A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from the author of The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink.
Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe's rich. Really, really rich. Joe's got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orang-utan. He's the wealthiest 12-year-old in the land.
But Joe isn't happy. Why not? Because he's got a billion pounds… and not a single friend. But then someone comes along, someone who likes Joe for Joe, not for his money. The problem is, Joe's about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems.
The best things in life are free, they say – and if Joe's not careful, he's going to lose them all….
©2010 David Walliams (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth." (Telegraph Books of the Year)
“guaranteed to appeal to youngsters… definitely another hit for Walliams." (The Express)
David Williams books are one of my family's mainstays. We started with Mr. Stink, and the kids loved it, so they were excited to hear more. This was not one of our favorites though. Although the book had the same formula as the others, with a great deal of emotional struggles, and dismissive parenting, the book just did not add up. It just seemed to miss the magic of the others. If this is the first book of his you read, give another one a try. His others are definitely better. If you are a seasoned reader of David Williams, this book will be a slight disappointment.
"Good but not a classic, suitable for older childen"
David Walliams has produced a reasonably entertaining story here, but, despite selective press reviews to the contrary, he is not likely to overshadow Roald Dahl any time soon. As with all of his other books David's characters are flawed and sometimes exceedingly unpleasant - as are Dahl's - but the key difference is that Walliams is too keen to push boundaries at times by making all too frequent mild sexual references, which are too much for the target audience in my opinion.
I would love to let my six year old son listen to this, but references to Joe thinking about a young girl's breasts prevented me from allowing him to listen to what was otherwise a perfectly suitable and entertaining story - this kind of content appears a couple of times throught this story, but it doesn't add anything of substance to it. It just seems to be there for shock value.
On a positive note to finish, David narrates this story excellently as should be expected. I would recommend this for slightly older children (10+), which is not a limitation I would apply to any of the childrens titles by Roald Dahl.
"A Very Happy 6 Year Old Girl"
Nothing at all. Voices, dramatisation pace are all perfect. David Walliams reading his own content is a perfect mix.
I know it's a BIG comparison, but our daughter loves this book as much as she loves Matilda (Roald Dahl). The only difference is she has read both as books but only asked for Billionaire Boy as an audio book. I say it has a lot to do with David Walliams and how he brings his own stories to life.
His voice oozes out .... that's a compliment. The characters are so memorable our daughter can quote passages line for line. She listens to them over and over again.
We love them all.
We are just waiting for him to write his next one .... hurry up David :)
"Hilarious and brilliantly read , for ages 6 to 90"
An easy listen for any long car journey that will entertain the whole family. A boy whose father has become a multi billionaire from making toilet paper wants nothing more than an ordinary life, with ordinary friends, without the embarrasment of being known as 'bumboy' and without his father interfering and buying him everything in life. In his quest for anonimity he moves to a new school to start afresh without anyone knowing his background. David Walliams has a knack for identifying with children's emotions and this book is very funny and yet very down to earth. No sugar saccharine characters like so many other children's books. The shopkeeper, Raj, who features in all his books, provides many laugh out loud moments and frequently gets quoted by my children during any trip to shops. I think this book is a particularly suited to 8 to 10 year olds.
"listening to billionaire boy"
Billionaire boy was a fantastic book with lots of exciting parts,
my favourite character was: Bob because he is funny and i like his accent.
I rated this 5 star because it was full of imaginative characters. Maisie (aged 9)
"Fabulous!!, forget it is for children!"
Really enjoyed this, only listened to it as I had downloaded one for my grandchildren and I think I enjoyed it as much as she did!
Beautifully read, very funny and highly entertaining for whole family listening.Enjoyed by 7 year old, teenagers and adults alike.
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