The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress

by David Walliams


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Everybody needs friends? especially a boy in a dress!

Dennis? life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer-he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?

When Dennis? friend Lisa discovers his stash of Vogue magazines, she convinces him to vamp it up and wear a dress to school. 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007279043
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 284,149
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Quentin Blake is a well-known artist whose work has made him popular on both sides of the Atlantic. He has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books as well as many others. He lives in London, where he teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art.

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The Boy in the Dress 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is also funny in places but can get quite sad to. It shows that you can be anything you want to be and that being different isnt always a bad thing. The charater in the book shows real induvidualaty and learns to get enough confedence to be himself in public and in front of public and not just keeping your true colours to yourself.
crochetbunnii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:This story does not deal with a deeper issue, like transvestitism, but decides to keep the story simple about a boy who wears a dress to school and gets in trouble for it. It chooses to explore the issues of acceptance and freedom of expression. While I like the general idea, I did not enjoy the book as much as I hoped I would. Dennis is the only character I feel is well-developed and I don't think there was justification for why the other characters acted the way they did. The antagonist in the story is the adult, who casts judgment on Dennis while the kids are totally accepting (except for the brother). I don't feel that real conflict was developed, however, and the parents were easily swayed to the acceptance side more so than would be true in real life.This story is written by a British comedian and I think some American kids may have difficulty understanding some of the terms, but it's interesting to get a new perspective on language and vocabulary. I like some of the funny asides interjected in the text by the author. I think that Eddie Izzard could have written a better story, though.Curricular Connections:This story would be great for a discussion on how we perceive people and how we are assigned roles that designate how society expects each gender to act. It could help kids question why roles are assigned this way and why it's more important to be tolerant and accepting than to judge and alienate people.
knitwit2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written for a juv. audience. Sad elements, such as abandoned by his mother, depressed/repressed father. Good elements; friendship, family pride
samantha0109 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David William's The Boy in the Dress is so amazing and funny and the ideas in the book are very unique.In the beginning the narrator started talking about this boy(forgot the name) and how he lived with his dad, and how his mother moved out after constant fights with her and his father. After that they started burning every picture that has their mom it, which was his dads idea. Even though their dad never wanted any of their sons talking about her. Even though their dad said no talking about her, the boy start talking about her but not in front of his dad but in his room. The secret that the boy is hiding is that he has this picture on a magazine of a look alike dress that her mom wore at a trip to the beach. One day he meets this girl and he started going to their house and they start hanging out and they started reading magazines and having fun. One day the girl made him a dress and he started wearing trying it on and she put makeup on him and they started having fun. This book was good at the beginning but it started getting boring when i was going up but i think other people will like this book. These characters are very regular but the boy is brave enough to try on a beautiful, gold color dress, high heels and even put make up on him also, he wore a wig to really make him look like a girl. Then the girl wanted to fool everyone by thinking he is a she. I can not make any connection of seeing any guy dressed up as a girl that's believable. It must have been so funny!
bubble4tea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David Walliams' The Boy In The Dress cracked me up with laughters throughout the whole book!  The story is about a boy named Dennis and his older brother John, whose parents are divorced. The boys remain with their father, who doesn't like to talk about his wife's death. Dennis finds comfort in his mother's left-behind clothes. Dennis buys a copy of Vogue magazine, but is caught by his horrified father; John calls him 'Denise'. At school that day Dennis is given detention, where he meets the glamorous Lisa James, who ultimately lends him a dress which he wears to school. Which makes Dennis very embarrassed and even gets expelled from school. But a miracle happens.....Dennis turns into a hero!
CaroTheLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PLUS - * It's a good theme for a children's book - being different, finding your own identity, standing out from the crowd, accepting people for just who they are.* There are some amusing asides from 'the author' as he directly addresses the reader, and a couple of clever uses of font style and size when there are whole pages of laughing or shouting.MINUS - * I wanted to like it, really I did but...* It just seemed somewhat cliched. I thought maybe it was trying to be deliberately tongue-in-cheek but in the end I thought not. * Some passages seemed to be a sequence of stock phrases from other stories:"It hadn't really been summer in their house again" after Mum left."You might be thinking... that the two brothers would be brought closer together. Sadly it only drove them apart."OVERALL - * Amusing (but not "hilariously funny" as it says on the cover). Not a bad book, but it just didn't do what I wanted it to.
emhromp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I rarely come accross, unfortunately. It has the best kind of humour in it, it's very warm, very realistic, just very very good. I would recommend this book to any kid, or adult.
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