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Awful Auntie by David Walliams
Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret and slightly spooky weapon up her sleeve.
David Williams: Since beginning his publishing career in 2008, David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm.
David is currently the fastest growing children’s author in the UK. Walliams’ books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and it comes as no surprise that countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.
Meet the Characters
Strauss was a portly man, which thick-framed glasses and a shock of wiry black hair. On his upper lip sat a bushy moustache, not unlike a big hairy caterpillar. He very much looked the part of a detective, and could have stepped straight out of a crime thriller. A long brown crumpled mac was worn over an even more crumpled grey suit that seemed at least a size too small for him. His outfit was topped off with that detectives' favourite, a brown felt hat.
Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve.
I was never given a name. I was abandoned as a baby, and grew up in a workhouse. I never knew me mum or dad. The old man who run the workhouse used to thrash all us boys wiv his belt.
So I ran away. I was only little, and I met a gang of boys on the streets. They said ya could get food and lodgings if ya worked as a chimney sweep. So that's what I did. And one day I came down from the chimney covered from head to toe in coal dust, and me master just called me 'Soot'!
In the villages of Bavaria these owls were known by locals as 'flying bears' on account of their startling size. The owl's name was Wagner. It was an unusual name for an unusual pet, but then Aunt Alberta was a highly unusual person.
Alberta knew that the Great Bavarian Mountain Owl was one of the rarest birds in the world. So when she spotted one nesting in the forest she climbed the tree and stole the egg out of its nest. Then she sat on it until it hatched, and named the little owlet 'Wagner', after her favourite German composer.
Wagner never knew his real owl parents, but quickly accepted Alberta as his mother. Indeed the woman would feed the owlet live worms and spiders from her mouth, passing them from lip to bill. As Wagner grew, so did the treats. Soon she would feed him mice and sparrows she had caught in traps. Food became a reward, and over time Alberta had taught her owl a number of impressive tricks.
Lord Saxby tried to give Gibbon his notice a dozen times or more. However, the servant was so old, just short of a hundred, that he had become very deaf and blind. As a result it was impossible to tell him to go. Even if you shouted right into his ear, the poor old soul wouldn't hear a thing. Gibbon had worked for the Saxbys for generations. He had been in the service for them for so long, he had become part of the family.
So Gibbon continued to roam Saxby Hall carrying on with his duties, though in a totally topsy-turvy way.
Do you have an awful auntie? One that never allows you to stay up to watch your favourite television programme? Or an aunt who makes you eat up every last spoonful of her revolting rhubarb crumble, even though she knows you hate rhubarb? Maybe your aunt gives her pet poodle a big slobbering wet kiss and then immediately gives you a big slobbering wet kiss too?
However awful your auntie might be, she will never be in the same league of awfulness as Aunt Alberta.
PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
“A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale… hilarious” Amanda Craig, The Times
“I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole, Guardian
"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth" – Telegraph Books of the Year
"Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air" – Sun
About the Author
David Walliams continues to take the literary world by storm. His tenth novel, BAD DAD, was an immediate number one, following the triumph of THE MIDNIGHT GANG, the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2, spent four weeks at industry number one.
David’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks at children’s number one, and have been translated into 53 languages, selling more than 35 million copies worldwide.
Tony Ross was born in London in 1938. He went to art school in Liverpool and has since worked as a typographer for design and advertising agencies. His cartoons have appeared in Punch, Town, Time and Tide and the News of the World. His first book Hugo and the Wicked Winter was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! Two of his creations, Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series.
Tony lives in Wales.
- ASIN : 0007453620
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780007453627
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007453627
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While we have enjoyed other David Walliams books such as Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and The Midnight Gang we found that Awful Auntie along with Demon Dentist are our favourites. It is packed with great descriptions like Stella's scream in terror when Stella met Soot. David Walliam's character descriptions are awesome and we really like Soot and all of the other characters. In this book Stella had to solve the mystery of her parents' death as well escaping from Awful Auntie. Tony Ross pictures' looked old fashioned and added to the story. We love the way that David Walliams added Gibbon to the story to make it funnier. Saxby Hall was a great setting for the story because it's a mansion with lots of rooms and grounds. This book is suitable for boys and girls aged 8 and upwards. Younger children might get scared or not understand.
He read quickly but it is emotional and little bit scary book. In starting it shows my son was upset and emotional when Stellas parents died and auntie puts her in cellar..
David Williams books are mostly depends on imaginary stories. Whenever kids start reading his books the take a lot interst and finished very quickly.
In this book his illustrate Tiny Ross did well. Some books has movies as well so kids enjoyed a lot if they already read so my son asked if this story book movie released.
David William books are worthy, not only kids enjoyed elders as well.