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David Walliams

  • 5 stars across 33 books
    David Walliams has become one of Britain’s best-selling children’s book authors, often compared to Roald Dahl in his writing style. He writes three types of books: full-length fiction, short stories and picture books and all are illustrated. Generally I'd recommend his picture books for all ages, his short stories for ages 5+ and his full length fiction titles for ages 8+

    His new book, Fing was released in February 2019 and he has another book coming out in June 2019, The World's Worst Teachers which will be a collection of short stories in the same format as The World's Worst Children. The most popular David Walliams book on Toppsta, is his first short story collection, The World's Worst Children (2016) which is an hilarious collection of stories about the most gruesome, horrible children. His most popular full-length fiction book is Gangsta Granny (2011). There's a Snake in My School is his most popular picture book. 

    He wrote his first book, The Boy in the Dress back in 2008. He is a passionate champion of reading and in a recent interview with the Radio Times magazine, he said that if he was Prime Minister he would safeguard libraries and improve access to reading. You can read more here. There have also been numerous films (or movies if you prefer...) of his books including Mr Stink (2012), Gangsta Granny (2013), The Boy in the Dress (2014), Billionaire Boy (2016), Ratburger (2017), Grandpa's Great Escape (2018) and The Midnight Gang (2018) and Walliams always has a small part in each film so keep a look out for him!

    If your children like classical music (or you'd like to introduce them to classical music!) Classic FM announced a new 10 part podcast series, launching in February 2019, hosted by David Walliams, designed to bring classical composers and their pieces to life.

    Here are all the David Walliams Books in Order:

    The Boy in the Dress (2008)
    Mr Stink (2009)
    Billionaire Boy (2010)
    Gangsta Granny (2011)
    Ratburger (2012)
    Demon Dentist (2013)
    The Slightly Annoying Elephant (2013) - Picture Book
    The Queen's Orang-utan (2015) - Picture book for Comic Relief
    Awful Auntie (2014)
    The First Hippo on the Moon (2014) - Picture Book
    The Bear Who Went Boo! (2015) - Picture Book
    Grandpa's Great Escape (2015)
    The World's Worst Children (2016) - Short Story Collection
    The Midnight Gang (2016)
    There's a Snake in My School! (2016) - Picture Book
    The World's Worst Children 2 (2017) - Short Story Collection
    Bad Dad (2017)
    Boogie Bear (2017) - Picture Book
    The World's Worst Children 3 (2018)
    The Ice Monster (2018)
    Geronimo (2018) - Picture Book 
    Fing (2019)
    The World's Worst Teachers (June 2019)

    David Walliams Biography
    David Walliams was born David Williams on 20th August 1971 and changed his name when he joined the actors’ union, Equity and discovered there was already another actor named David Williams. He is 47 years old. 

    He has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent since 2012

    He is a keen swimmer and in 2006 he swam the English Channel for Sport Relief. It took him 10 hours and 34 minutes to swim and he raised over £1m!

    To date he has sold over eight million copies worldwide and his books have been translated into forty-six languages! Just think of all those children around the world enjoying his stories.

    His early books (The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink) are illustrated by Quentin Blake. His more recent titles including Gangsta Granny, Awful Auntie and Grandpa's Great Escape) are illustrated by Tony Ross.

    He has one son, Alfred with the actress Lara Stone. The couple married in 2010 and divorced in 2015.

    Our favourite David Walliams Book Characters
    Raj – from The Boy in the Dress, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny, Ratburger and Demon Dentist
    Granny – from Gangsta Granny
    Burt – from Ratburger

    Our favourite David Walliams Book Quotes
    “Adults always ask kids how they are doing at school. The one subject kids absolutely hate talking about. You don’t even want to talk about school when you are at school” (Gangsta Granny)

    “It’s strange how sometimes you can be so happy it goes all the way round to sadness” (Billionaire Boy)

    “Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it is correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well. He was the stinkiest, stinky stinker who ever lived.
    A stink is the worst type of smell. A stink is worse than a stench. And a stench is worse than a pong. And a pong is worse than a whiff. And a whiff can be enough to make your nose wrinkle” (Mr Stink)
    28th February 2013

    Gangsta Granny

    Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in... More

    (88 reviews)
    24th October 2016

    The Midnight Gang

    Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for... the Midn... More

    (84 reviews)
    22nd September 2014

    Awful Auntie

    From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure ... More

    (79 reviews)
    19th May 2016

    The World's Worst Children

    From the world's favourite author, David Walliams - ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of character... More

    (71 reviews)
    26th September 2013

    Demon Dentist

    The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number one bestselling author! Make your appointment if you ... More

    (67 reviews)
    9th June 2011

    Billionaire Boy

    A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from David Walliams, number one bestseller and one of the fastest gr... More

    (55 reviews)
    2nd November 2017

    Bad Dad

    Read David Walliams' latest bestselling children's book, Bad Dad , a fast and furious adventure for ... More

    (49 reviews)
    21st September 2015

    Grandpa's Great Escape

    The hotly-anticipated next novel from NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams Jack's Grandpa... ... More

    (47 reviews)
    19th September 2012


    The fifth screamingly funny novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in ... More

    (38 reviews)
    2nd January 2014

    The Boy in the Dress

    NEW BOOK AND CD PACK - The sparkling debut children's novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest gro... More

    (36 reviews)
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