David Walliams has become one of those children’s authors who have reached the same level of anticipation by young readers as J.K. Rowling had at the height of the Harry Potter series. Kids gobble up his books and can’t wait for his new books. I had to make sure I got copies of his latest book, The World’s Worst Children 2, on release day so that I could have it in the library for excited readers. It is certainly worth the wait for readers young and old.
The World’s Worst Children 2 is David Walliams and Tony Ross’ second collection of cautionary tales featuring some of the worst, most horrid children ever. There is Humbert the Hungry Baby who eats everything in sight and grows to be humongous, Stacey Superstar who has an unforgettable voice, Fussy Frankie who hates anything healthy, Gruesome Griselda who loves playing disgusting tricks, and Competitive Colin who has to win everything no matter what it takes. These children deserve everything that comes their way!
The characters in The World’s Worst Children 2 will make you laugh, cringe and shudder with horror. You really wouldn’t want to meet these kids, let alone be their parents. I enjoyed each of the stories but two really stood out for me. The story of Harry Who Never, Ever Did His Homework was brilliant because of the ghosts of the greatest villains in history that turn up in his bedroom. They have some really funny banter between them. I also really enjoyed the story of Trish who slowly turns in to a troll with every horrible comment that she makes about the kids and teachers at her school.
It’s important to acknowledge Tony Ross’ contribution to The World’s Worst Children 2 because I don’t think it would be the same book without his wonderfully weird illustrations. Tony Ross has always be great at bringing out the worst in people in his illustrations and he certainly does that in David Walliams’ books. He has made each of the children featured in the book look absolutely horrid, especially Humbert and Trish.
We have one more volume of the World’s Worst Children to look forward to and I fear that they are going to be the worst yet!
Check out this book trailer showing each of the characters in the book: