Rarely have I met anyone who hasn’t at one point in their lives adopted that wistful gaze when asked what they would do if they had oodles and I mean oodles of money to play with. I’m talking about the kind of monetary wealth that Mr and Mrs Mundane cannot comprehend. From afar money seems to open up the doors of power but after we’ve travelled the world on our personal yacht and bought out all the football stadiums in the world, what would be the things that really held the lasting memories for us? I think it would be the people in our lives.
Having tackled several long car journeys recently we’ve started testing out a few audio CD’s in the hope of inducing a peaceful journey! After our last spooky experience with the BBC’s audio version of The Secret Garden (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) this time I decided to plump for one of David Walliams’ books we hadn’t yet read, Billionaire Boy. Having enjoyed several of his other books I was hoping it would make us all laugh………
…….and it did! Again and again and again!
If you ever want to be taught an important life lesson in a funny way – just ask David Walliams!
Being read by Mr Walliams himself, he brought the story to life by delivering the wit with perfect timing and engaging the interest of all four listeners despite the age differences. It was heart warming to hear the chuckles and giggles coming from the back seats – then I knew I was on to a winner!
Synopsis: This is a story of 12 year old Joe Spud, the son of a billionaire. Joe has everything he could dream of from an underground ten lane bowling alley, cinema and servants to his own private race track complete with a personalized F1 car. However Joe feels like he doesn’t fit in at his posh public school, he is bullied and has no friends so he convinces his Dad he should go to the local comprehensive school instead so he could be like most other children. Then Joe meets Bob who isn’t interested in Joe’s money but likes Joe for who he is and doesn’t tease him because his father made his money from inventing Bum Fresh loo rolls. However, Joe finds out the hard way that money can’t solve everything and certainly cannot buy true friends or happiness. Joe may be a spoilt boy who has everything, whose father throws money at him to keep him occupied but all Joe really wants is to spend time with his Dad.
Now David Walliams must know a few things himself about the pros and cons of money and the reason he endears us to his character Joe so much is because when it comes down to it, the money is irrelevant. Joe is no different to any other young boy looking for friendship and to be acknowledged and accepted.
Things we thought were missing in Joe Spud’s house were a beach in the back garden, rock climbing wall, a 5000ft long adventure trail, a Millennium Falcon and X-wing Fighter!
Conclusion: This one is a repeat player!
Type: Audio CD
Length: approx. 4 hours
No. Of CD’s: 3
Recommended Age: 8+
Publisher: Harper Collins
Edition: Unabridged 25 May 2011
Our Rating: 5 out of 5
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