Billionaire Boy

Billionaire Boy

Book - 2010
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A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from David Walliams, number one bestseller and one of the fastest growing children's author across the globe. Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe's rich. Really, really rich. Joe's got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orangutan. He's the wealthiest twelve-year-old in the land. But Joe isn't happy. Why not? Because he's got a billion pounds... and not a single friend. But then someone comes along, someone who likes Joe for Joe, not for his money. The problem is, Joe's about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems. The best things in life are free, they say - and if Joe's not careful, he's going to lose them all...
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, 2010.
Edition: Trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780007371044
Characteristics: 278 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ross, Tony


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FindingJane Mar 31, 2017

Joe wants a friend. However, he needs to learn how to be one, too. In spite of Joe’s attempts, he invariably repeats his father’s mistakes, thinking that money will fix all problems and failing to understand what’s truly important in life. Besides the object lesson, the book is a hilarious romp, showcasing and exaggerating the horrors of middle school (check out the chapter of unfortunate names for teachers and the one about inventive and truly horrible cafeteria food).

“Billionaire Boy” is fun to read and a pointed look at the inherent deficits of mass consumerism. It’s heart-warming without being treacly. Any kid whose ever wanted a friend and wonders just what it takes to make a real one will enjoy it.

Jan 11, 2015

This was the best book I ever read it has a great story line and it is cool that you don't have to be rich to live an awesome life
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ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

It all started with a big fat boy, with a big fat dad, in a big house.

Joe is rich, incredibly rich. He is the son of a billionaire. But he’s NOT happy. Why is he not happy? I mean he’s got all the money in the world! It’s because his dad thinks all Joe needs is toys! Yes toys, toys, toys. But what Joe really wants is…friends. So he goes to a new school, to make a fresh start, to make some friends.

His plan works….for a while…but then it all starts to go wrong. Can Joe keep his new friends when they find out he has lied to them all along?

I loved this book!

Apr 11, 2013

My 9 year old son really enjoyed this book. The boy who has everything except friends!

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Apr 22, 2017

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