All The David Walliams Books In Order

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 (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:

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David Walliams' Children's Books

Perfect for children age 9 and up.

1. The Boy In The Dress - 2008

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.

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2. Mr Stink - 2009

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...

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3. Billionaire Boy - 2010

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.

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4. Gangsta Granny - 2011

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.

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5. Ratburger - 2012

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!

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6. Demon Dentist - 2013

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?

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7. Awful Auntie - 2014

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!

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8. Grandpa's Great Escape

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.

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9. The World's Worst Children - 2016

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?

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10. The Midnight Gang - 2016

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.

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11. The World's Worst Children 2 - 2017

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...

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12. Bad Dad - 2017

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.

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Picture Books

Perfect for younger readers ages 3 and up.

1. The Slightly Annoying Elephant - 2013

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!

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2. The First Hippo on The Moon - 2014

Two huge hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 ...2 ...1 ...BLAST OFF!

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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!

4. The Bear That Went Boo - 2015

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.

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5. There's a Snake In My School - 2016

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...

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If you're just starting out with the world of David Walliams, you could do worse than getting our 5 book boxset of his most popular tales. And of course, you can always pick up his other books 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.

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    A new children's novel from David Walliams is always cause for celebration - and Awful Auntie continues his winning streak!

    Aunt Alberta is desperate to cheat Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance - the beautiful Saxby Hall. Stella sets about on making a plan with her friend Soot, the mischievous ghost of a chimney sweep, to ensure she will be able to claim what is rightfully hers...

    With hilarious Roald Dahl-style hijinks, soon-to-be classic characters and a simply heart-warming message of how friendship can appear in the most unlikely of places, Awful Auntie will delight all of Walliams' many, many fans.
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    Another fantastically funny book from David Walliams, Ratburger is a touching read full of zany humour, emotion and action and now is finally available in paperback. Sure to appeal to fans of Roald Dahl, especially The Twits, it tells the story of Zoe, a girl for who things are not looking good. Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy that she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her and the school bully Tina Trotts is also making her life a misery. Now, the evil Burt from Burt's Burgers is determined to get her pet rat - and guess what he wants to do with it? The clue's in the title of the book. After the success of The Boy in the Dress, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny, this is Walliams' fifth children's novel and, at Red House, we believe it could well be his best yet...

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    Now widely regarded as one of the most talented children's authors around, funnyman David Walliams, previously best known for his Sport Relief challenges and Little Britain, released his debut novel, The Boy in the Dress, to tremendous acclaim in 2008.

    Full of heart, wit and a touch of Roald Dahl-style anarchy, it finds 12-year-old Dennis living unhappily after his mum leaves the family. A crack of light shines through as he strikes up a friendship with a girl based on their mutual love of Vogue magazine - and soon Dennis is trying out some of her dresses...

    Covering an important and timely subject with no judgment and plenty of wit and insight, this fantastic novel is great for reluctant readers and any child who's felt like they're the odd one out...
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    Written by David Walliams - an author who is proven to know just what kind of buttons to press to get kids giggling - The World's Worst Children introduces a delightfully dreadful cast of characters!

    Presented in full colour, the book features five beastly boys and five gruesome girls including Sofia Sofa, a girl who loves TV and is so stuck to the sofa she's turning into one, and Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip.

    A collection of wickedly funny short stories, there's even a special appearance from Raj - a character who has appeared in all of David Walliams' bestselling novels. The tales are accompanied by Tony Ross' hilarious illustrations.
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    From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this bear-illiantly funny adventure for children of 3 and up. This book and CD edition comes with audio hilariously read by the author himself. Warning: very silly sound-effects included! At the top of the world, surrounded by snow and ice, lives a very cheeky polar bear cub who loves to go...BOO! But this little bear cub doesn't always know when to stop...Presenting a mischievous new picture book packed with snow and surprises, from two standout talents!
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    From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 ...2 ...1 ...BLAST OFF! Introducing a wonderfully charming and funny new picture book from two superstars!
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    From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this ssssspectacularly funny picture book for children of 3 and up. Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet...Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn't think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas...Introducing a spectacularly slithery new picture book packed with mischief and mayhem from two superstars!
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    Well known for his Little Britain TV sketches, David Walliams has also received much praise as a children's author. Now the creator of The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink returns with another witty, thought-provoking story that will delight his young fans. In Billionaire Boy, Joe is the ultimate rich kid with his own cinema, car, even a pet orang-utan. But Joe faces one big shortage: he has no friends and he's seriously at a loss when his family's fortunes begin to crumble. Lots of laughs make this novel a brilliant read for boys and girls aged 9+.

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    Mr Stink is not just a bit smelly, he is the "stinkiest stinker who ever lived" but despite this, our lonely heroine Chloe invites him back to hide in her family's garden shed. Keeping him a secret proves tricky, however, as Mr Stink is not a quiet, retiring shed guest! David Walliams' second book for children is overpoweringly funny and clever and the illustrations by Quentin Blake add extra genius. Readers aged 9+ will think this is genius!
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    Moving and utterly hilarious, David Walliams' bestselling story of prejudice and acceptance, entwined with funny lists and wonderfully silly words, shows exactly why he is one of this country's most popular children's authors and a Red House favourite.

    Great for avid young readers who want a moving and hysterical novel in one, Gangsta Granny is also perfect for encouraging even the most reluctant kids to get reading with its Dahl-like wackiness and Tony Ross's characteristic illustrations. Ben's granny may look normal: grey hair, false teeth, a tissue up her sleeve. But in actual fact she's plotting the biggest jewel heist in history and she needs Ben's help!

    Funny, emotional and a must-read for children aged 9+. David Walliams was the 2013 Red House Children's Book Award Younger Readers category winner for Gangsta Granny.

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