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The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number one bestselling author! Make your appointment if you dare…

Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?

Read this book and find out!

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HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

September 26th, 2013

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  1. emojigirl
    on 28 November 2017

    planning to read this could someone give me some information about it

    I do not read many of Davids walliam books I have read ratburger but thats all

    In my class we are going to learn about the book gansta granny and i will soon have the book demon dentist

    5out of 5
  2. JetStar
    on 17 February 2017

    This book is soooooo funny

    5out of 5
  3. Annallina
    on 2 January 2015

    Delightfully Devious, Brilliantly blood thirsty, Tantalisingly tooth taker. I’d say his best book yet it was scary but in a funny way. WARNING…MOST DENTISTS ARE NICE

  4. bimbo12334
    on 22 November 2014

    This book was really good and funny i love all his books

  5. Book-Lover11
    on 7 October 2014

    I remember getting this for christmas last year, and I absolutely loved it!! David Walliams is a hilarious author, and probably one of the most popular in the childrens’ book world.

    Children are waking up to slugs, spiders, all different sorts of creepy crawlies, but how? Alfie is booked in with an appointment to see the Demon Dentist herself, and he soon finds out…

    Although this wasn’t as good as David Walliam’s newest book, Awful Auntie, I still enjoyed it so much! David Walliams isn’t as good as Roald Dahl, but in my opinion better!!

    I will now be buying the rest of the books by this author ASAP, as I think I have found a favourite author.

    5out of 5
  6. waffles456
    on 7 September 2014

    Funny horror story with digusting parts

    5out of 5
  7. Allietagz
    on 24 July 2014

    The new Roald Dahl

  8. britfa123
    on 22 July 2014

    I love this book I’ve read all of David walliams books it’s so sad at the end poor Alfie 😢😢😢

    5out of 5
  9. primrosescott
    on 3 June 2014

    very funny i loved reading this book

    5out of 5
  10. Nomi25
    on 30 April 2014

    The best bookever

    5out of 5
  11. spain5327
    on 12 April 2014

    Cool! Probably my favorwrite David Walliams book so far. I laughed my head off at the bit when Alfie opened the tube of mummys toothpaste (I had to try not to because I was reading in secret under the bed sheets). My favorwrite character was Gabz because she is a bit like me.

    5out of 5
  12. Dullboy02
    on 15 March 2014

    Scary with a little bit of humour

    5out of 5
  13. onecoolcookie578
    on 14 March 2014

    Tis book is great if you haven’t read it than you should. Very sad near the end though

  14. burn123
    on 10 March 2014

    I really enjoyed this book just like the other David Walliams books

    5out of 5
  15. Horan7715
    on 9 March 2014

    Love it.

  16. Roodieroo
    on 9 March 2014

    I love this book it’s great if you haven’t read it you must do

  17. Hannahlili
    on 9 March 2014

    I love this book. How funny it is, how heartwarming but absolutely terrifying! I was very surprised by the ending though….. How sad

    5out of 5
  18. BookMonster57
    on 8 March 2014

    This book was thrilling you couldn’t put it down. It’s a great mystery but can they stop whoever is putting the horrors under the pillows in the dead of night…

    5out of 5
  19. alibaba4
    on 7 March 2014

    Not looking forward to my next visit to the dentist

    5out of 5
  20. Mohsen1010
    on 7 March 2014

    A humorous book which is mainly for children but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It includes delightfully quirky illustrations to accompany the alarming story of 12-year old Alfie. The plot is a little odd but that is what David Walliams is famous for. 5/5!

  21. Eymane143
    on 7 March 2014

    I liked this book because it was comic, a bit spooky and totally unbelievable! The made-up word alerts were fun too. I wasn’t so keen on the sadder parts but they did make it a little more realistic. It certainly made me less keen on going to the dentist!

    4out of 5
  22. heart29
    on 7 March 2014

    This book totally applied to me; I’m scared of the dentist!

    4out of 5
  23. MaddieandMillie
    on 7 March 2014

    This book is very funny. I like the way the drama teacher yells Impro!

  24. Readingwizard55
    on 7 March 2014

    I really enjoyed this book it is really funny I recommend it.

  25. Ginnyw11
    on 6 March 2014

    This book is the best I have ever read. I absolutely love it!! You should read it because David Walliams is fantastic!!

  26. bookaholic202
    on 6 March 2014

    this book is both tragic and funny. It made me laugh out loud at times. I found the ending quite sad though.

  27. jassenhazz99
    on 6 March 2014

    This is the second latest book I read and its so funny and spooky/gross but I love this book to bits my friend lent it to me and I’m so thankful

  28. Oman-bookworm
    on 6 March 2014

    It was funny and slightly scary and full of laughs. Every character was comical and I loved seeing Raj back!!

    5out of 5
  29. Jacquelinewilson677
    on 6 March 2014

    Darkness had come to the town.Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy,but in the morning they would wake up to find…a dead slug,a live spider,hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow.Evil was at work.But who or what was behind it all?Read this book to find out!”

    5out of 5
  30. Catherine0703
    on 5 March 2014

    Alfie and Gabz suspect something about the town dentist so they gather evidence but no one believes them what will happen to the people of the town??

    5out of 5
  31. zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    Another good and funny book by David Walliams. And a simple read, you don’t want to put the book down. I would recommend reading it.

  32. gracieee
    on 5 March 2014

    I loved this book because it was heartwarming, funny and scary all at the same time.

    5out of 5
  33. moshlinglover06
    on 5 March 2014

    I liked this book because the pics were bright and colourful.

    5out of 5
  34. katieyounger12
    on 4 March 2014

    Demon dentist was a great book. I would definitely give it 5 starts!! Its about a young boy called Alfie who lives with his ill father. He meets a strange dentist called Miss Root that seems to do strange things to the children’s teeth. I would highly recommend this book to children aged 9-14. It’s an amazing book!!

    5out of 5
  35. MagicSand6125
    on 4 March 2014

    Very funny and an altogether nice book. The characters were very well described

    4out of 5
  36. Venera2
    on 4 March 2014

    This is a great book! David Walliams literally glues you to it. I couldn’t stop reading. It has everything:humour, friendship, magic,mystery and love.

    5out of 5
  37. Cheerforevers
    on 4 March 2014

    this is the lastest book by david walliams and i loved it.

  38. boogie99
    on 2 March 2014

    this is so cool it gives you great information you need to read or buy this book seriously!!!!!!!!

  39. pinkxxbibs
    on 21 February 2014

    i loved this book, an absolutely classic. kept me on the edge of my seat. Glad David Walliams is writing more.

    5out of 5
  40. boyinthedress
    on 19 February 2014

    This is really good and was my first David Walliams book. Hope you enjoy it

  41. twighlight123
    on 5 February 2014

    I think demon dentist is no. 1 from David Walliams. I have read all his books so u should read them all. I think u should be 9 or over to read his books because they r so easy to read xxx

    1out of 5
  42. jefftime
    on 4 February 2014

    This book is entertaining from the first page.0 WARNING: Not for the faint-hearted.

    5out of 5
  43. TROLEVANS2002
    on 28 January 2014

    Dear SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB members,

    I am writing to inform you on David Walliams new book ” Demon Dentist “

    This fabulous heart warming book is about a young boy called Alfie ( Alfred ) and his father who is sadly in a wheel chair as he used to work in a coal mine which cause him all sort’s of health problems.

    One day his new rather strange, fun and a little bit annoying social worker comes to his house to help with his sick dad when she finds hundreds of letters from the dentist asking young Alfred to come for his dental appointments. Of course Alfie had never responded to these letters and now over six years without going to the dentist his teeth were in a right state !

    Hence the name ” Demon Dentist ” a new dentist comes to town after mysteriously the rather frail old dentist strangely disappears?

    I shall not carry on telling you about the story as i shall not ruin the pure excitiment and tension of this masterpiece of a book , but i would certainly recommend this hilarious reading book to anyone between the ages of 9-11 although of course it totally depends on your personality. Some might think it’s a bit to young for 11 year olds but then again some might think its to old for 9 year olds , as i said it totally depends on you and what type of style book you like .

    Whether or not you like fiction books, mystery books or even non-fiction books or anything else i think personally you should just give this wonderful book a go and you never no. You might even surprise yourself !

    Hope this review on the book ” Demon Dentist ” has helped you decide or even give you a hint to give it a go !


    5out of 5
  44. GoureN
    on 27 January 2014

    what can i say it,s a brilliant book but the bad thing is something sad happens but no big deal

    4out of 5
  45. Poppet2happy01
    on 2 January 2014

    This book is funny and I have read this would recommend this book author has made , made up words

    5out of 5
  46. platypig
    on 1 January 2014

    A hilarious book as usual from David Walliams :D I recommend this book for kids 10-15 years old (: It has a creepy twist which I love!

    5out of 5
  47. AIJ456
    on 16 December 2013

    I think it’s a really funny book

    5out of 5
  48. peddiereddie
    on 9 December 2013

    It’s funny and scary. I hate the dentist. It’s very sad at the end. It made me cry. Next time David Walliams, make it funnier! I love the dad, he was very protective and loveable. This is a really good book. I hope David Walliams makes more books but perhaps less serious ones!

    5out of 5
  49. Embalina78
    on 6 December 2013

    Amazing book as usual by David Walliams!

  50. roseyclo
    on 4 December 2013

    very good.

  51. jasmita04
    on 27 November 2013

    i really want to RRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAADDDDDDD this book myfavourite athor has wrote a new book i also like jaqueline wilson as they are funny but david walliams books are hilarious i really want this book and i think you should read this book too !

  52. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 25 November 2013

    David Walliams Demon Dentist is possibly the best book that I have read since Christmas. It is really funny- I would compare it to Roald Dahl.

    My favourite character is Alfie because despite caring for his dad because his dad is disabled. Despite being really poor and living on freebies from Raj’s shop, he still lives life happily on always looks on the bright side. If I was a parent, Alfie is the sort of child I want. Kind and caring.

    Another of my favourite characters is Raj, the shop keeper. After appearing in Mr Stink and Billionaire Boy (just to name two of David Walliams wonderful novels!) Raj is as funny as ever. I love Raj because he has no care in the world. When Alfie pulls out one of Raj’s teeth, Raj does not care. He’s afraid of almost everything which is really funny- especially in a scene in which he breaks into Alfies’ house to spy on the mysterious person who is placing horrible and disgusting objects such as eyeballs and bats wings in place of teeth.

        Usually this is where I do "my favourite scene is..." but today I am going to do something different.

    The most hilarious scene in my opinion was when Raj gives Alfie a bag of just coffee Revels. He goes home to find Winnie (his social worker) wants a revel to find they are her least favourite Revel. She has another one, another one, another one and another one to find they are all coffee Revels. She then gets really angry.

        Another of the most hilarious scenes is right at the beginning when Alfie was younger. In this scene Alfie has toothache and needs a tooth pulled out. The whole village has to get involved to pull the tooth out. Eventually they do this and everybody falls on the floor. Unfortunately it was the wrong tooth.

    I rate this book 10/10. I would recommend this book to anyone from 9-99. It is mysterious and hilarious. Purely the writing of a genius!

    Ben, aged 13

    “In this story Alfie and his Dad live alone and are very poor, to not help the fact, Alfie’s Dad can’t get a job. Alfie’s Dad is disabled and uses a wheelchair, this means that he can’t look after Alfie that well and instead Alfie has to look after his Dad.

    Alfie doesn’t like trips to the dentist; in fact he has only been ONCE! Which means that Alfie’s teeth are really, really bad. In this story lots of kids are getting horrible gruesome presents when they lost a tooth instead of a nice new shiny coin from the tooth fairy. When Alfie went to school one day, they had a ’ special guest’ assembly this time instead of the usual police man it was the new dentist who had arrived in their town. At first the only the only unusual thing about the dentist was that her dentist name was ‘Mummy’ but then it got worse . . ….

    I think that this story is very interesting because it adds lots of description and it makes you feel like you are in the character’s perspective. I think it was better than the other previous books written by David Walliam’s because this book has more adventure in it and mystery. My favourite part in the story was when at the start the author is describing Alfie’s only trip to the dentist because I found it very funny and exciting, I think this because it makes a very clear picture in your head of the lengths they went to pull his tooth out.

    I think that the age group for this book is 10-13 because some of the words that they use may be a little complicated for children under 10. I recommended it highly.”

    Charlotte, aged 11

    “Alfred hates going to the dentist,so he came up with an easy solution he just doesn’t go! So when his new social worker Winnie gets him an appointment with the new dentist things just don’t seem right…..........

    I really liked all the characters in this book especially Gabz! I love the way Raj is in all of David Walliams books. A perfect book for Christmas and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of David in the near future!”

    Caoimhe, aged 12

    5out of 5
  53. monkton10
    on 20 November 2013

    As always, this is a funny and entertaining book. I have read all of David Walliams books and this is my favourite book! P.S there are a lot of made up words!

    5out of 5
  54. pumpkin51
    on 10 November 2013

    Best book ever!!!!! (From the back at least!)

  55. candydreams
    on 7 November 2013

    I love all the David Walliams books but I have to admit ‘Demon Dentist’ is the BEST!

  56. booklover84
    on 3 November 2013

    My sister bought this book. Then me and my sister started to read it aloud in the car so my mum could hear. I got so into it the others are left behind. I am racing throught the book even though it is SOOO long. I feel everybody who ISN’T scared of the dentist should read it and understand what REAL dentists are like!!! I definitely rate this book FIVE STARS!!!!!!!

    Now that I finished the book, I realized jow much adventure this story contains. It took me a few days, because I woulden’t stop reading it. I still rate this book  stars!!!

    5out of 5

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