The World’s Worst Pets by David Walliams | Book Review

“Most pets are cute and cuddly. They give you love and make you happy. However, there are pets that cause devastation, distress and despair. These are the pets I will be telling you about in this book. They are so much more fun than the nice ones. ~David Walliams”

These ten tales of the world’s craziest creatures will have you shaking with laughter. You’ll never look at pets in the same way again!

Marvel at Houdini, the magician’s rabbit. Take a trip around the world with Zoom, the supersonic tortoise. Gasp at the chaos created by Griselda, a grizzly bear with a big secret. And RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! It’s Furp, the monstrous goldfish!

Good pets, bad pets, supervillain pets, pets as big as a house and pets that could eat you in one gulp – these are the most hilarious and horrendous animals around.

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My brother is a huge dog lover while I’m not a pet person at all (Sorry, not sorry). I’m often blamed for being the reason we don’t have a dog so I thought I’d use this book as an argument in my favour.

I always enjoy reading how David Walliams brings his whacky stories to life with the most bizarre characters. Not only are these pets out of control, their owners are equally strange. And the pair of them put together bring enough mayhem to end the world.

The pets all have special skills which make them unique. Some of my favourites were the dog who demands a musical, a pony that can paint, the battling hamster and gerbil, and a bunny who outsmarts his owner at his own game.

This is the first book I’ve read that is illustrated by Adam Stower and his work is fabulous. He adds so much personality to the characters with the simplest splashes of colour and the most subtle expressions.

Even reading the Thank-Yous in this book are so fun. In his acknowledgements for this book, Walliams shares which animal each of his gang member would like to be. I quite like the idea of being a multi-tasking octopus, though I’d probably use all eight hands to just eat cake all day.

A rib-tickling peek into how the minds of animals might work, this is a guaranteed entertainer where silly ideas are executed with creative plans. Psst… If you’re trying to convince someone why not to get that pet lion, this book is your answer.

The World’s Worst Pets by David Walliams. Illustrated in colour by Adam Stower. Published in 2022 by HarperCollins Children’s Book, HarperCollins India.

Book 39 of 2022.

Aquamarine Flavours Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.

Available on Amazon*.

About Photo: Despite not being a pet person, I’ve wondered (on rare occasions) if I should, perhaps, get a gold fish. However, after reading the story of Furp the Fish, I reckon I’m good with the way things are.
This larger than usual origami goldfish, a stand-in for Furp, is made with 80gsm paper.
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About the Author: David Walliams is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality. He began writing children’s novels in 2008 and has been described as “the fastest-growing children’s author in the UK”, with a literary style compared to that of Roald Dahl.
He continues to take the literary world by storm and his books have been adapted for the television and stage. David’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks at children’s number one, and have been translated in over 55 languages, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.
To know more, follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
About the Illustrator: Adam Stower is an author and award-winning illustrator, who has collaborated with David Walliams on several of his books for children. He has been drawing pictures and making up stories for as long as he can remember. Adam was born in England but grew up in Switzerland and Germany. After nine years at an ancient boarding school in Norfolk, Adam trained at the Norwich School of Art earning a first class Honours Degree in Illustration. He moved south to continue his studies at Brighton University and achieved a Masters degree in Narrative Illustration and Editorial Design. Adam fell in love with the city and lives there still, with his wife and daughter and a cat called Murray.
You can find him on Instagram and Twitter.
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