The Beast of Buckingham Palace
Fly into a fiery and fantastical future with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams, in an epic adventure of myth and legend, good and evil, and one small boy who must save the world
Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross!
It is 2120 and London is in ruins.
The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace but when strange goings-on breach...more
I was given it as I loved Archie Wilson & The Beasts of Loch Ness . One of the best secret books, I call Archie a secret book as its really unknown the author does not appear next to Simon Cowell on Britains Got talent. That book is a classic.
Back to this, maybe if I was 8 or 9 I ...more
By 'confused' I mean that readers may wonder if they are in fact reading Walliams, as well as being a little confused as the story progresses. There is nothing amiss about a writer branching out, sampling new genres and moving outside their comfort zone (comedic writing is clearly a genre Walliams can write almost in his sleep).
But my nearly 9-year-old listened along with me and his assessment was roughly similar to mine upon ...more
I thought like others it would be more like Archie Wilson & The Beasts of Loch Ness. That is one of my favourites. This is more for younger children 6-8 year olds, has many pictures, has a couple of dark moments so 6 year olds might find it heavy going. Recommend if you have kids who want an audio book to listen to in the car, this would be one to add along with Archie Wilson.
This is the first David Walliams book I have read, put it this way, it will be the last.
But I gotta say, walliams is trying to hard to impress now. He used to be so laid back with good books, now it's just for the money or something. Eh, good try anyway.
Recommended for 10 and under
I was expecting it to be like the Archie Wilson and Beasts of Loch Ness book, as its listed in teh same Listopia list. I was wrong. Sorry it was just not for me, I was disappointed that I used some of my months book allowance on this.
Im sure many children will love this book but I just felt there were the foundations of so much more there.
* Anybody spot the Dictionary of Walliamisms? It made me inwardly grin and ...more
I am not sure what age range the author aimed for though, because the protagonist is 12, the comic style writing with huge random capital letters and a lot of pictures suggest 8-10 but the story is weirdly dark for a children's book.
Like: There is revolution happening, a lot of people are dying, there is essentially war happening and most of the main characters end up dead by the end of the book, some in more ...more
Just wanted to add that I loved this book so much - I read the library copy that I borrowed and I bought this at Tesco this morning, or rather my husband got it for me as I requested it as part of our collection. So now it is part of our household, we love it.
From the ladies-in-waiting to the many arms of octobut, HURRAY!
The illustrations in this novel is simply superb, Tony Ross take a bow. The writing very creative and even though l am a novice (well probably not even worthy of the title of novice, seeing l only started reading them last week) to Roald Dahl books, David comes surprisingly close and fans should be told of David Williams.
If you are looking for a sweet uplifting book, or have particularly sensitive readers, I would maybe avoid this for now. There are some scenes in this that may scare younger readers. I read this with my 12 year old cousin and she was a little horrified when I explained the different ...more
The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters.
And when his mother, the Queen, is dragged away to the Tower of London, Alfred must screw up his courage and battle to save her, himself and the entire city.'
This book was wonderful.
I am a massive David Walliams fan, so I expected a lot ...more