The Worlds Worst Children 2 – REVIEW
I wanted to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people at Harper Collins NZ for sending me a copy of The World’s Worst Children 2, so that I could review it for all my lovely readers. I’ve been looking forward to reading this one and letting you all know what I thought, and finally I have my review up for you now. I will also be reviewing some other books they sent me very soon. You can see what reviews will be coming up HERE.
Author: David Walliams
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Published: June 2017 by Harper Collins
Genre: Middle Grade, Short Stories
Page Count: 272
Source: Harper Collins NZ
This gorgeous collection of ten stories from the master himself, David Walliams, will make you snort with laughter and thank your lucky stars that you don’t know anyone like Gruesome Griselda or Fussy Frankie in real life. It also features a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj! Gloriously illustrated in full colour throughout by artistic genius Tony Ross, The World’s Worst Children 2 is a side-splitting companion to David’s blockbuster hit, The World’s Worst Children, and the perfect gift for kids aged 9 and up. – Harper Collins NZ
The wonderful people over at Harper Collins sent me this title to review as they knew I had been reading plenty of Children’s and Middle Grade books while building my daughters library. The recommended I give this one a go, and I jumped at the opportunity. I had not read anything by David Walliams before, but I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about. When I picked this up I was completely drawn in by the gorgeous and sparkly cover.My goal was to try and read it with a child’s innocence and humor, whilst also looking at it from a parents point of view. So… what did I think?
This book is a whole lot of fun. With 10 wonderfully illustrated short stories written for 9-12 year olds, each one sillier and funnier than the last. I felt like the stories were very reminiscent of Roald Dahl in the utter ridiculousness of them, and kids love over the top and crazy. Although, I do feel as though the writing style of this collection of stories would be better for a younger audience than intended, maybe 7-10 years. However some of the content I think was definitely intended for the target age group.
Out of the 10 stories I really enjoyed “Harry, Who Never Ever Did His Homework” and “Trish the Troll” the most. I thought they were entertaining and that children would find them incredibly funny.
The truths mixed with the absolute nonsense that makes up these stories made me feel like they would definitely appeal to young children, and possibly make them want to read! Getting kids to enjoy reading is definitely something I am very passionate about, so that was a major plus for the better stories in this collection.
However, I really did not enjoy “Humbert the Hungry Baby” or “Cruel Clarissa”. I found some of the content in these stories a little inappropriate for children. I understand that this collection is supposed to be about horrible children, but the idea of a baby falling from a building or a child torturing animals in a children’s book just didn’t sit quite right with me.
Obviously this is just my personal view, and I encourage any parents out there to give this book a read and decide for yourself if the content will be okay for your child.
Overall, this is a fun and silly book that kids will love. I don’t think it’s particularly educational, or full of any particularly great morals or emotional learning points. But there is nothing wrong with a little nonsense every now in again, and we all know laughter is good for you!
You can find out where to purchase a copy of The World’s Worst Children over at Harper Collins NZ!