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I have always read to my Grandsons, 3 and 8 when they come to stay, but now my eight year old and I read a chapter each, and this book had us in absolute stitches. However, it became very dark when we realised Granny had cancer and was going to die. We were both in tears, but it gave us the opportunity to discuss illness in older people and death, and to say all the things we could ever need to say. He was always appreciative of Granpa and me but now even more so - for as long as it lasts....
I would really recommend this book to everyone with 7/8 year olds.
My 8 year old enjoyed this book couldn't put it down and enjoyed reading it before bed. I could hear him chuckling his head off. However I do wish that at the time I bought it that their had been helpful review telling me that there was mention of cancer in it (there is now a review about it which I wish I had seen before)
My 8 year old suffers bad anxiety along with his ASD, one of his anxiety triggers is dying. So when he called me in at the end of his book crying his eyes out I felt awful. All the reviews said how funny it was so what could go wrong right? Just be aware if you have a sensitive child.
This is the first David Walliams book I have written, I could not put it down and both me and my wife enjoyed it very much. We are both in our seventies and David’s observation and understanding of older people is amazing. I was under the impression that David Walliams was a children’s writer, but this book is very funny sometimes thought provoking and should be available to all ages.
I read this with my eight year old kids (rather than them reading it alone) and it was a fun story, however, a couple of the themes were a bit too "heavy" which upset my kids. They didn't understand why Ben's parents were so selfish and my kids were really upset that the granny dies of cancer. There was no warning about this, and I would have waited a couple of years for my kids to read this had I known about the death. Otherwise the book has got good humour too.
Lo compré para regalárselo a mi sobrino de 9 años al que le encanta la lectura en inglés. Se trata de un libro de tapa blanda con colores llamativos en portada y contraportada, acompañados de divertidas viñetas relacionadas con la historia, tanto en las primeras hojas como en las últimas. Me atrajo la idea de que se tratase de un libro con un hilo divertido pero a la vez con un toque de suspense, importante para que enganche al lector infantil y no se canse y abandone su lectura ante la "dificultad" que le pueda causar el leer en otro idioma. Se desarrolla en 34 capitulos y 242 páginas y cada 5 páginas aproximadamente hay un dibujo q lo hace más ameno. En cuanto a la letra es adecuada en estilo y tamaño y el formato general del libro me parece de 10 para el público al q va dirigido.
Por ponerle un pero, le hubiera añadido un cd para practicar el listening y que "hagan oído", pero por el precio que tiene (9.95€) está muy bien.
Añadir también que en la parte final se observa una lista de los libros del autor con ilustraciones de cada una de las portadas y junto a ellas un pequeño resumen en inglés del argumento.
I was looking for a book about procedure at meetings & this is more of an historical document. It is interesting, but not what I wanted. The book by Citrine is much more useful, but it would be nice to see something of our generation.
Grandaughter loved it and then read to me through lockdown and I loved it. Very funny and now I'm reading to a number of people with special needs and they love it. So all in all I would say a brilliant book. Funny, sad, emotional. Well written
My seven-year-old son was practically begging me to buy him this book after one of the children in his class had brought it to school. He was so happy when it arrived - as if he had received the newest video game - and started reading it immediately. We found the best way to read it was with me sitting next to him, so I could help him with the words he didn't recognise. This book is great for vocabulary building as it contains quite a few unfamiliar (less common) but very useful words. It's really funny and I can see why kids love it. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book. People who say it's "ageist" and "childish" (see one-star reviews) have no sense of humour. On the strength of this book, I'll denifinitely be buying all the other David Walliams books written for children.
This and two other David Walliams books will make a nine-year-old boy very happy, and hopefully give him - and his parents - a break from the Wii and the xBox!! I love the fact that David's books appeal to modern kids without being patronising. And plenty of humour too!
I purchased this book as part a Christmas present for my sisters granddaughter. She loves David Walliams books. She will enjoy reading this book. I liked the fact that I found the whole process of finding and receiving the book quick and easy. The price was good too.