This week's 'book of the week' has been chosen by Miss Lambert and her daughter Lilah

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Harper Collins
Details: 288 pages
ISBN: 9780007279036
Age recommendation: 9-14

Plot summary and genre:
The sparkling debut children's novel from David Walliams. 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.

When I read it and why I enjoyed it so much:
I read this book with my daughter and we both liked the humour and realism of it. It also teaches you that it is okay to be different- a message that I think is so important for every young person to hear! When Dennis' parents split up, he's devastated and when forced to live with his father, the only comfort he finds is his mother's left behind clothes. This sets off a series of comical transgender themes that allows the reader to light-heartedly enjoy his embarrassing explorations into the unknown which ultimately result in him wearing a dress to school. A must read!

If you like this you might also like the following authors/books:
David Baddiel - Future Friend
Roald Dahl - The Twits
Andy Stanton - Mr Gum and the Biscuit Millionaire

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