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The sparkling debut children’s novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country, with sparkling new cover look to tie in with later books.

Dennis was different.

Why was he different, you ask?

Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book…

Charming, surprising and hilarious – The Boy in the Dress is everything you would expect from the co-creator of Little Britain. David Walliams’s beautiful first novel will touch the hearts (and funny bones) of children and adults alike.

Product Details

Catalogue number

4073 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25







Date published

June 25th, 2009

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.2; Middle years; 3.0 points

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  • 288 pages



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  1. Nathanael
    on 22 October 2023


    A new Ted Hughes

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  1. Fuzzball10000
    on 21 February 2020

    This book is like, Happy/WHAT?

  2. Lovecat62
    on 27 January 2016

    The boy in the dress is about a boy who wears a dress to shool and a wig. He was acting out a new girl .if you have not read it then finish the other book you are reading and when you have finished start reading boy in the dress.

    5out of 5
  3. Elisegiblin99
    on 8 October 2015

    I think this book is a really down to earth story and i really like the idea.This is an hilarious book in my opinion.It will knoch your socks of!

  4. evelizabeth
    on 5 August 2015

    I think this book is amazing because it is so funny. I think all boys can wear dresses.LOL!!!

    5out of 5
  5. Sprinkle2345
    on 17 May 2015

    It is awesome a really enjoyable and funny book

  6. Kaurj204
    on 8 February 2015

    This is really nice book and it is by David William so I like it more because David William is favourite author.

    5out of 5
  7. Mimi9403
    on 26 January 2015

    This is one of the best books and films I have read and watched I just love the whole storyline! The Boy in the Dress

  8. Smothy22
    on 4 January 2015

    Funny and touching. Down to earth

  9. Annallina
    on 1 January 2015

    I love it. I recently watched the film, it is a must have👋Claps all round for David Walliams fabulous work

  10. sunnyflower
    on 10 November 2014

    This book is excellent!!

    5out of 5
  11. vampiregirl44
    on 16 July 2014

    The boy in the dress was a really good book.

    Funny, a very good story! Fun characters, you just can’t put this book down, once u start reading!

    4out of 5
  12. Preet88
    on 12 July 2014

    Like it

  13. yashu03017
    on 22 June 2014

    it is really funny and sweet. When i say sweet i mean when Dennis meets Lisa and they become friends. David really made this book funny. It is now my favorite book as well as billionaire boy

    5out of 5
  14. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    good because he stands up for what he thinks is right and also finds out his head teacher who toold him off for wearing a dress and a disgrace but the head teacher wears one and the boy in the dress finds out. would definetly read it again.

    5out of 5
  15. Sportsgal
    on 12 March 2014

    Personally i did not enjoy this book. I found it quite boring and not that funny. But for anyone who likes David Walliams books, go ahead and read!

    2out of 5
  16. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    Really funny.True as well that can happen to anyone. Fabulous work David Walliams!

    4out of 5
  17. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    I really like this book

  18. Potterfan7
    on 8 March 2014

    very very funny

  19. zippy123
    on 7 March 2014

    Funny book by a funny author

  20. MaddieandMillie
    on 7 March 2014

    I loved this book. I especially liked the part when Lisa dresses up Dennis in an orange sequin dress with lipstick and high heels.

  21. yixuan10
    on 7 March 2014

    quite funny when he turned up in his dress at school ,then got banned from school but played the football final with his mates in a dress!And he won it

    5out of 5
  22. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    I like this because it goes against how everybody thinks a boy should act.

  23. wobblybob
    on 6 March 2014

    It was not only a hilarious book, but it also makes you think differently before judging people.

  24. jassenhazz99
    on 6 March 2014

    This is one of my favorite books its so funny like all the others but I don’t agree that boys don’t have lots of cool fashion clothes

  25. Lilystar1133
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is Very funny and at the same time Silly. It talks about how a boy Likes girl clothes and has a friend called Lisa who helps him wear girls clothes. Imagine! A boy in a dress or even reading vogue! This book is Very intresting and humorous Thats Why i Rated it 5 stars.

    5out of 5
  26. Cheerforevers
    on 4 March 2014

    this is a book about a boy called dennis who wants to be a bit different so he wears a dress!

  27. sportycassie
    on 10 January 2014

    I loved this book if u have not already got this book then get it, if u have not already read this book then read it NOW! Thanks for your time.

    Taylor Ann Boyes

    5out of 5
  28. booklover84
    on 3 November 2013

    This is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. I recommend this book to children ages 8-10. I give this book five stars.

    5out of 5
  29. batsnrats
    on 15 May 2013

    I like this book, however, as I am not into fashion it is not for me! Of course, it is fantastic and funny like all of David Walliam’s books, however, it does not stand out for me.

  30. natashakrywald
    on 8 March 2013


  31. pawprint2
    on 8 March 2013

    honestly i prefferd his other books but this is still a great read

    4out of 5
  32. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This is about a boy who likes fashion.

  33. Fifi44
    on 14 January 2013

    awesome book very heartfelt and funny

    5out of 5
  34. Emster123
    on 10 January 2013

    This has got to be one of the best David walliams book I’ve read, this is a heart warming, funny and sad book, daind walliams has certainly done a great job writing this! It’s book sends a message to us all, telling us that whatever you want to be in life, don’t let anyone tease you or bring you down, just go for it, and for fill our dreams! Don’t let anyone get in your way. I would recommend this book to anyone!! Xx

    5out of 5
  35. Roc6
    on 20 December 2012

    Funny and heartwarming. I absolutely loved it! The story is so good and there are some hilarious jokes in there but also there’s the sadness of losing your mother.

    5out of 5
  36. booklover-2004
    on 16 November 2012

    I loved every word of this book and i reccomend it

  37. kylerocks344
    on 22 March 2012

    This is dead cool.5 stars. about a boy called dennis and he meets a girl called lisa who is into fashion. Lisa the tells him to wear a dress to school as her french pen pal and then, DISASTER STRUCTS!!

    5out of 5
  38. smileitsfriday
    on 5 March 2012

    David Walliams is great! * * * * *! I really enjoyed it, good for people who like funny stories!

  39. Flissy22
    on 1 March 2012

    me and my friend love this book, it rely is one of our favourites.

  40. Izzwizz555
    on 19 October 2011

    It is a really good book and I will suggest it to anybody who like abit of humuor.

  41. GregHeffley86
    on 15 August 2011

    This was really good and I think David Walliams is a really good author.

    5out of 5