One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence is clear to see in The Midnight Gang. Tom is sure that even Matron’s warped tyranny and the general misery of the Lord Funt Hospital (surely very top of any NHS ‘improvement needed list’) is preferable to the torments he endures at his horrible posh school, and he’s even more determined to stay on the wards when he comes across the Midnight Gang, who secretly roam the hospital corridors at night making dreams come true! This will be another deserved hit with children: it’s funny, exciting, and the pages turn as smoothly as the wheels on the best-oiled hospital trolley. What’s more, Walliams explores favourite themes, particularly the exhilarating and liberating power of the imagination, and its ability to utterly transform lives, of young and old alike. A tonic! ~ Andrea Reece
David Walliams said “It's by far my most ambitious book, dealing with some serious themes in what I hope is an entertaining and amusing way. It tells the story of five children trapped in a hospital ward, who are all longing for adventure.”
Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for...the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning...When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children's ward...But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward - and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic - and of making dreams come true. Readers are set to be utterly spellbound by this heartfelt story that will bring magic to everyone's Christmas.
PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS: A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale... hilarious - Amanda Craig, The Times I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics - Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole, Guardian The new Roald Dahl - Evening Standard A triumphant mix of wit and warmth - Telegraph Books of the Year Ridiculously over-the-top and utterly delightful
- Spectator Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air - Sun David Walliams
's books are now guaranteed bestsellers... watch this fly off the shelves - Daily Mail Delightfully funny - Metro'
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||3rd November 2016|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Categories:||Humorous stories (Children's / Teenage),|
DAVID WALLIAMS is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim. Since then, his second book, Mr Stink, has gone on to receive similar plaudits, while growing an already devoted fanbase. The Boy in the Dress was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and Mr Stink was one of Amanda Craig's Children's Books of the Year in the Times.More About David Walliams