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Billionaire Boy

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  4,300 Ratings  ·  356 Reviews
Title: Billionaire Boy Binding: Audiocd Author: David Walliams Publisher: HARPER COLLINS CHILDRENS AUDIO
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 1st 2010)
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Petra Eggs
Money doesn't buy you happiness, but it certainly buys you a lot of "friends" who are never going to make you happy. Your money is the means by which they are going to fulfil their own agendas, it's not you they are interested in buddying up to. Not having money doesn't make you happy either. I think the best balance is enough to pay all your bills and have a nice holiday every year and a private jet and pilot, a yacht in the marina and a bright yellow Lamborghini in the drive owning your own ho ...more
Jo Woolfardis
This review can be found on Amaranthine Reads.

It's strange how sometimes you can be so happy it goes all the way round to sadness.

The only David Walliams book I have read is Ratburger, which I thought was a great book and not unexpected from the comedy genius that is Walliams. I have seen a few more adaptations of his other works and found them to be largely hit-and-miss and, sadly, Billionaire Boy was one of the adaptations that I disliked and couldn't actually finish watching.

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Dec 25, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My niece has been telling me to read some David Walliams books for a while now (she can be quite forceful for a ten-year-old). I was initially reluctant as, I have to admit, I’m not really a fan of Walliams’ television work.

Then the audiobook version of ‘Billionaire Boy’ turned up as Audible’s book of the day for £1.99 and I thought ‘Oh, go on then’. (Actually, I thought ‘if I read this, perhaps my niece will stop beating me up’.)

Within ten minutes I was laughing out loud and wishing I’d listene
Jan 21, 2013 Rohan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Spud is a twelve year old boy. He is overweight and over rich. He has everything you can possibly (even his own formula one race car and a 1000 seater couch) imagine except a friend. When he was young, he was poor because his dad had worked in a loo factory making loo rolls everyday. When he was 10 his mother died and his dad decided he was going to make his own special loo rolls. He then quit work and started his business. He called it Bumfresh. since Joe wanted to get a friend, he decides ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a very bold comment to make but I actually think David Walliams might be better than Roald Dahl. I know, I know. Roald Dahl is phenomenal, amazing, one of a kind, etc. But David's books are so genuinely good, kind, honest, heart warming and most importantly wise. But not in a posh way. Just in a everyday-life-type-of-wise way.
Admirations, Mr Walliams. You really did make my heart go "awww". I will be always grateful for that.
Michael Finocchiaro
We absolutely adored this book - our first David Williams one with the relationship between Joe Spud and Bob and we are introduced to the ineffable, hilarious Raj! A story of friendship and the value of money vs family as well as a hilarious plot, this was an absolutely delightful read for any kid over 6 or 7!
Siva Nachiappan
Feb 01, 2016 Siva Nachiappan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billionaire Boy, by David Walliams, is about a 12 year old boy called joe Spud. He's a billionaire and has everything he wants; a formula one racing car, a thousand pairs of trainers, a race track, even an orangutang butler. But the only think Joe really wants that he cannot buy is a true friend. Not a bunch of bullies at a rich private school who tease him. No, Joes wants a friend. And the only way he decides to get one, is to go to public school and hide that he is a billionaire. David Walliam ...more
Leo Kwon
Nov 10, 2014 Leo Kwon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about Joe Spud, who is a heir of billionaire Len Spud who invented the half dry, half moist toilet paper. Joe decided to go to regular school since he never made any friend in his original posh school. At the first day he tries his best to keep the secret and also got to be friend with a boy named Bob. Bob finds out Joe's secret but still he still wants to be his friend. As the story goes on Joe finds out that something can never be bought with money and somethings are more valuable ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Viktoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2013
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Jun 04, 2012 Haroon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is really good. If you like humorous books this is right up your street. this book really can make you laugh but also can make you a bit upset. This was the first David walliams book i purchased and I thought it would be quite funny because everyone said he writes like roald dahl (one of my favourite authors). This book highly exeeded my expectations and I am very happy I purchased this. I have also read his other book Gangsta granny which was equally as good if not more and soon I wil ...more
So far I haven't read a David Walliams children's book that we haven't enjoyed. Which is a better track record than Roald Dahl, whose novels have been a bit more hit or miss There's a good moral message in this one - you can't buy happiness - money doesn't make you happy, and friends are made not bought.
Meghan Griffiths
David Walliams's Billionaire Boy is a fabulously, hilarious book about Joe Spud, the billionaire son of the man who created 'Bumfresh', a type of bog roll. Joe Spud is a ridiculously spoilt child who has everything except what he really wants, a friend. In search for a friend, Joe Spud starts a new school, trying to kept his millions a secret, in attempt to make a true friend. He meets Bob, a boy who lives in a small flat with his mum, not owning a lot and being the school outcast. Bob befriends ...more
Rebecca Brown
Aug 05, 2013 Rebecca Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of David Walliams and have been meaning to try out his children’s books for a while, so ‘Billionaire Boy’ seemed a good first choice.

‘Billionaire Boy’ is a heart-warming story about a 12-year-old boy, Joe, who has everything money can buy. But he’s lonely, and doesn’t have a single friend. This story follows Joe on his quest to find a friend, where he learns about trust and companionship, and ultimately that money can’t buy friendship.

I really enjoyed reading this book as it is pa
Laura O Driscoll
May 03, 2012 Laura O Driscoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not often that a celebrity crosses from entertainment into literature with any real success. However, David Walliams’ ‘Billionaire Boy’ highlights his true talent in the field of children’s novels.
The story centres on Joe, the richest twelve year old boy in the world, whose father earned his billions inventing a new type of toilet roll, moist on one side and dry on the other, called ‘Bumfresh’. He gets everything he could ever possibly want or need. However, the one thing he doesn’t have,
Mar 04, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars!

This was a really sweet read about a boy named Joe Spud, whose father is a billionaire. Joe has everything his father thinks he could want in life, from crocodiles to a custom sports car. But the one thing Joe wants, is a friend.

I've been wanting to read one of Walliams' books for a while now, having watched him on various tv roles for years. And I completely understand why these books are so popular. The comparisons to Roald Dahl are realistic and fair, and i just know that if these b
Nov 19, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite part of this book is chapter 24:(view spoiler)
Nov 06, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is a good book but you can get bored of it but it is a good book
Mark Warner
Oct 22, 2011 Mark Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-kids
A touching story about a very rich boy without any friends. Another really funny book by David Walliams.
Tom Hodge
Mar 19, 2015 Tom Hodge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people have relationship problems and they try to find ways to fix it. R. J. Palacio uses relationship problems in his story ‘Wonder’ and so does David Williams in his story ‘Billionaire Boy.’ In both “Wonder” and “Billionaire Boy” good friends are hard to find and it is hard to make strong relationships. In wonder Auggie has an deformed face and he finds it hard to make friends and keep strong relationships. In Billionaire Boy Joe is fat and gets called names by other classmates and his fa ...more
Chicco Padovan
Jun 08, 2016 Chicco Padovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giò Patata ha dodici anni ed è miliardario.
Suo papà è ricco sfondato e gli compra tutto quello che vuole.
C’è solo una cosa che il denaro non può acquistare: un amico…

Iniziamo con una piccola curiosità sull’autore.
David Walliams in Inghilterra è una stella del piccolo schermo. È giudice a Britain’s got talent e conduttore di numerosi programmi televisivi. Insomma, un VIP prestato alla letteratura per ragazzi.
Passiamo a una considerazione sulla sua scrittura a livello generale.
Ho già letto un pai
Sita Maria
Oct 10, 2013 Sita Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a chapter book about a 12 year old boy that is very rich and has lots of materialistic things, a bowling alley, a butler etc however he is lonely and doesn’t have any friends. He starts a new school as he wants to make friends. He gets bullied and does make a new friend. The story has the message that money cannot by you happiness and the character ‘Joe’ learns about friendship and companionship. It also tackles real social issues such as bullying however the book still contains humour. ...more
Samantha O'Leary
This is a great book for kids to start to explore the mysteries of wealth. That notion of mansions and fancy cars and all the toys and chocolate a child could want holds a fascinating allure, but David Walliams hilariously shows that it's not always all that it's cracked up to be. Joe, our protagonist quickly learns that life gets boring even with all those things if it doesn't also include love, friendship and kindness. Snappy writing and lots of silliness make this a great read for kids.
Tracy Terry
The third book to be published and what a disappointment it was.

The tale of Joe Spud whose father has worked his way up from the bottom (excuse the pun) working in a loo roll factory to become a billionaire entrepreneur who revolutionised toilet roll by inventing Freshbum', a toilet roll that is dry on one side and moist on the other.

OK, so Billionaire Boy, essentially a book about how money cannot buy friendship/happiness, is hardly a story without a moral agenda but I felt there there was som

A lame, self-indulgent offering from Mr. Little Britain, worshipped by the media and most kids who read his books.

The book is full of stereotypes, mean characters, with a core negative outlook, and bad writing. A kid's book if it can't be enjoyed by an adult is not a good book. This is NOT a good book. There's a misplaced pop at Mr. Morgan, apparently his nemesis or something - who knew?

There is something off about this book which is too silly by half.

One of three books by Walliams I'll be re
Karl A
Jun 25, 2012 Karl A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a boy called Joe whose life changes thanks to a new product that his father has invented. The invention is a ‘wet and dry’ toilet paper which earns the father big money. Even though the family becomes rich, the parents' of Joe divorce. Joe becomes very spoilt but also an unhappy 12 year old. Joe has everything except friends. The plot is very engaging and the characters develop as you read! Joe learns the real value of friendship and his father learns how to properly expres ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Pam_matharu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character of the book Joe Spud has everything a twelve year old boy can dream of; he has a bowling alley and his own cinema. But even though he has extreme wealth, one thing he is missing is a friend. So after talking his dad into allowing him to join a comprehensive school, he searches for a friend. He soon realises that money will not buy everything and learns some harsh lessons after using his money to protect his friend. This book would be most enjoyable for key stage 2 children and ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Sigrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekenbingo-2016
Wat een ontzettend leuk boek. Joe heeft een rijke vader en woont hierdoor in een heel groot huis. Hij zit op de duurste school en heeft zelfs een racebaan thuis. Toch zou hij het liefst een echte vriend willen. Daarom vraagt hij aan zijn vader of hij naar een gewone school toe mag gaan.

Dit mag. Hij vertelt daar niemand over zijn achtergrond. Het werkt, want hij wordt dikke vrienden met Bob. Toch komt zijn verhaal uit, als zijn vader met helikopter op het plein landt. Helaas gaat het dan met de v
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A book for kids about a boy whose father is a billionaire due to inventing a new type of toilet paper, and how difficult it is to find normality. Shockingly misogynistic - there isn't a single sympathetic female character - and all the kids appear to be white. Lots of poo jokes as well, for those who like poo jokes.
Julie Hudson
Apr 16, 2016 Julie Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that Daisy and I have both read and reviewed - I also really enjoyed it. I picked it up to briefly read in the library and ended up taking it home as I wanted to finish it. Very well written, I especially liked the recipes offered by the lady in the canteen, Mrs Trafe: eg deep fried blue tack, turban soup, mashed potato & sock cheese. Nice moral lesson, very funny, very Roald Dahlesque. Hope Daisy will now want to read some other David Walliams books.
Mar 25, 2015 Ria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy called Joe Spud with a lot of of money. Joe soon learns money is not everything.
I like this book because it is a funny but sad story and because there is a twist at the end, it teaches you that friends and family come before money. I would have loved the book to be longer. I would recommend this book to people who like to be entertained and like sad endings.
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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl.
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