Mr Stink is coming to the Melbourne Arts Centre

There are lots of David Walliams fans at our library who will be excited to know that his book Mr Stink is going to be performed as a play in Melbourne during the school holidays. It will be at the Melbourne Arts Centre at the Playhouse from April 1- 9.

Click HERE for more information and to book your tickets.

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams

This morning my mission was to buy two copies of David Walliams‘ new book The World’s Worst Children for our library…

I tracked the book down at Target and sent a tweet to alert other teacher librarians that the book was available. Imagine my surprise when about two minutes later my phone went ping and David Walliams himself had actually liked my tweet! Twitter had connected me in Melbourne, Australia to David Walliams in London, England and now he knows that two more copies of his new book are going to be read by lots of happy readers in our library in Australia!

I laughed a lot reading this book and I’m really looking forward to sharing it in our library. David Walliams is at his funniest and wickedest and Tony Ross’ humorous illustrations (in colour!) perfectly capture each child’s cautionary tale.

You are going to laugh, cringe, groan and maybe even be appalled when meeting these five beastly boys and five gruesome girls…

Dribbling Drew
Bertha the Blubberer
Nigel Nit-Boy
Grubby Gertrude
Brian Wong
Miss Petula Perpetual Motion
Peter Picker
Windy Mindy
Earnest Ernest
Sofia Sofa

Newsagent Raj writes the introduction and begs you NOT to read this AWFUL book, but you won’t be able to stop reading about Dribbling Drew and his destructive drool; Nigel Nit-boy who teaches his nits to do shocking things; Grubby Gertrude who delights in living in a rubbish dump bedroom; Windy Mindy who can’t control her bottom burps and you will have read all of the stories before you know it!

I wonder how many of you might be a bit like one of the worst children in the world? Careful or you might find yourself in David Walliams’ Volume Two of The Worst Children in the World…

A letter from David Walliams

One of our Year 3 students had a very exciting surprise in her mailbox last week. She had received a letter from one of her favourite authors and someone who is very popular in our library…David Walliams!! The letter had travelled via air mail all the way from England to Melbourne, Australia.

This student wrote to David Walliams on his website. David can’t reply personally to all of his fans, but it was still exciting to receive this letter.

We enjoyed listening to David’s letter and hearing that ‘Billionaire Boy’ is being made into a drama to be shown this Christmas on the BBC. We hope it will be shown here in Australia too as many of us have enjoyed watching ‘Mr Stink’ and ‘Gangsta Granny’.

The other very exciting news for fans of David Walliams who are impatiently waiting for his next book is that his new book called ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ is coming out on Thursday,September, 24th 

Jack’s Grandpa… wears his slippers to the supermarket, serves up Spam à la Custard for dinner and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day… An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart. Illustrated by the award-winning Tony Ross.

David Walliams @ The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne

It was an absolute treat to see David Walliams at The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne along with lots of very enthusiastic children holding copies of their favourite books.

 

You could feel the excitement in the air as we waited for David to appear on stage to talk with Meshel Laurie. David Walliams is very tall. He has a rich, deep voice, a very proper English accent and is very funny!

 

David began by telling us that it is a thrill to write children’s books and a wonderful responsibility. He likes that books last a long time and that they can be treasured (and you can keep writing as you get old!). He believes he is very lucky that his books have been illustrated by Quentin Blake and Tony Ross who help bring his characters to life. David has written TV shows but he wasn’t sure he if he could write books. (I’m sure his readers are very glad he gave it a go!) Today, David Walliams is regularly called “The New Roald Dahl”. His favourite Roald Dahl book when he was growing up was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Writing Tips….

David finds ideas anywhere and everywhere and always has a notebook handy to record his ideas

When he writes, David thinks of how he saw the world when he was a 12 year old boy

David says it’s a good idea to create a really good villain for your stories. The dreadful Aunt Alberta in Awful Auntie is his latest villain. We laughed out loud as he read how Aunt Alberta raised and trained her owl Wagner who is very much her ‘baby’ and they even wear matching pyjamas!!

 Did you know…

David Walliams’ own grandmother was the idea for his book Gangsta Granny

His character Raj is based on David’s own newsagent owner just up the road from him

David’s favourite book that he has written is Mr Stink. (He surprised himself that he could write a tender story!)

David has met the Queen four times. He doesn’t know if the Queen knows she is in his book Gangsta Granny!

David plays the Prime Minister in the Mr Stink movie

Mr Stink is coming to Sydney as a stage production in 2016

Fans of David Walliams will be very excited to hear that he is currently working on his next book about a boy who helps his grandfather escape from a high security old people’s home…sounds like another fun adventure to me!

Click on the books below to visit The World of David Walliams

Do you have a favourite book/s by David Walliams?