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Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow.

Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?
Hardcover, 443 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Harper Collins Children's Books
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Filipa
May 30, 2015 Filipa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"TUDO O QUE PRECISAS DE FAZER É FECHAR OS OLHOS E ACREDITAR..."

Uma dentista demoníaca aparece na cidade de Alfie e Alfie é um menino muito pobre cuja mãe morreu e o pai é muito doente e depende dele para tudo e, assim, mal têem dinheiro para as necessidades básicas do ser humano. Quando esta dentista aparece e se encontra com Alfie, este com os seus dentes todos estragados... a coisa (NÃO) podia ter corrido bem...

A relação entre pai e filho ao longo de todo o livro, mesmo até ao fim, para mim, f
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Lucija Selak
May 20, 2016 Lucija Selak rated it really liked it
Loved this book. It was scary and really cool, but I don't really think that it is really for younger children because it may actually give them nightmares. I loved the characters, but I don't really know about Winnie. At first she was kind of annoying and I didn't really like her, but as the book went on, I started realizing that she is actually a really good and loving person. I loved this one and I'm really looking forward to reading more of David Walliams' books.
Jenny Ko
Apr 14, 2016 Jenny Ko rated it liked it
Shelves: readathon-2016
Πολύ καλό, πρωτότυπο, με χιούμορ και τέλεια εικονογράφηση. Ομως το βρήκα λίγο τρομακτικό για μικρά παιδιά.
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Oct 12, 2013 Jenny / Wondrous Reads rated it really liked it
After recently reading Gangsta Granny I was quite eager to read more by David Walliams. He's funny, his books have great illustrations and children absolutely LOVE them. After reading my second book, Demon Dentist, I'm not a die-hard fan but I do want to read the rest of his back catalogue - always a good sign!

Demon Dentist, for me, is even better than Gangsta Granny. It's deceptively dark, gruesome and truly frightening when you deconstruct it. It's about a demon masquerading as a crazy dentist
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Florence
Apr 23, 2014 Florence rated it it was amazing
Loving the book for the moment, don't nw what to expect, but hopfuly that I will enjoy it.
Om Manghani
Jul 05, 2015 Om Manghani rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer
I really liked this book, David Walliams is probably one of my all time favorite authors.

I love David Walliams's sense of humour, with all of the made up words. It really makes the book entertaining.

Overall, a very fun read, and a nice break from Alex Rider. Going to read the next Alex Rider now!
Holly
Oct 08, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
At the age of ten I think this book is fabulous but sad and funny at the same time. It made me cry at end but I certainly recommend it. I give it nine out of ten.
Zivile
Jun 15, 2016 Zivile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I saw one friend's (who's a dentist) concern that such book might frighten kids even more when it comes to a question of dentist visit. And children are already scared of dentists (I was and still am to this day!). So how come such book was even published?
Nevertheless, I enjoyed it immensely. If I had a child, I would reconsider if I really wanted to give such a book for a kid. But I definetely recommend it to grown-ups who enjoy children's books.
The dentist is a really scary witch. Quite a perf
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Barb Middleton
Jun 02, 2015 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, humor
Twelve-year-old Alfie hates going to the dentist. His teeth are yellow and brown and he loves sweets. He had an awful experience at the one-and-only dentist in town, Mr. Erstwhile, and has refused to go since then. Erstwhile croaks and a new dentist, Miss Root, shows up at Alfie's school to promote good dental hygiene. Or so it appears. But something is off... she's an odd tooth, saying that she will not give gory details on Erstwhile's death, but then gives the gory details: Erstwhile was found ...more
Emily
May 06, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
I recently did my placement in a year four class and nearly every child was reading, or had read, a David Walliams book. Not wanting to be left behind I bought Demon Dentist and Gangsta Granny… When picking this book up, I didn’t expect to go on an emotional journey. I thought I was going to spend the entire book laughing, not crying!

When I think of David Walliams, I think of his comedy. So, when I picked up his book, I assumed that it would be hilarious. But you know what they say about assumin
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Yumi Learner
Nov 26, 2015 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A Book Review

A couple of weeks ago, I read the book, Demon Dentist, in English. It's a kid book, but I enjoyed it very much. Even though we are mature, some of growing ups don't like dentists. I do understand the protagonist feelings very much.

First of all, I thought the book has simple content, but this book is very well written. This book reminded me of my favorite author, Roald Dahl. I want to read his books more.
Kate BibliophileBookClub
Just finished! Not the most light hearted of subjects to be reading with a 6 year old but still enjoyable!
David Hesson
Mar 30, 2016 David Hesson rated it really liked it
Fun but wow will not help anyone be more comfortable with dentists!
Ms. Yingling
Demon DentistWalliams, David. Demon Dentist
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There are several reasons that Alfie doesn't want to go to the dentist-- he had a horrific experience with a decayed tooth earlier, his father is disabled and needs a lot of care, and horrible things are being left under children's pillows in town by someone who is using the Tooth Fairy as a way to horrify children instead of giving them loose change! When Miss Root, a new dentist in town
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Josh Ang
Jan 05, 2014 Josh Ang rated it really liked it
A darkly humorous book - meant for children but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It follows in the vein of Roald Dahl stories, with delightfully quirky illustrations (in the Kindle version, at least), to accompany the at-times alarming story of 12-year old Alfie.

Alfie's diminished circumstances are rather subtly presented. Alfie lives in a dilapidated bungalow with an invalid father, who fell ill when working in a coal mine, while his mother had passed on years ago. He wears uniforms with
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Voracious
Aug 12, 2015 Voracious rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-ya
"BEWARE.

THIS IS A HORROR STORY.

WITH QUITE A LOT OF MADE UP WORDS".

I can see why kids like these books, I really can. I think the last children's books I read was the Roald Dahl Collection - completely timeless, in my opinion, regardless of the age of the reader. With 'Demon Dentist' David Walliams has managed to capture some of the very same magic with which Dahl wrote his wonderful stories, and the brilliant illustrations by Tony Ross truly bring the story to life. Easy to read, a little magica
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Alison Thompson
Jan 10, 2014 Alison Thompson rated it liked it
Not as good as the others! The second half of the book seems as if it has been hurried through or written by someone else. I do not shy from reality in my children's books but this could be quite disturbing for some little ones (life/ death/ pain). I didn't quite get the character of the Tooth Witch, not as realistic as some of Walliams other characters and the ending no,no,no all wrong. Where is Raj going to go from here? Have we lost him? Please no! Walliams other books have been admirable bec ...more
Jason
Sep 03, 2014 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
Very very disappointed with this book, this was the first book I have read by David Walliams and maybe it was the wrong place to start.

David Walliams is such a funny guy and I was expecting so much more from this book, maybe something as crazy and funny as Roald Dahl but it falls way short of that.

The characters felt very flat and the plot was weak, the Demon Dentist could have been made much scarier.

There were a couple of fun parts in this, Winnie riding through the school on her moped made me
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Lynne
Jan 05, 2014 Lynne rated it liked it
Like the others in Walliams' novels, the spirit of Roald Dahl is alive and kicking. Walliams' distinct humour is suffused with another serious message/moral (as in previous works such as 'Mr Stink' (homelessness); 'Gangsta Granny' (respect for the elderly); 'The Boy in the Dress'(cross dressing and equality) and 'Billionaire Boy' (the corrupting influence of money). Entertaining as usual, with a habitual dose of wicked humour, Walliams is clearly aiming at those adults with a nostalgic hankering ...more
Bjørg Eva
Jan 11, 2016 Bjørg Eva rated it really liked it
My boys liked it very much. Humor and action.
Zahra
Jan 17, 2016 Zahra rated it really liked it
"All you have to do is close your eyes and believe"
What kind of evil could be menacing the poor patients of mrs.Root? I won't spoil it for you but all you have to do is imagine while reading this book.
Though the end was happy and sad, I still liked the book. But it wasn't one of the books that I've read and truly loved.
Jill Walker Rettberg
Jul 24, 2016 Jill Walker Rettberg rated it really liked it
Scary horror story for kids - but the 6 and 8 year old lapped it up. Impressive balancing between extremely scary and funny enough to make it ok. For a while I was worried that it'd put the kids off dentists but I think we'll be ok. David Walliams is a really fun author to read to kids - wildly, imaginative stories, and scary in a very Roald Dahlish way. Sometimes his language gets annoying - why must everything move "at speed"? Why must he always refer to the protagonist as "the girl" or "the b ...more
Deb
Apr 06, 2016 Deb rated it liked it
A fun mystery type kids book. The reason I read it was that I was going to buy it for my dentist. But, it turned out to be a book about a bad dentist! Re-thought that gift!
Rylee
Apr 11, 2016 Rylee rated it really liked it
I LOVE Demon Dentist! It is scary and adventurous!! It is a long book that makes you hate the dentist!!!!
Don't be scared of your dentist. YOU MUST READ IT!!!!
Lori Tatar
Jun 27, 2016 Lori Tatar rated it it was amazing
This is a super fun read. My seven year old granddaughter and I read this together and had a blast the whole way through. Beware the Demon Dentist!
Caitlyn
Oct 23, 2015 Caitlyn rated it liked it
A creepy-fun romp that any fans of Roald Dahl will enjoy. Lots of fun made-up-words, gross illustrations and two sweet kids trying to figure it out.
Julie
Mar 19, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
First David Walliams book I've read. Loved its dark humour. Quite Roald Dahl-like at times. Great for any age.
Sarah Taylor
Mar 07, 2016 Sarah Taylor rated it it was amazing
I loved this SO much. A delightfully ridiculous story of growing up, friendship, and believing.
Margriet
Aug 18, 2015 Margriet rated it really liked it
Shelves: kinderboeken, 2015
Erg leuk voorleesboek! Grappig en spannend en af en toe een beetje verdrietig.
Kyra Nay
Twelve year old Alfie has refused to go to the dentist for six years, after an unfortunate incident involving a stubborn tooth, a raging toothache, and an ancient dentist. He's not about to start going now and since Alfie takes care of his ailing father, notices from the dental office tend to go "missing"... Just as Winnie, a social worker, starts getting involved in Alfie's life, a new dentist arrives in town. The new dentist, a Miss Root, seems nice enough to the grownups, but Alfie and his fr ...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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