Parents' Guide to

Demon Dentist

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Grisly, wicked romp has touches of Dahl and dark humor.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Laughed from beginning to end!

Demon Dentist is a mix of horror fantasy and comedy. I love the writing style and I love how it made me laugh so much! Most of his books are really hilarious but, this one is more on the horror side. Sometimes the book can get dark in many ways and because of this quick change between funny and scary it may convince younger children to put the book down. 11 and up is a good age but if your child is extremely sensitive to either scary or gory books/movies it might be best for 13+. But it's still an outstanding book!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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Actor David Walliams' fiendishly fun novel invites comparison to the work of Roald Dahl with its dark humor, dumb grown-ups, and squiggly art. (The latter, by Tony Ross, evokes the work of longtime Dahl collaborator Quentin Blake.) DEMON DENTIST doesn't live up to the genius of their best work, but children who enjoy their style will shiver and snicker through Walliams' wicked romp.

His witch is deliciously creepy, insisting children call her "Mummy" and cooing over bad teeth. Walliams makes good use, too, of running gags, such as Texting Boy, who misses all the action. But some of the humor aims uncomfortably low, particularly with Winnie: A black social worker with a heart of gold, she has a sensitive gastrointestinal system and is mocked for her size, greediness, accent, and loud style. One drawing shows her stripped to her underwear after squeezing through a too-small space. (Two other women's bottoms are played for laughs, as well, including another case of underwear exposure.) Kids will squeal, but parents may squirm.

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