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Junior Children's Book Club: November 2013

Junior rounds up the best new children's books for November


Posted: 1 November 2013
by Fiona McKim


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The Demon Dentist by David Walliams and Tony Ross (HarperCollins, £12.99)

David Walliams: Comedian, talent judge, channel-swimmer, supermodel-betrother, and as if all that wasn’t quite enough, bestselling children’s author to boot. Continuing his run of excellent enterprise, Walliams’ latest tome taps into the common childhood phobia of the dentist, and it’s a subject the author clearly relishes with his lingering descriptions of medieval drills and the dreaded dentist’s chair. Essentially this is a traditional mystery – Alfie, a rotten-toothed boy finds himself at the centre of an epidemic of spooky tooth-related happenings – lifted by Walliams’ natural imagination, witty way with words and deft illustration from Tony Ross. Definitely one to read with older children, this is a good old-fashioned gruesome tale, invoking the anarchic spirit and fearless commitment to, well fear, of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

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