The Boy in the Dress, CD-Audio
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The debut children's novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country.

Now experience the whole story in glorious sound as David teams up with an old friend (his name begins with Matt and ends with Lucas) to deliver a hilarious and beautifully produced audiobook.

Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book...Charming, surprising and hilarious - David Walliams's beautiful first novel will touch the hearts (and funny bones) of children and adults alike.

Now David teams up with Matt Lucas to produce an audiobook with a difference.

Read by two of the brightest stars in sketch comedy, this lavish production brings the hilarious voices behind Little Britain to your nearest earphones. And it tells a fantastic story too...


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Pages: 3 pages, 20 b/w illus
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humorous
  • ISBN: 9780007289561



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This was really light and funny. I didn't think I'd enjoy, but I did.

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This book has many deeper features that allow the reader to take from the text what their current level of understanding the world around them is. As an adult reader i often preview books before promoting them to students. with this book i challenge the students to not only look at the obvious theme in the title of Transvestism or cross dressing, but also loneliness and how humans love cuddles and hugs from their parents as well as acceptance. The story unfolds as a complexity of human emotions. For a young boy named Dennis life is currently boring and very lonely. His mother left two years ago walking out on her husband and two sons, ( i wonder why???) Dennis' truck driver father is depressed and hasn't come to terms with his wife's departure enforcing no hugging as one of their household rules. Dad is often drunk when he is home, does not cook all keep a tidy house and is unkempt in his own appearance. Dennis' brother John has become a bully and, worst of all continues to tease Dennis calling him a Mummy's Boy. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer he's the leading scorer on his team, however this is level of achievement does not help Dennis with his bouts of loneliness of living in a somewhat dysfunctional home. In his moments of sadness and loneliness for his mother and to feel his mother close to him, Dennis often goes into her wardrobe to admire and smell her dresses which still have lingering smells of her perfume etc. He progresses to trying them on. When Dennis meets Lisa the dressing up accelerates to a higher level. Dennis meets Lisa at the corner store where she is buying a Vogue magazine, flipping through the pages they begin discussing fashion and Lisa is enthused by Dennis' secret interest in fashion. Lisa begins to visit Dennis at home and they share Vogue magazines and dress up using the clothes from Dennis' mum's wardrobe. it is at this stage that John notices the friendship strengthening between Lisa and his brother and begins to call Dennis Denise. This teasing does not deter Dennis and Dennis allows Lisa to dress him up complete with make-up and shoes, Dennis likes how he feels and looks. They dream up this plan whereby Dennis will attend school dressed up incognito as a female exchange student named Denise. But in class, his hilarious hijinks as Denise are brought to a screeching halt when the headmaster discovers his secret and delivers the worst punishment of all, Dennis is expelled from school and therefore forbidden to play in the soccer Final Cup!Can the team win the most important game of the year without their star player? And, more importantly, will Dennis gain the love and respect of his friends and family, even in a dress?

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