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World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams

A review by Emma Streeton

In a nutshell, the World’s Worst Parents is about children with ridiculously embarrassing, disgusting or just plain awful parents.

We are huge fans of David Walliams’ books in this house and once again he does not disappoint. My bookworms were so excited when this latest gem by Walliams arrived. I kid you not, this book was in the house for a matter of seconds before they settled down to read it together. If any author can create harmony and sharing between siblings, it appears it is Mr Walliams.

7 and 9 year old sisters in harmony (every parent’s dream)

Within minutes I could tell that yet again Walliams has delivered a sure-fire winner. My bookworms were giggling and cringing with delight. They shared me with me some of the disgraceful and outlandish antics of some of the parents in the book. I could not suppress my laughter. The other plus is my children reflected that the parenting in our house apparently is not so dastardly after all! When you are up against the likes of Lord Grandiose, the upper-class twit, who does not even acknowledge his son’s existence, the competition is clearly pretty stiff!

These ten tales of the world’s most diabolical and hilarious parents give immense amusement whether you are aged 7 or 99.

Not that Emma is 99, you understand. – Editor

The verdict

The World’s Worst Parents is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and a fantastic choice of book to read with kids. Like me, my bookworms prefer to read his books from start to finish. However, the individual layout of the stories make it easy for the reader to dip in and out as they choose. We have revisited Peter Pong on a number of occasions and cringed aloud as his foot cheese turns out to be a “delightful, delectable and delicious” ingredient!

Yet again the illustrations provided by Tony Ross are the perfect addition to Walliams’ story telling. They are simple yet hugely effective and bring the characters of the book alive. Walliams clearly has the winning formula for books that well and truly entertain. The World’s Worst Parents is a must read for all young readers and their grown ups will enjoy it too.

Read The World’s Worst Parents if you enjoyed Eddy’s Guide to Parent Training.

Book details

Bookworm rating: 5 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9780008305796
ISBN-10: 000830579X
Imprint: HarperCollins – GB
Released: 02/09/2020
Format: paperback, 312 pages
Age: From 7 years
Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

the World's Word Parents


Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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