Parents' Guide to

Bad Dad

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Gangsters, poop, lots of heart in zany British best-seller.

Book David Walliams Humor 2019
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Awful book

This book contains racist and sexist stereotypes. All it’s female characters are portrayed very badly. I think its a very poor book. Very old fashioned in it use of language, ideas and portrayal of characters.
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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (4):

Best-selling British author David Walliams dishes up a loony, warm-hearted tale of an overwhelmed 11-year-old kid, his formerly famous father, and their battered but faithful Mini race car. Challenges and crazy events are plentiful as they deal with assorted no-goodniks and unlikely save-the-day strategies. Fans of gross and/or crude humor will find plenty to entertain them in Bad Dad, but there's also a fast-moving plot, over-the-top embellishments (like the really bad poetry written by young Frank's aunt), clever thinking, and bravery as the bond between imperfect but loving characters conquers all. A cartoonishly dystopian British setting is part of the fun.

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