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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,079 ratings  ·  140 reviews
This is the story of a little girl called Zoe. Things are not looking good for Zoe. Her hamster just died, her stepmother hates her, the school bully makes her life a misery. And now the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers is after her new pet rat Armitage. Armitage is no ordinary rat; he can break dance! But does Burt appreciate Armitage for his talents? No. Can you guess what ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2012)
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Patrick Gralton
My second book review is on 'Ratburger' by David Walliams.

This is a humourously descriptive book which I believe would be of interest to the seven to nine age-group.It has ongoing humourous footnotes which is a concept children need to become aware of for their future educational life.
- It introduces Death and the process of dealing with it.
- It develops tension and mystery.
- It illustrates the societal realities of Outsourcing by big Business.
- It uses descriptive adjectives such as 'Menagerie'
Stuart Willy
Ratburger – David Walliams (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
Eleven year old Zoe has started at secondary school and things are not going well; she is poor, short and has red hair so she is bullied. To add to her woes her mother is passed away and her father is an unemployed ice-cream maker. To make matters worse her obese stepmother, who is obsessed with prawn cocktail crisps is utterly deplorable using her father for his benefits and doing nothing but criticise and Zoe. Her only solace is in her p
Sam Hopper
I have heard a lot of praise for David Walliams novels and therefore chose to read his latest work, Ratburger, as a ‘funny book’ to review.

It is the story of a little girl called Zoe who has a particularly tough time of things. Being very poor, as well as, small with ginger hair and braces makes her the target for school bully Tina Trotts. She also has the misfortune of living with her lazy, malevolent stepmother, whilst her broken hearted dad spends most of his time at the pub, on the 37th flo
Son muy entretenidos estos libros, pero hay algo que no termina de convencerme de este autor. Sentía mucha curiosidad por leerlo debido al autor famoso/ancestral/milenario que todos amamos con el que lo comparan, pero aunque noto la similitud entre sus letras, la comparación no me agrada, le queda un poco grande para mi gusto.

Reitero, son libro entretenidos, divertidos, ideales para el publico al que van dirigidos. Pero todos tienen algún que otro detalle demasiado triste o morboso para middle g
Saoirse Sterling
Zoe lives in a block of grimy flats with a dad she loves and an evil stepmother she utterly despises when she suddenly finds her hamster, Gingernut, dead. Sad and alone, Zoe then befriends a baby rat, but that's when all the trouble starts...

I borrowed this off my nephew, who said it was "a little bit terrifying". I can see what he means, actually; I've read a lot of "Children's" books (quoted because not all children's books should only be read by children) and I've found the are generally two
Samantha Sterling
After hearing a lot of positive comments about this book I decided to read it and see what the hype surrounding David Walliam's is all about. Ratburger is a story about a young girl called Zoe who has just started secondary school. Her beloved hamster has just died, she has ginger hair, she is very poor as her father has lost his job and she has a horrible stepmother who does nothing but insult Zoe and eat prawn cocktail crisps! Zoe adores animals and is heartbroken to find her hamster dead one ...more
Flynn Oberdries
One of the best books I've read it has a hooking story line and one of the best selling kids books. I read it in 3 day new record.
I chose it read this book because dad did some research and found this book and bought it for me. when i saw it it look interesting and when i read the back i got hooked. I think the category on the bingo board, this book fits into is the Female Main Character because the main character is a girl called Zoe and i think that there is not many book that i will read tha
Samantha Starkey
Not my favourite of David William's story, but perhaps thats because I don't like the idea of what happens with the burgers ;) I always enjoy that there are messages and morals to David's wild tales that clearly grab the childhood reader in us all. I had strong reactions to the characters in this tale - hate, sympathy, love. I am sure children would be able to relate the the step-mother and down trodden and out of luck father. A story to inspire hope, the ever strong and infinite power of father ...more
Thea Thebookgirl
Broodje rat is een hilarisch, verdrietig én hartverwarmend verhaal. Ik heb gelachen, geschaterd, leefde mee met Zoë, gruwelde bij de vermorzelmachine en zat in spanning bij de bevrijdingsactie van Zoë en haar vader. Het verhaal eindigt met ... nee, ik ga niets verklappen, kan alleen maar zeggen; lees het verhaal, het is de moeite waard! Ik ben fan van David Walliams' boeken en kijk reeds uit naar zijn volgende boek!

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The fifth screamingly funny novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country, now available in paperback.

From the bestselling author of Gangsta Granny and Demon Dentist comes another hilarious, action-packed and touching novel – the story of a little girl called Zoe. Things are not looking good for Zoe. Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her. The school bully Tina Trotts mak
I have never read anything by David Walliams before and brought this at the airport waiting for a flight home. I just wanted a book. It's a really easy read, obviously suited to kids. David Walliams is a good story teller there are some cracking pictures in here too.

There's not much I can say about the Book. It's simple. Strange. Kids will love it. I found it odd. But it was fun. I've another book to read by this author so I'm holding out for judgement yet.
Another very entertaining book by one my family's favorite children's authors, David Walliams. We have appreciated how Walliams has taken up social causes and collectives slighted by society and challenged us to a more just, sane and compassionate perspective. Regarding RatBurger we did find it a bit more challenging to identify the moral of the story. The closest we came up with is that understanding your enemy (Tina Trotts) can help you empathize with her, or people can change (i.e. Zoe's dad) ...more
Aidan Michael
A wickedly funny story.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I liked it. Very obviously Dahl-esque, but engaging and loopy and also gruesome!
I found this hard to listen to. Not because it is a bad children's book or because David Walliams doesn't read his own work well but it is a tough story, the crowd pleasing fantastical gruesomeness and the depiction of a daily dreary grind but most of all the very effectively conveyed sense of menace. Possibly I was more sensitive a) as a past owner of delightful pet rats and b) as a vegetarian (not a lot of mystery in the title). I certainly felt slightly queasy much of the time I was listenin ...more
After reading five books by Walliams, I can conclude that he will never be Roald Dahl. Unlike Roald Dahl, his stories lack a certain complexity that is prevalent in Dahl's works. I just cannot see adults enjoy reading this. On the other hand, Walliams is pretty good at being relateable. And I like that there is a sort of continuity in all the stories.
Michael Mccaul
Tina is a young girl who befriends a rat. The book harks back to Roald Dahl at his grotesquely funniest. Imagery that wouldn't be amiss in the twits borders the line between horrible and funny that children can revel in. I think this would be a great book for year 5 and 6 children. There are words such as 'surreptitiously', that can extend children's learning on the same page that will have them laughing at snot on the ceiling. The idea of a child befriending a rat turns convention on its head, ...more
Paula Black
Read this to my kids. They loved it and so did I. Fun, fast-paced, full of grisly humour, cut through with just the right amount of pathos. Walliams style is reminiscent of Roald Dahl at his finest. Will definitely be reading more from this gifted author.
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Leo Kwon
Another great David Walliams book. No wonder some critiques calls him the new Roald Dahl. Book is about girl named Zoe, who lives with depressed father and lazy stepmother. Her life isn't swell since her hamster died and theres a bully at school. But she befriends a rat and calls it Armitage. However Burt the burgerman (pretanding to be an exterminator) is after her rat. This book, like all other David Walliams book is funny and heartwarming (although this book is more funny but it is still hear ...more
Im probably a bit above the capability of reading this book, but i had to read it as i LOVE David Walliams books! The first one I ever read was Billionaire Boy and ever since I have bought all the other books.
The storyline is of a little girl called Zoe who lives in a flat in a tower block that is in a very bad state. One day she meets a little friend in her little flat and her stepmother wasn't to pleased after she took it to school. Her stepmother decided to bring in a unwanted man to take Zoe
Jacqueline I
I thought it was a really good book about how you should treat animals, whatever are or what they look like. Zoe shows this when she uses her talent to make her little animal friends stars! When Zoe's hamster dies, Zoe is devastated. But when she finds a baby rat in her room, she starts to think that she could use her new found talent on her new little friend. However her stepmother Sheila, absolutely hates rats, she even keeps rat poison in the house! Zoe tries her best to keep her new friend a ...more
Not as good as the rest of his books, but still pretty good
Jo Weston
Fabulous. Once again.
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Meet Zoe she’s got a lot of things to be unhappy about.

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Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

David Walliams’ books always make me laugh so when I was given this, I nearly read it all on the day I got given it! It even came to school with me the following day because I was at a really tense bit and well, I couldn’t leave it at home not read! Zoe is a little girl with all the things you wouldn’t want like: ginger hair, a brace and she is
Darren Hartwell
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

As I confessed in my review of Gangsta Granny, I was something of a latecomer to the books of David Walliams, but since then I have read all three of the titles that preceded it. Gangsta Granny was definitely my favourite of the four, and when comparing in order of their release it is easy to see how David Walliams is developing as a writer. Ratburger is no exception, with the author's writing continuing to develop, and there is now no do
'RatBurger' by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross. I must admit that it is not my favourite Walliams book.

His blend of formal and slang were a bit jarred for me in places. On the whole, I enjoyed the story though. The illustrations worked well, especially with the onomatopoeia...though, the book nearly drowned in it. Children still love it and I must say that I am fond of the large font. It give a child a real sense of achievement to have read this hefty looking book. But because it is
I am a big fan of the David Walliams Children s books. So far Gangster Grannie being my fav a tear jerker. If you were to compare an author he's quite, Dahl like.

Ratburger, A girl called Zoe has it pretty tough lazy good for nothing step mother. A horrid bully of a girl who torments her at every opportunity. A father who spends his time wallowing in own self pity down the local,
Her Hamster has just died and feels even lower as she has nowhere to lay him to rest. Soon after another lil furry cr
Katy Noyes
Very quick to read, but a bit of a disappointment.
Felt like he didn't take as much time finding his authorial voice with this one, and a few elements seemed lifted from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (poor family, job lost) and other Dahl stories (Witches - mouse training). Didn't like Burt (and hated the drawings of him - didn't realise it wasn't a woman!!). Some speech didn't ring true for a child. Walliams didn't use his previous technique to good effect of talking to the reader directly
Life is horrible for Zoe. The school bully is always picking on her, her new stepmother is disgustingly lazy, and Burt's Burgers' evil owner, Burt, wants to make her pet rat into a ratburger! It's up to Zoe to rescue her beloved Armitage from the evil Burt, but will she be able to save him from becoming food?

This title is a chapter book appropriate for grades 3-6.

A public library should stock this item because, with such a strong supervillain and a strange concept, this book is good for children
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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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