Now, today, I will be sharing with you a children’s book by David Walliams. (I know, I know, just hang on for a while.)
The book title is called “The World’s WORST Teachers”, and is a collection of 10 short stories. It sounds pretty gimmicky. Seriously, who’d like to read about made-up stories like that?
Perhaps this book is too babyish for me, but anyway I’m still going to bring some justice to it. Now, while I find the book to be very nicely illustrated, it is more important to have a strong plot with original ideas.
Unfortunately, I found this book to be flawed in this crucial aspect, as I see only a repetition of 10 same plot structures. Just imagine, a skeleton wearing 10 different sets of clothes for every different story.
The basic formula is largely the same, in which a teacher, old or young, short or tall, has a very disturbing habit or characteristic, which is exaggerated ten fold. Then, this particular teacher will cause some trouble to his or her students, but the student(s) plot an evil scheme to take revenge on their teacher. Have a rough picture? Well good. This goes on and on to torturous degrees.
That being said, I am 12 and am already very old, so younger children might enjoy such creations by Walliams. For instance, my coming-to-8-year-old sister says she enjoys the book.
Anyway, to make matters worse, this book is brimming with colourful illustrations by Quentin Blake 2.0, Tony Ross, and is packed with a suffocating myriad of fonts, which scream at the reader to hold on to the book for a while longer. I see that as a reincarnation of Geronimo Stilton, but without mice.
Because this is an attempt to convince the reader to read on, I wonder if the publisher is more into profit-making than in content itself. Either way, I will leave this thought of mine alone.
If you just want to have a bit of a joy ride, this book is a good candidate. Just don’t examine the little details, which I regrettably did. I quite like the book overall though; but for now, this hitherto-standing-at-my-shelf book should hibernate inside the cupboard for a while.
After all, we’re thankfully safe from terrible flesh-eating teachers and we wouldn’t need this book to help us deal with them.