If your children (or indeed you!) have yet to discover the joyous David Walliams books then you are in for a treat. Like a modern-day Roald Dahl, who incidentally David was inspired by, his writing is fun, engaging and brilliantly bizarre. His characters are everyday and unique - from Billionaire Boy to Gangsta Granny - and wonderfully relatable even with their eccentricities.
What Walliams manages with all his tales is to bring humour and silliness to moving and difficult topics. From the boy who didn't fit in (The Boy In The Dress) to a man who everyone avoids because he smells (Mr Stink) and the wild but lovable rabble in World's Worst Children, outsiders are heroes in his books. He pulls reluctant readers and booklovers in immediately and has you eating up his words, and the worlds he creates, in no time.
Whether you've read them all and just want to read them in order, or you're yet to embark on sharing these tales with your children, then here are all of David Walliams' books in order:
David Walliams' Children's Books
Perfect for children age 9 and up.
The first book Walliams released (to critical acclaim) is about a 12 year old boy called Dennis whose life is pretty bleak after his mum leaves. That is, until he makes friends with a girl over their love of Vogue magazine... and dresses.
Chloe has befriended Mr Stink, the stinkiest, swankiest tramp in town and decides to hide him in her garden shed... and keep him a secret of course. But as Chloe finds out, it's hard to keep someone as stinky as Mr Stink a secret for long...
Lots of kids, and adults too, wonder what it'd like to be rich and have everything you want... well Billionaire Boy Joe knows exactly what it's like and whilst he has his own bowling alley and an orang-utan for a Butler, he doesn't have any friends.
Ben's Grandma is boring and staying at her house is the most boring thing ever. Or so Ben thinks. In a surprising tale of an elderly international jewel thief who ropes her grandson in to steal the Crown Jewels, Ben realises that staying with his Granny is the most exciting thing he's ever done.
So funny you'll have to hold your sides from splitting, Ratburger is the funny story of Zoe and a cast of family, friends and locals who seem to be out to get her... and her pet rat. Will she stop them? You'll have to read it to find out!
You'd expect a shiny coin under your pillow in exchange for your tooth right? Wrong! Something sinister has come to town and instead of financial rewards, children are waking up to slugs and spiders and earwigs crawling out from underneath their pillows. What, or who, could possibly behind it all?
Aunt Alberta is on a mission to stop Lady Stella Saxby from inheriting the wonderful Saxby Hall. But Stella is a smart cookie and along with her friend Soot makes a plan (that includes a mischievous chimney sweep ghost) to make sure her awful auntie doesn't triumph!
This beautiful adventure story will shine a light on the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, even if the Grandpa at the heart of this tale forgets his grandson Jack's name and wears his slippers to the supermarket. Taking to the skies in a spitfire, Grandpa is the unlikely hero who saves the day.
Ten delightfully dreadful tales of ten delightfully dreadful children make up this brilliant book, perfect for a hilarious bedtime. From Blubbering Bertha, Dribbling Drew and Sofia Sofia... which one do you think is the worst?
Finding himself in hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball, Tom is initially scared of the scary porters and matrons stalking the ward. But when he meets four other patients who discover their dreams can really come true, they form the midnight gang and magic (and friendship) ensues.
The wickedly worst children are back, this time though, they're even worse! More tales of gruesome, horrifying and disgusting children, you won't believe how bad they can be...
Frank's dad is in prison for a driving the getaway car in a bank robbery. Frank decides to break his dad free from prison for one night so he can give the money back but first, they'll have to go through the formidable crime boss, Mr Big.
In his newest World's World Children book, David brings together ten more stories of hilariously horrid children. There are tantrums, pranks and lots of laughs here.
Elsie is an orphan living on the streets of Victorian London and she's about to go on a truly exciting adventure! She hears about a wooly mammoth that has been spotted in the Artic and becomes determined to see this creature for herself...
Myrtle Meek is a demanding child. She has everything she could ever wish for and yet she still wants more. This time she's decided she wants a "fing" but Mr and Mrs Meek have no idea what a "fing" is! Determined to give their daughter what she wants, they look for the answer in the pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia and the very depths of the jungle...
David Walliams Picture Books
Perfect for younger readers ages 3 and up.
Do you know a big blue elephant with a bossy streak that likes to turn up uninvited? Well, once you've read this warm and funny story, you certainly will!
Two huge hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 ...2 ...1 ...BLAST OFF!
3. The Queen's Orangutan - 2015
It all goes bananas when the bored Queen makes a brilliant birthday wish for... you guessed it... an orang-utan!
A mischievous little bear cub who loves to go Boo! But doesn't know when to stop? It can only be the brilliant written and beautifully illustrated tale by Walliams and illustrator Tony Ross.
When everyone else brings in creatures of the furry, four legged kind for bring-you-pet-to-school-day, what does Miranda do? She brings in her pet snake, Penelope of course. Whilst the headmistress is horrified, and doesn't think Penelope belongs in a school, this snake has other ideas...
A polar bear from the North Pole finds herself a long way from home when falls asleep and ends up on an island inhabited by brown bears. This story is about celebrating difference and accepting others for who they are.
Geronimo is a baby penguin who aspires to do what no penguin has done before him. He wants to fly!
If you're just starting out with the world of David Walliams, you could do worse than getting our 6 book boxset of his most popular tales And of course, you can always pick up his other books one-by-one as you work your way through his collection. See them all (and find out more about this brilliant children's author) on our David Walliams author page.