The jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number one bestselling author! Make your appointment if you dare…
Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow.
Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?
Read this book and find out!
PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
"Unlike other celebrity authors, Walliams can write; his energetic fairytale will be relished" – The Times
“The joy of David’s books are that he completely understands how children think and feel and is never ever patronising” – The Sun
“David Walliams has become a formidable force in the world of children's literature” – The Sun
“Further proof that Walliams has become a master storyteller” "Walliams manages to infuse his novels with genuine wit and sly commentary" – Heat Magazine
"Comedian David Walliams has taken the publishing world by storm" – The Metro
About the author
David Walliams has revolutionised reading for children and become one of the most influential children’s writers today. Since the publication of his ground-breaking first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), Walliams has seen unprecedented growth with global sales exceeding 40 million copies, and his books translated into 53 languages.
Born in London, Tony Ross went to art school in Liverpool. His cartoons have appeared in famous publications the world over. His first book, Hugo and the Wicked Winter, was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000!
David and Tony have worked on seven bestselling picture books together, and thirteen of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels. David and Tony also collaborated on the 2017 World Book Day title, BLOB, and on the blockbuster collections The World’s Worst Children 1, 2 and 3, The World’s Worst Teachers and The World’s Worst Parents.
A bestselling author for children in the U.K., comedian Walliams (Mr. Stink) promises "a horror story. With quite a lot of made-up words" in the preface to this novel, and what follows is indeed a ghastly affair. Alfie Griffith, 12, has it rough: dead mother, dying father, and an early-life experience with the dentist so grisly that he never returned, leaving him with a mouthful of rotting teeth. When a new dentist arrives, Alfie's social worker insists he visit, even though Miss Root is clearly evil. Her arrival coincides with a disturbing crime spree: teeth left under pillows are replaced not with shillings but with horrifying calling cards: a human eyeball, a dead cockroach, a bat wing (still flapping). The grotesqueries evoke Dahl, but the comparison ends there. The jokes are stale (especially the ones at the expense of the overweight social worker), the adults all buffoons, and the plot a couple hundred pages longer than necessary. Ross's humorous illustrations recall Quentin Blake's, but aren't enough to buoy the sagging adventure or an ending so sugar-coated it would keep Miss Root in business for years. Ages 8 12.