Genres: Childrens, Humour
Release Date: 01/06/2009
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Everybody needs friends,
especially a boy in a dress! Dennis's life is boring and lonely. His
mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his
brother is a bully and, worst of all, 'no hugging' is one of their
household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer - he's the
leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion
When Dennis's friend Lisa discovers his stash of
Vogue magazines, she convinces him to vamp it up and wear a dress to
school. But in class, his hilarious hijinks as Denise are brought to a
screeching halt when the headmaster discovers his secret and delivers
the worst punishment of all - Dennis is expelled from school and therefore
forbidden to play in the soccer Final Cup!
Can the team win the
most important game of the year without their star player? And, more
importantly, will Dennis gain the love and respect of his friends and
family, even in a dress?
I'd never picked up a David Walliams book before this one, but the premise intrigued me. I'm always curious about books and movies with people doing unusual things, so the story of a boy in a dress caught my attention. This was a really well written book, perfect for fans of Billy Elliot.
In the vein of Billy Elliot, Dennis comes from a family with no mother and one brother, and a very traditional father, except this one drives a truck instead of works in a mine. It's a simple, cute story and I really appreciated David showing that gender roles really aren't important, as well as showing that you don't need to be gay to want to wear a dress anymore. Or female.
One thing I always have trouble with with these books is the publisher. David is a children's author, but his books are constantly being regaled as the new Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake even illustrates them. David's books are nothing like Roald Dahls and sadly, I have to say, do not quite live up to the standard of Dahl either, so the whole think just comes across as some sort of gimmick.
This book has a predictably cute but very enjoyable ending and I finished the whole thing in a couple of hours, It's a very cute, fun read that I think many kids will love. David covers issues that are not often written about in children's literate and handles them extremely well while still keeping the story light and funny.