So I started reading Ratburger by David Walliams to my 6 year old and 3 year old nephews. They loved it and for very excitable boys, they sat and listened and laughed for the first 50 pages without being distracted by a squirrel or the like out the window. This was mainly due to the nasty but comical character, Zoe’s stepmother, Sheila. She was fabulously awful to read aloud!
This book in comparison to other stuff Walliams has done is a bit more creepy as there are some outrageously disgusting and horrible characters. Equally, there are characters that you really feel for, like Zoe’s dad who is feeling really down because he lost his job and can’t find a new one and subsequently spends quite a bit of time in the pub. Also, without ruining the book for you, there is a certain nasty character who you eventually can’t help but feel sorry for because they aren’t treated very well at home and it’s their way of dealing with it. It makes you think as we often assume that people choose to be unkind because they aren’t very nice, but it could be because that person is feeling sad or lonely.
Another good one by Walliams!