evening Standard

"Well written, funny, touching" - Observer

"A passionate celebration of individuality" - Telegraph

"Believable characters and a story that's original and intriguing" ***** - Heat

"Charming, funny" - The Times

"Has a lovely, Dahlian fluency to it" - Time Out

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