I wanted to read this book because some have proclaimed this man to be a successor to Roald Dahl. I have read (and loved) every single Dahl children’s novel (except one) and whilst I found Walliams' novel amusing he’s definitely not Roald Dahl.
The story line and the illustrations have a similar feel but where it all falls short is that Roald Dahl makes kids feel like adults with mature prose whereas this definitely reads like a children’s book.
In addition, I found some of the plot to be too unrealistic in an unexciting way. For instance, no kid is going to believe that a mobility scooter went onto the motorway, or that they pulled off their attempt at stealing the crown jewels all in one night or even that they got into Tower Bridge with almost no obstacle, everything was all plain sailing.
I won’t be too harsh. It’s easy reading, has a feel good factor and a few important life lessons such as the importance of treating older people with appreciation and respect. I would happily recommend this for those under eight years old.
By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
Time allowing, I love to read. If I read anything interesting, I will blog about it here.