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4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,270 Ratings  ·  210 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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Juliana Zapata
Sep 21, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
La verdad es que la historia es bastante extraña, el libro fue divertido de leer, sin embargo siento que 300 páginas es demasiado para enseñar a los niños a luchar por sus sueños, con la mitad hubiera sido suficiente.

También hubieron escenas un tanto crudas y con un lenguaje no tan delicado como se espartería en un libro infantil.

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Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 20, 2015 Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This one was FAB. Read it to my boys and all three of us loved it. ...more
Patrick Gralton
Aug 13, 2013 Patrick Gralton rated it liked it
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'
Saoirse Sterling
You can read my full review of RatBurger on my site XLeptodactylous.

I borrowed this off a tiny person in my family, 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 types: those that speak down to their audiences, and those that speak up to them. No doubt it is the latter that are the best, those that don't treat their r
Stuart Willy
Dec 18, 2012 Stuart Willy rated it really liked it
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
Nov 25, 2012 Sam Hopper rated it really liked it
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
Flynn Oberdries
May 06, 2013 Flynn Oberdries rated it really liked it
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
Lucija Selak
May 27, 2016 Lucija Selak rated it really liked it
This book was so adorable and great. I loved all the characters, except Sheila and Burt, of course. At some parts the book was a bit disturbing, but overall it was awesome!
Jan 25, 2016 Redfox5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children, england
I've just come back from a holiday in beautiful La Palma. I stayed at the amazing La Palma princess hotel and I was really excited when I saw a bookshelf in reception where people could exchange their books. I had brought 5 books with me, and as there was lots of laying about in the sun, I raced through them. Which means I had a chance to take some from the Bookshelf :)

I picked up this book because on Boxing Day I watched David Walliams count down Britain's Favourite Children's Books (http://w
Third and final book in a trio of Walliams' books I decided to read this year, and this one is the worst.

Friendless girl from impoverish background befriends rat and then defends rat against a vile prawn-cocktail crisps munching slob of a stepmother and her vile burgervan boyfriend.

Wall(y)iams has only one plot and repertoire of characters: Friendless child estranged from a single parent, bullied at school for being different, evil or unlikeable step-parent, only adviser the "ethnic" stock cha
Oct 23, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 23, 2012 Zoe rated it liked it
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
Samantha Sterling
Nov 04, 2013 Samantha Sterling rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 Meli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2012 Deanna rated it it was amazing
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This is a book about a girl called Zoe. Zoe's mother dies when Zoe is young and during the following years she obtained a step mother called Shelia. Shelia is a cruel character and very unloving towards Zoe. However, she is also troubled by a girl in her school called Tina Trotts who is also very cruel and unkind to Zoe.
During the course of the book, Zoe finds a loving little rat to care for but will the people around her except it and will she get a chance to fulfill her dreams?
The book i thoug
Samantha Davis
Jan 06, 2014 Samantha Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Mariana Ramírez
Jul 11, 2015 Mariana Ramírez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy divertido, entretenido y refrescante. Estaba en un bloqueo lector y este libro me ayudó a salir de este, este libro está entre mis favoritos de libros infantiles. A medida que se desarrollaba la historia era inevitable reír, a demás de que era divertido y generalmente siempre tenía una enorme sonrisa mientras lo leía, recordé y reviví momentos de mi infancia los cuales me agradaron mucho, en especial la inocencia que se tiene al creer la gran mayoría de situaciones y sucesos que se ...more
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.
Feb 23, 2014 kopiaddict rated it it was ok
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.
Charlotte Smith
Jun 08, 2016 Charlotte Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay, funny in places but also a bit horrible in other places. It also shows that bullies can have a soft spot and can become friends in the end
Aidan Michael
Dec 26, 2014 Aidan Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wickedly funny story.
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
Big Book Little Book
Dec 12, 2012 Big Book Little Book rated it really liked it
Meet Zoe she’s got a lot of things to be unhappy about.

Daisy (11) for
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
Jan 04, 2013 Darren Hartwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy
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
Jan 03, 2015 Kitty rated it really liked it
Shelves: david-walliams
'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
Leo Kwon
May 13, 2015 Leo Kwon rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Katy Noyes
Oct 23, 2012 Katy Noyes rated it liked it
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
Michael Mccaul
Jun 20, 2014 Michael Mccaul rated it really liked it
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
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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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