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Ratburger by David Walliams

Ratburger (edition 2012)

by David Walliams

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Authors:David Walliams
Info:Harper Collins Ome (2012), Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:humour, families, pets, poverty

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Ratburger by David Walliams


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Written under the humour genre, but sad in some aspects. While some pages will have you laughing due to the situation and accent portrayed in the text, it is mindful to remember that this humour is derived from others misfortune. This book is written in Walliams typical, stereotypical, satirical way, in that he casts characters using societal perceptions about characters.
These characters are the misfits of society who have lost their way in life due to unemployment or who have met with misfortune and are down on their luck.
The story is of Zoe, a sweet young girl being raised in tenement building by an unkempt, unemployed father and an overweight, unwashed, mean stepmother, named Sheila. Zoe’s real mother died when she was young. If this is not enough to add to Zoe’s problems, she is relentlessly bullied at school by Tina Trotts who lives in the apartment next to Zoe. Tina’s living conditions are worse than that of Zoe and Tina expresses her dissatisfaction by making other children’s lives as miserable as her own.
Zoe’s pet hamster dies and she begins to tame a rat that has made its home in her bedroom. She names her rat Armitage (after the porcelain toilet bowl makers) and keeps it close to her chest in her breast pocket wherever she goes. Unfortunately Armitage escapes from Zoe’s pocket while at a school and Zoe is suspended.
Sheila soon finds out that Zoe has a rat and brings in the so called pest control man who is in fact the greasy burger man who sells burgers out the front of the school.
He captures Armitage and Zoe is locked up in her room by her stepmother. Zoë’s sets about escaping (rather far-fetched in that she uses her braces and chisels her way through the plaster & brick wall) and saving Armitage from becoming a pulverised meat patty for the burger man.
It all works out in the end as Zoe is re united with her pet rat.
While one can laugh at the surface layer of this book, if you read between the lines there are some sad aspects and one can’t help but think how mean, insensitive it is to make light of others misfortune. ( )
  rata | Sep 14, 2015 |
Super funny book! I love books by this author. ( )
  Mikelodeon | Apr 26, 2015 |
Although I didn't enjoy the humour, I'm certain that it will appeal to some students. Zoe ends up with a pet rat that her stepmother will not let her keep. When she brings it to school and Armitage, the rat, gets discovered, Zoe is suspended. When she arrives home, the man who operates a burger food truck near her school is in her bedroom masquerading as a pest control man. Zoe discovers that he grinds up rats to make the patties and she is determined to save Armitage from such a gruesome death.
Students for sure will have difficulty with the many British terms that pop up in the book such as: fags, bop, cardigan, tarmac, bunking off, etc. but other than that it's an easy read. A word of warning - Zoe's dad has lost his job and spends all of his time in the pub. She is neglected and verbally abused by the stepmother so it isn't the happy story that it appears to be by the cover.
People who enjoyed Roald Dahl's Matilda will enjoy this book. ( )
  JRlibrary | Sep 7, 2014 |
This is a hilarious, funny ,awesome book That Has A Girl Called Zoe and has Extremely Fat stepmother call Sheila and a demon rat eating man with no EYES !!!!!!! I Would Recommend this book to children who are aged 8-13.Make Sure You Read This Book Today :):):) !!!!!!! ( )
  Rm10 | May 19, 2014 |
After watching Mr Stink at Christmas we started this book. I did enjoy it, but there are quite a lot of similarities between the two stories. It was funny and scary in parts, I think Walliams is trying to be the new Roald Dahl which is a good aim, but he has a way to go yet. ( )
  EmmaBTate | Apr 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007453531, Paperback)

The fifth screamingly funny novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country. Hot on the heels of bestselling Gangsta Granny comes another hilarious, action-packed and touching novel - the story of a little girl called Zoe. Things are not looking good for Zoe. Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her. The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery - mainly by flobbing on her head. And now the evil Burt from Burt's Burgers is after her pet rat! And guess what he wants to do with it? The clue is in the title...From the author that is being called 'a new Roald Dahl', Ratburger is not to be missed!

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This is the fifth hilarious and touching novel from David Walliams: number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country.

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