National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year 2014
From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure.
Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve....
©2014 David Walliams (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale… hilarious." (Amanda Craig, The Times)
Yes, we loved World's Worst Children
The scary/depressing start to the book lasts too long. My kids are 5 and 7, and got really bored because it just went on and on with the poor protagonist never having a win. And oh my goodness, all those lists are really tough going in an audiobook. Perhaps they work better in a physical book, but become groan-worthy in an audio version!
I'd love to know how the story ends, and we're close to the end, but my kids are just not interested anymore, the going has been too hard!
All the narrators are truly excellent!
Probably at least half of the lists, and at least a third of the "bad luck" before the girl starts getting her own back.
I wouldn't recommend this particular book as an audiobook, despite the narration being excellent, and David Walliams having other good books for kids this age (and suitable as audiobooks).
I thought this book had lots of funny bits. I loved all of the twists and turns. I thought it was a great book that everyone should read. My mum thought I should read a David Walliams book I picked to read this one.
I loved this book-all of it! It's a great book and it's really hilarious!
I would recommend this book to anyone! Anyone can enjoy this wonderful book.
I rated this book 5 star because it's a fantastic book and I really REALLY enjoyed it!
It had suspenseful moments and definitely had me on the edge of my chair! David Walliams is so unique and makes so many brilliant accents! I will be sure to recommend this book along with all of his other books! ~Matilde :)
"Another hilarious, touching David Walliam's book"
Funny, evil and cruel.
My favourite character was Gibbons the butler. He is silly in a funny way. My usual in David Walliam's books is Rajah but just you wait and see.....!
My favourite character preformed by Walliams is Wagna the owl because it really sounds like there is an owl in your ear!
I loved the part when they planned revenge
I had to ration my time listening to the book each evening as I didn't want it to be over too quick! David Walliams is such a brilliant narrator you wouldn't know it was the same person doing the voices. Last bit of book hilarious.
"Best David Walliams book to date"
The whole family loved this book for so many reasons. I think it will become a timeless classic. It is extremely funny, not too sad, and not too gruesome. It is perfectly narrated by David Walliams as always. 12 year old artistocrat Stella is left in the care of her Awful Aunt Alberta, when her parents pass away in car accident. All is not as it seems at Saxby Hall, and Aunt Alberta does not have Stella's best interests at heart. The story line is hilarious, even the slightly sad bits, and it was a joy to listen to. There are magical elements in the form of a friendly ghost, which truly made this book special.
My family are great Walliams fans.It was lovely to listen to David Walliams intonation and voice.You really felt what bits he enjoyed most writing, what he thought was important and awfully scary .
Most of the Williams books have the same theme. Kid against grown up evil. According to our 10yr old Demon Dentist was the most comparable.
Having him reading the book to you was like sitting in the room with a great storyteller. As mentioned before, it was nice to have his interpretation.
Must see before Halloween. :-D
We can't have enough David Walliams books.
"I loved the book"
I loved the book. It was really great. I really enjoyed listening to the book
"Great family entertainment for a long car journey"
Loved the story and great performance. Only complaint was felt a bit too like Matilda for me.
By annabelle aged 8
I love all characters and the story is the best because David Walliams does lots of amazing voices for the characters in the book 😃😄
I like the story even though it took a bit longer and was a bit more scary than the other books David Williams has written.
Really fun story and love David's Narration! Loved how this story was set away from modern times. Made this story very different from his others.
"My kids loved it, David Williams is great."
My kids loved it, David Williams is great at narrating his story, kept them happy on a long car journey.
Brilliant story unfortunately ruined for probably anyone who has any knowledge of Austria and its composers . cannot believe that someone as knowledgeable as David Walliam's, or anyone editing this book, could accuse Johann Strauss of being German. This is like saying Winston Churchill was French. sorry, it may sound petty, but this glaring error really ruined the book. please sort it out. thanks.
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