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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,922 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Everybody needs friends- especially a boy in a dress Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer-he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashio ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Razorbill (first published January 1st 2008)
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Liam Mernagh
‘The Boy in the Dress’ is a children’s book by David Walliams which details the adventures of twelve year old Dennis whose past times include cross-dressing and the reactions of his family and friends to this. When Dennis’ parents split up, he’s devastated and when forced to live with his father, the only comfort he finds is his mother’s left behind clothes. This sets off a series of comical transgender themes that allows the reader to light-heartedly enjoy his embarrassing explorations into the ...more
Kate Lee
it was such a FUNNY book! i loved the character denis! and i also loved raaj! and the descriptions of lisa was BRILLIANT i could see her in my head ! i love this book and i think- i know that David Williams is AWESOME! Cant wait to read his other books :D
Rebecca
Dec 15, 2009 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
The boring and lonely life of 12-year-old Dennis, who still mourns his mom's leaving and his dad's depression, is lightened only by soccer playing and (a more recent discovery) a love of women's fashion. His dad forbids his reading of Vogue magazine, but new friend Lisa pushes him to play dress-up, and that is how Dennis ends up at school as "Denise," Lisa's French exchange student, in high heels, makeup, and a sequin dress. That is, until a passing soccer ball can't be resisted and his cover is ...more
Chris Mills
I’ve read mixed reviews of David Walliams as an author so I thought I’d read one of his books and decide for myself. Although mildly sceptical before reading the book, mainly due to not really being a fan of Little Britain and his comedy television, I think (I’m not totally convinced yet) I quite liked The Boy in the Dress.

The story is about a twelve-year-old boy called Dennis, who lives with his father and his older brother. After his Mother leaves, Dennis develops a fascination with a dress t
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Lucy Young
The young boy Dennis who is the main character of the book comes from a single parent home (father is present) and he deeply misses his mother. Dennis is very talented at football which he plays with his best friend Darvesh, Dennis also enjoys watching “women’s” daytime TV, in particular Trisha and Loose Women. Throughout the book there are typical everyday experiences which happen to Dennis including detentions, trips to the shops and playing football.

Dennis then meets a young girl Lisa in det
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Roberto Carrasco
Lovely short novel about being different (or is it about being a gay kid?). Anyway, you will love it. I read it in English because the spanish edition had a confusing and (in my opinion) homophobic title: "El Mago del Balón" (something like "The Magician of the Ball") clearly selling this book to a male audience and avoiding any reference to the main fact of the story: cross-dressing. I wonder how many Spanish boys who love soccer are now reading "El Mago del Balón" and thinking that cross-dress ...more
Tania
On a trip to England, I saw this book prominently displayed along with Walliam's other books. I've never heard of that author before, but I was instantly hit with nostalgia, because when I was a young girl living in England, I LOVED Roald Dahl's books, and, at a first glance, Walliam's books reminded me of those (especially this book, having been illustrated by Quentin Blake).

I was also very intrigued by the premise... a book about cross-dressing for a middle-grade audience? I was very curious
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LH Johnson
When David Walliams first moved into writing children's literature I was, I'll admit, a frightful snob. I didn't really 'get' his television persona (and, as we all know, what we see on television is an exact truth), and so I stayed away from his books for a long time. I didn't really want to go there and frankly I had no inclination to.

And all that was a bit stupid of me, because it kept me away from some genuinely really good children's books. So if you're still harbouring similar sentiments -
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A.m. Layet
The experts who review books at booksfc have a couple of rules. You need rules. They stop war, disaster and crumbs in the wrong places. But the experts don't like too many rules. So they have whittled them down to just these four fundamental rules.

Rule 1: All people have the right to release wind from their bottom in the place and at the time of their choosing.
Rule 2: Sharing is for girls.
Rule 3: Dresses are for girls.
Rule 4: Sharing dresses is for girls.

So, The Boy in the Dress was slightly pro
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Leo Kwon
The book is about Dennis, who lives with his dad and brother after his parents divorced at young age and his family still hasn't got over that. Dennis is interested in soccer but also starts to be interested in fashions, even buying and reading Vogue which his dad doesn't approve. He meets a girl called Lisa at school and Lisa invites him over and they dresses Dennis in girl's clothing. Then they have idea which is to transform Dennis into a girl and call him Denise and pretend he is a french ex ...more
Mrs W
Dennis’s life is rather lonely. His mother left two years ago when he was ten, and his father drives long distances as a truck driver. He and his brother don’t get along very well. He enjoys soccer, and is the star of his school’s team, and discovers from looking at a Vogue magazine that he also enjoys women’s fashion. When a chance meeting with his crush (the older, popular, and aspiring fashion designer Lisa) results in a friendship, Lisa convinces him to try on some of her designs. As a fun a ...more
Bistra Ivanova
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Emily Dunne
The Boy in the Dress was an extremely enjoyable read, following an awkward yet ordinary boy called Dennis who always felt "different" and was struggling to find acceptance in the world when things were not going his way. I feel children may relate to this story as sometimes they may feel they do not fit in, and I believe this book teaches that in the end, you are accepted no matter who you are once you stay true to yourself. To be honest I was intrigued to find out that David Walliams is just as ...more
Eccentrika
"Campione in gonnella" è un libro per ragazzi simpaticissimo, che mostra come alcune piccole scelte personali possano fare le differenza davanti agli occhi degli altri e dare adito a spiacevoli pettegolezzi.
Il protagonista di questo libro si chiama Dennis e, anche se ha parecchi interessi in comune ai suoi coetanei, tipo giocare a calcio, o prendere le cotte per delle ragazze, in parte si sente anche un po' speciale. Gli piace guardare i vestiti e sfogliare le riviste di moda e in cuor suo sente
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Simon Aldous
I was wary of reading a book by David Walliams, suspicious that it had been published because of his celebrity status rather than his literary abilities. But, not being a fan of Little Britain myself, I'd conclude that in writing children's books he has found his true calling. His stories combine the down-to-earth contemporary settings of Jacqueline Wilson novels with inventive plots and plenty of humour.

In "The Boy in the Dress" he tackles what might seem the slightly tricky subject of cross-dr
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Megan Wiffen
The Boy in the dress follows a young boy called John; he lives with his overweight dad and older brother who both like to tease him. His mum left a few years earlier and he finds comfort in the memories of his mother’s dresses. He also finds enjoyment looking at pretty dresses and models in magazines. All of which, he hides from his dad and brother.

John finds friendship with the popular girl at school, Lisa. He finds out she makes dresses. With her help and persuasion, he tries on one of her dr
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Smaragda
I was very happy to see this as a children's book. It's positive, accepting, and funny. The main character likes both dressing up as a girl and playing football, and there's no question of it being "normal" or contradicting. I would give it 5 stars, but (view spoiler) ...more
Bridget
Charming and sweet and funny. The narrator's voice is wonderful and just a touch wry; I love the brief asides to the reader. The story is filled out with a fantastic portrait of family, some wonderful ideas about diversity and acceptance, and gentle, almost silly, humor. I'm not doing a very good job summing up why this appealed to me so strongly, but it's a quick read and it left me with warm fuzzies. Pick it up! It's totally worth your time.

Also, if you've read The Dark Remains The Last Rune 3
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Hobby

Mmm... I must say, I like it Gangsta Granny a little-bit more, but still the issue brought-out in this story quite intriguing, why boy (s) can not plays dress-up like girl (s) ?

more about this book, just check my complete review at here :
( still in progress )
Ben Perry
Loved reading this book! It is written by famous comedian David Walliams. This book is all about a 12 year old boy called Dennis. Dennis loves his football. He is also in love with a girl two years his senior. Unfortunately his mother has left and his father suffers from depression. Picking up a Vogue magazine, he is drawn towards a dress because it reminds him of his mother. The girl Dennis fancies discovers his fashion likes and she shows him a dress she has made. She actually persuades Dennis ...more
Viktoria
cute little story about a boy who feels that something is missing in his life. his mum left the familiy and since this time his dad is miserable. there is no hugging in this family anymore, no kissing. dennis discovers an interest in colorful dresses and a girl from his school shares his interest...
although the story is quite simple it's funny and touching, and a fast read.
on the cover of the book some critics compare him with roald dahl or they say that walliams has a dahlian touch. i agree a
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A Slice of the Moon
A little boy has two wonderful skills. One will bring him fame and glory, and pretty much turn him into the 'cool dude' in his community. The other will bring degradation and shame, and make him a social outcast. Will the child realize the difference between the two? Will society make him realize and force him to choose between the two?
This book is commendable in its attempts to explore the differences between sex and gender and overturn gender stereotypes. Really nice and well written, though
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nicole
Jan 24, 2010 nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to nicole by: John H.
Shelves: 7up, 2010
David Walliams has a great sense of humor, but he sort of turns it on and off here. My favorite bits were when the narrator, or Walliams himself, I suppose, made asides to talk about his own narration (They scored a million points. Does that make sense? A hundred? Fifty? I don't actually know anything about soccer...). It was always kind of a surprise. Like, oh yeah, someone is TELLING this story. It was an entertaining reminder. But the fashion bits were a bit boring. More jokes and a more cons ...more
Sean Mc Cormack
Very good book, I love all the David Williams books.
Lavender and Suzanne
Dennis doesn't have much cheerfulness in his life. Ever since his mother left them his father has been miserable. It's just him, his father and his brother now. The only thing that makes Dennis feel alive is playing football. Dennis life is about to become a lot more exciting though. He loves to look at fashion photos and he's delighted when the most popular girl in his entire school, Lisa, asks him to come over to her house. Together they talk about clothes and make up and they look at beautifu ...more
Justin Leoren
I think this book is wonderful.Though this novel, the writer David Williams expresses that The Boy In the Dresses is a timeless and hilarious fable crammed with unique characters only David Williams could have thought up. The story is about what happens when an ordinary boy does something extraordinary and the way that people, even the petty and cruel, can surprise you in the end. It is undoubtedly a valuable contribution to the range of establishing self-expression, identity and difference. The ...more
Akshath
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The boy in the Dress
Akshath Katyal

The book titled 'The Boy In the Dress' is authored by David Williams. The main character of the story is a young, 12 year old, boy named Dennis. He likes playing soccer and is the star player of the team. He loves fashion and girly stuff. He dresses up as a French girl and so becoming a pen friend of the most popular girl in the school. He wasn’t able to refuse her because of the fashionable things she had and the yellow dress that he fell in love
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Menalik Richards
The Boy in the Dress:
I found David Walliam’s tale refreshing and extremely enjoyable. Walliams has produced a unique story that will challenge young readers in both subject matter and the socially accepted norms they may hold. ‘The Boy in the Dress’ explores the sensitive themes of transgender dressing, reactions of friends and family, divorce and the consequences of living apart from a parent in a light hearted comedic way. At the same time the book is refreshing and may be really comforting to
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Emily
A heartwarming story about family, friendship, and being who you are.

Twelve-year-old Dennis loves soccer and fashion. He's also tired of the monotony of his life and longs to be different, to feel special. When he’s presented with an opportunity to try on several of a friend’s dresses, he nervously does so and discovers he enjoys wearing them and can pass as a girl. Emboldened by this knowledge, he agrees to attend school disguised as a French foreign exchange student -- which works, until it d
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Arthur
"Escreva o que achou do livro / o que aprendeu com ele"

Eu. Aprendi. A. Não. Bater. Nos. Coleguinhas. Que. Usam. Vestido.

[Sorry por isso. Só achei meio tosco o modo do Skoob indicar onde a gente escreve sobre nossas impressões. Sim, copiei o que escrevi no Skoob: deal with it! Acho mais massa o "What did you think?" do Goodreads; acho mais honesto não precisar APRENDER nada com um livro. Acho que é por isso que me sinto mais à vontade de escrever de vez em quando essas impressões de leitura (~~~~
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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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