Although most adults will associate David Walliams with his comedy sketch show Little Britain or as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, most kids will know him as one of their favourite children’s authors.
Walliams’ first novel was the heart-warming story of Dennis, aka The Boy in The Dress, and he has since gone on to write a long list of other children’s books over the past decade.
The author’s inventive and charming characters have won over both kids and parents with touching stories; Jack goes on adventures with his usually forgetful Grandpa, Ben takes on a jewel heist with his Granny and Joe is a boy who has all the money in the world but doesn’t have any friends…
What age are David Walliams’ books suitable for?
The majority of David Walliams’ children’s books are written for kids aged eight and older. The author has also penned picture books such as The First Hippo on the Moon and Boogie Bear which are suitable for children from age three.
10 of the best David Walliams books
We’ve pulled together a selection of some of David Walliams’ most popular books and characters below, from tales of terrible children to stories of evil dentists.
1. Gansta Granny
Ben thinks his grandma is really boring but what he doesn’t know is that she used to be a jewel thief. With Ben’s help, she wants to return to her life of crime and plot to steal the Crown Jewels.
Zoe thought it was bad enough to having to put up with a lazy step-mum at home and a mean bully picking on her at school. Now, evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers has decided to come after Zoe’s pet rat and make him into a burger.
3. The Boy in the Dress
This was David Walliams’ much-loved first book which originally came out in 2008. The Boy in the Dress has since been adapted into a TV film and musical. The story follows Dennis who decides to wear a dress, even though he’s a boy.
4. The World’s Worst Children
The first of three bumper books in the Worst Children series. The novel features 10 truly terrible children; there’s a girl who watch so much TV she’s turning into a sofa and a boy who dribbles and drools all over the place.
5. Grandpa’s Great Escape
Jack’s grandpa makes strange food and shuffles around in his slippers. He’s also become very forgetful, sometimes he doesn’t even remember Jack’s name. But put Grandpa in a Spitfire plane and he’ll be off on an adventure in no time.
6. The Bear Who Went Boo
This picture book is great for younger kids from age three. The story is set in a cold and snowy land, where there lives a naughty polar bear who just loves to shout boo.
7. Billionaire Boy
Twelve-year-old Joe is so rich he has a private bowling and a orangutan for a butler. But there’s only one thing Joe really wants and it’s something all the money in the world can’t buy – friends.
8. Mr. Stink
Chloe hasn’t spoken to Mr Stink even though she sees him every day, because he stinks. He stinks very much. Then, she finds him hiding in the shed at the bottom of her garden.
9. Demon Dentist
There’s something evil lurking in the town at night. Instead of coins being found under children’s’ pillows where they left their fallen teeth, there are creepy crawlies and slugs instead. Evil is at work. But who or what is behind it…?
10. There’s a Snake in My School
Another picture book for younger children, this one tells the story of Miranda who is determined to bring a snake into school, no matter what the headmistress thinks.
How many books has David Walliams written?
David Walliams has written 26 books for children. Eight of Walliams’ books are picture books written for younger children, including The Queen’s Orang-un which was written in support of Comic Relief.