David Walliams’s brand new book, Slime, is released in stores today!
If there are kids in your life, or you’ve ever been in a bookshop, or you have a television, you’re bound to know about David Walliams and his record-smashing rise to children’s author royalty — he’s been there for quite a while now and still going strong. We’re talking thirty-five million sales worldwide in more than fifty-three languages. Why? Because he’s so gosh-darned funny! Having gained a massive fan-following through his charming characters, vivid ideas and, let’s face it, huge love of gross-out humour, Walliams continues to delight young readers everywhere with the help of super-illustrator Tony Ross. And now we have a new one… about… the origins of…slime.
Here we’ll be having a look at this new book and at some of his other recent ones too.
Slime (2020) – Was R249 Now R229 Save R20
Yep, there’s something oh-so-irresistible about slime, isn’t there?
The Island of Mulch (as if the name wasn’t a clue) is not the best place for kids to live. All the adults basically suck. In fact, ruled over by the fearsome Aunt Greta Greed, they seem to go out of their way to make the children miserable. But how can the kids turn their fortunes around? Who among them can overthrow this tyranny? Well, there’s Ned!
Ned’s been stuck on Mulch forever and his life mostly consists of either grappling with Jemima, his trickster sister, or survivor the grown-ups and their wicked nonsense. But all that changes when he discovers the mysterious slime. Ned gets the impression that slime might hold the answers to their plight, but who is it? What does it want? How does it work and where did it come from? As he delves into its legend and its origins, Ned starts to realise the incredible power of… slime! Oh, adults, you’re for it now!
Hilariously mad, sufficiently gross and enchanting as always: who could resist a tale of righteous empowerment through slimepower?
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Librarians Mr and Mrs Meek are absolutely devoted to their daughter, Myrtle. Yes, there’s more or less nothing they wouldn’t do to keep her happy. So when mollycoddled Myrtle decides that want she wants most of all is a Fing, obviously Mr and Mrs Meek get right on it! Except, well, they don’t actually know what a Fing is. Does anyone? Their quest to find this Fing takes them first into the library’s forbidden vaults, where they discover a mysterious old book that might give them a clue, and thence deep into the jungle… and anywhere else they might find one.
Walliams himself reckons this is his funniest book. Need we say more?
The Beast of Buckingham Palace (2019)
The Beast of Buckingham Palace is the author’s first leap into fantasy and science fiction (why not do them both at once?) and the results are both magical and hilarious. In it, the London of the 22nd century is a ruin populated by all-manner of fantastical creatures and bumptious beasts… not that young Prince Alfred knows it. He knows little of the goings-on beyond the walls of the palace in which he has spent his sheltered life. But when the gates are breached by peculiar forces and the Queen is dragged off to the Tower of London, Alfred must summon what little courage he can to save his mother, and the entire city, from the clutches of mythical madness.
It’s an adventure like no other, full of Walliams’ trademark outrageous humour and brimming with mysterious and creative adversaries.
The World’s Worst Children & The World’s Worst Teachers (2016 – 2019)
Yes, it’s a glorious parade of rudeness, grossness, laziness, unbearableness and down-right-unrestrainable-dreadfulness for all the fun young readers out there. But don’t worry mums and dads, as always this horrible bunch are here to teach us all the errors of their outlandish ways.
Some of Walliams’ best stories begin and end with the characters themselves and (usually) how awful they are in their unique and various ways. While the adventures that their terrible habits and personalities get them into are always wickedly delicious and filled with mischief, it’s also fair to say that these collections humorously caution against the calamities of questionable behaviour.
Sure, we all know that kids can be gross and that teachers can be terrible, but, frankly, we don’t know the half of it! There are horriblenesses herein that only Walliams could think up.
Two Chilly Titles: The Ice Monster (2018) and The Creature Choir(2019)
Okay, both these books obviously had a certain Christmassy appeal in mind, but hey, walruses, mammoths, avalanches and the North Pole don’t rely on seasonal celebrations for their adventures. Besides, it’s practically winter anyway.
You know you are in for an epic, arctic adventure of mammoth proportions when The Ice Monster stomps onto the scene!
When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster found at the North Pole, she’s determined to discover more… A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime!
It’s true, anything that gets you singing is a good thing.
What’s perhaps not so good, is Warble the walrus’s singing. But she doesn’t care. She just loves to sing. You wouldn’t think that off-key caterwauling could do any real damage, anyway, would you? In this instance, sadly, you’d be wrong. When Warble’s woeful warbling manages to cause an avalanche, the other walruses figure it’s probably wise to keep their distance. There are other animals out their though, and when you do what you love to do loud enough, someone’s bound to hear you eventually.
The perfect story for younger readers and anyone who loves laughing and singing and being happy and being loud.
And The Rest
Sorry that we couldn’t feature each and every book in Walliams’ fabulously extensive catalogue. There are quite a lot, you know. So, if you want to know what else is out there, you can ask the man himself: