Synopses & Reviews
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?
"Actor and Little Britain cocreator Walliams debuts with the charming, Billy Elliot-esque coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Dennis, who lives with his father and older brother in a dull British town whose '[t]iny differences... only really pointed out the sameness of everything.' Still despondent two years after his mother walked out, Dennis is chastised for his interest in fashion, but continues to secretly read Vogue ('He could lose himself in the pages for hours. The glamour. The beauty. The perfection') and admire people's differences. When Dennis befriends Lisa, 'the most beautiful girl in the school' (and his crush), they bond over their shared passion and begin to play dressup. The stakes are raised when Lisa challenges him to attend school for a day dressed as a female foreign exchange student. This is a prototypical tale about the joys and trials of nonconformity, told by a quirky and self-conscious narrator. Walliams has a talent for emotional honesty (be it in Dennis's sensitivity or his father's gruff remoteness), and Blake's distinctive illustrations capture the boy's thoughtful nature. Ages 9 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Little Britain" star Walliams delivers his first novel, featuring illustrations by iconic illustrator Blake, best known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl. Walliams tells the story of a young boy who has a secret passion for fashion and is convinced by his sister to wear a dress to class.
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.