A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from the author of The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink.
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 orang-utan. He's the wealthiest 12-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….
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By Happy and Smiling on 08-07-13
Hilarious and brilliantly read , for ages 6 to 90
An easy listen for any long car journey that will entertain the whole family. A boy whose father has become a multi billionaire from making toilet paper wants nothing more than an ordinary life, with ordinary friends, without the embarrasment of being known as 'bumboy' and without his father interfering and buying him everything in life. In his quest for anonimity he moves to a new school to start afresh without anyone knowing his background. David Walliams has a knack for identifying with children's emotions and this book is very funny and yet very down to earth. No sugar saccharine characters like so many other children's books. The shopkeeper, Raj, who features in all his books, provides many laugh out loud moments and frequently gets quoted by my children during any trip to shops. I think this book is a particularly suited to 8 to 10 year olds.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Big Harry on 21-06-12
Good but not a classic, suitable for older childen
David Walliams has produced a reasonably entertaining story here, but, despite selective press reviews to the contrary, he is not likely to overshadow Roald Dahl any time soon. As with all of his other books David's characters are flawed and sometimes exceedingly unpleasant - as are Dahl's - but the key difference is that Walliams is too keen to push boundaries at times by making all too frequent mild sexual references, which are too much for the target audience in my opinion.
I would love to let my six year old son listen to this, but references to Joe thinking about a young girl's breasts prevented me from allowing him to listen to what was otherwise a perfectly suitable and entertaining story - this kind of content appears a couple of times throught this story, but it doesn't add anything of substance to it. It just seems to be there for shock value.
On a positive note to finish, David narrates this story excellently as should be expected. I would recommend this for slightly older children (10+), which is not a limitation I would apply to any of the childrens titles by Roald Dahl.
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By shatoya116 on 28-05-14
Hard to reach the top but easy to reach the bottom
Would you listen to Billionaire Boy again? Why?
Its a great book life lesson for adults and kids. Even though its a children book I enjoyed it.
The son learned no money or fancy stuff or all the candy and toys can make you happy. Joe learned the lesson of friendship, I was ticked off when she curse at his friend for the girl. Lol poor child thought he was in love :)
Joe's father worked hard to created a successful business that changed him. He didnt give his son much attention and also dating girls half his ae that would never love him ( with a fat man like that don't wrong the young chick to hang with him for his money). The girl he claim was Joe's new step mother was STUPID like a blond.
Joe's new friend he met at school was very genuine and true. Nice lad :)
Both Joe and his dad learned a life lesson.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked it had a life lesson. Showed the value of friend ship and showed when you have money you tend to draw lots of fake people close to you. Also learned that money cant buy real friends.
What does David Walliams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The accent was awesome I am not from UK but that British accent was great for me. The way she spoke could let you know just how fat Joe and his dad was lol
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
yea i cried a little. Laugh at the Indian shop keeper accent.
Any additional comments?
Bum Fresh Millionaire Awesome nick name lol :)
By Rukkia on 10-02-14
David Williams books are one of my family's mainstays. We started with Mr. Stink, and the kids loved it, so they were excited to hear more. This was not one of our favorites though. Although the book had the same formula as the others, with a great deal of emotional struggles, and dismissive parenting, the book just did not add up. It just seemed to miss the magic of the others. If this is the first book of his you read, give another one a try. His others are definitely better. If you are a seasoned reader of David Williams, this book will be a slight disappointment.