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Not got a billion pounds? Or even a million? Cheer up! If you’ve got good friends and this book to read, you’ve got life sorted. Joe is rich. Very rich. The wealthiest twelve-year-old in the land. He has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion reasons, in fact. Like: his own bowling alley. His own cinema. Even his own orangutan butler. Jealous yet? Don’t be. Joe has absolutely everything money can buy. But there’s one huge thing missing: a friend…

  • The third book by the amazing David Walliams
  • This was screened on BBC TV for Christmas 2015
  • Full of humour and heart, with a touching message
  • Witty pictures by top children’s artist Tony Ross

“A triumphant mix of wit and warmth.” Telegraph

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Catalogue number

5099 in Primary Schools Catalogue 2019/20






HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

June 9th, 2011

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AR book level: 4.1; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 240 pages


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  1. James
    on 24 April 2018

    I like it

    Billionaire boy is fantastic so anybody reading this review must read it

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  1. Monkey 113537

    on 2 February 2019

    Very good and walliamsie

  2. Clarice thumb 136

    on 7 May 2018

    Absolutely WONDERFUL! It was such a nice book because it is so funny, especially when the main character(Joe)’s dad embarrasses him at school! The moral of this story is that money can’t buy friendship.

    5out of 5
  3. Croc 113527

    on 14 March 2018

    Billionaire Boy is a spectacular book about the son of a loo-roll maker who makes a lot of money by his company “Bumfresh”. I liked this book because it is a mixture of funny, sad and money isn’t everything feeling. I really hope you enjoy it!

    5out of 5
  4. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 24 June 2017

    Really funny one of Walliams best novels!

  5. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 5 June 2017

    I have watched the TV show of it and I liked it but it was a little bit sad at times!! 😥😢😪😓

    4out of 5
  6. Fairy thumb 11

    on 16 April 2016

    Billionaire Boy is really funny and i enjoyed reading it

    4out of 5
  7. Lion 113522

    on 10 April 2016

    I loved reading this book . It was hilarious 😄 l highly recommend .

    5out of 5
  8. Pearl 113298

    on 28 March 2016

    The book is about a billionaire boy! I loved it read it ready got through it quick so many amazing story’s so thanks to David walliams who is the author that wrote the book. I like his books. Got spall of them he’s very funny I think he’s got a sense of humour.

    By Jasmine 1602

  9. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2016

    i liked it

    4out of 5
  10. Clarice thumb 136

    on 15 February 2016

    Goof book,lots of lessons on how not to be as a human being.

    4out of 5
  11. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 December 2015

    I loved this book is was amazing.

    5out of 5
  12. Jane blonde 113694

    on 29 October 2015

    Heart – warming.best book in the world.Also heart breaking in some parts.Loved it.

    5out of 5
  13. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 October 2015

    This book is rather interesting, plus I have read it once already and I have it on my bookcase. My brother has also read it twice and I can’t remember most of it.

    4out of 5
  14. Avatar princess 761798

    on 20 September 2015

    this book is cool and awsome and it shows that being rich is not the best thing ever having a best friend is better

  15. Bellasara 113282

    on 8 August 2015

    I completely love this book. It is so funny !!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  16. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 12 May 2015

    Billionaire boy is really fantastic. I really loved this book!

    5out of 5
  17. Love stargirl 113412

    on 23 February 2015

    This book is completely amazing I wish I had money like Joe spud even though some of it is upsetting this is good I go to secondary school and this is the top of the gossip list so that must be good

    5out of 5
  18. Evie 113313

    on 8 February 2015

    joe spud the billionaire boy loses his freind because of money his girl freind is from a advert about soup and she is paid by joes dad to go to joes school and make her his girlfriend really weird and fat joe oly had one freind bob who he lost because of money and his richness you really really really really really really really really should read this a must read book

  19. Avatar owl 761790

    on 2 January 2015

    As usual David Walliams has created a wonder for children and always does its a must have book for 7+

  20. Monkey 113537

    on 2 December 2014

    it is comedy and funny. I like David Walliams

  21. Love stargirl 113412

    on 10 September 2014

    SO inspiring and funning even though i go to secondry and wear full on make up i love it!!

  22. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 3 June 2014

    realy good book one of the best

    5out of 5
  23. Avatar bat 761713

    on 15 April 2014

    Totally awesome!

    5out of 5
  24. Default avatar

    on 10 March 2014

    Meet Joe Spud,the richest 12-year-old in the world.Joe has everything he could ever want:his own Formula One racing car,a thousand pairs of trainers,even an orang-utan for a butler!Yes,Joe has everything he wants,but there’s just one thing he really needs:a friend…

    5out of 5
  25. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    this is the funniest book on earth but also a bit sad. I would recommend this to anyone really absolutely hilarious!

    5out of 5
  26. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 8 March 2014

    I read this once it funny

  27. Gruffalo 113679

    on 8 March 2014

    A rich book!

    5out of 5
  28. Gruffalo 113679

    on 8 March 2014

    Heart warming.

  29. Petula 113689

    on 7 March 2014

    I’ve not finished reading this but I cant wait for Joe to make some friends

    5out of 5
  30. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    Good book a definite read for all :)

  31. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 7 March 2014

    about a boy who is rich but does not have any freinds

    5out of 5
  32. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2014

    it so great

  33. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2014

    all about how money cant buy you happiness.

  34. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 6 March 2014

    A class book! Nothing less than I expected, David Walliam’s a great author

    5out of 5
  35. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 6 March 2014

    This has got to be my favorite David Walliams books its the second book I read out of them all and I love the story line and characters

  36. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2014

    Moving and funny but sort of real. I LOVE IT!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  37. Avatar lion 761782

    on 5 March 2014

    Love this book so much it’s so good and funny and very touching lovely story altogether

  38. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 5 March 2014

    Billionaire Boy is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Not a surprise, really, because it’s from David Walliams. My favourite character is Raj, the news agent, because his ‘amazing’ deals are very humorous.

    5out of 5
  39. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2014

    This book, like all David Walliams’ books, was really funny, but with a serious meaning behind it, like this book goes to show that money can’t buy everything.

  40. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2014

    this book has a good life lesson.

  41. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 23 February 2014

    I got this for xmas 2013 and i loved it.It is my second favourite david walliams book,Gangsta Granny is my favourite!

    5out of 5
  42. Clarice thumb 136

    on 5 February 2014

    very good!

  43. Bellasara 113282

    on 18 January 2014

    It was awsome and jaw dropping of how much money he had and it me=ade my imagenation come to life.

  44. Default avatar 807810

    on 24 December 2013

    This hilarious book is about a rich boy who tries to find a friend.

  45. Pearl 113298

    on 23 December 2013

    Theres only one word to describe this book : EPIC!!!!

    5out of 5
  46. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 14 December 2013

    I love this book so much along with all the other books of David Walliams such as: Mr.stink Ratburger Gangsta Granny and lots more but love this book especially read it more that 4 times.

    5out of 5
  47. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 November 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me think about my life and if I have ever made a mistake like Joe did. I hope that I never in my life have problems with my family and friends. I would rate this book five stars.

  48. Avatar bear 761721

    on 18 October 2013

    I think this boy is very good.I personally give it a 4/5 stars. Find out more facts in this fabulous book.

  49. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 14 October 2013

    Loved this book! I would recommend it to anyone who would want a laugh!

  50. Avatar owl 761790

    on 2 October 2013

    It was hilarious! I enjoyed it a lot.

    4out of 5
  51. Room on the broom 113684

    on 11 April 2013

    it was sooo funny i loved it

  52. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 8 March 2013

    good book

  53. Pearl 113298

    on 8 March 2013

    A wonderful book, great fun for reading!!

    5out of 5
  54. Gruffalo 113679

    on 7 March 2013

    I love it

  55. Avatar bat 761713

    on 6 March 2013

    This book is an amazing story about a spoilt kid called Joe Spud and he’s got everything except from one thing and that’s friends! He decides to go to a normal school but his secret about being a billionaire doesn’t last long! I recommend this book to an age range of 8-12

    5out of 5
  56. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 6 March 2013

    I loved this book as Joe’s dad was the richest man ever and he would give anything for his son

    5out of 5
  57. Pirate2small 108060

    on 5 March 2013

    Had fun reading this book found it interesting

  58. Avatar bat 761713

    on 5 March 2013

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny

    5out of 5
  59. Wellyphant thumb 19

    on 5 March 2013

    I wish I could be him ,great book

  60. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2013

    the coolest book ever verry funny

  61. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    David walliams is a grey author. This is very funny and clever. Not my fav but very good.

    4out of 5
  62. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    this is super funny. I couldn’t stop laughing.

  63. Love stargirl 113412

    on 4 March 2013

    it was amazing wow!

  64. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2013

    The main character in this book is Joe Spud, son of gazillionaire Len Spud, who made millions by….well, making loo roll. Joe is ridiculously spoilt and even has his own Formula One life-sized car and race track in his back garden, and even en-suite bathrooms that have en-suites that have en-suites! It’s not all fun and games though. Think he has everything? Nope. He just wants one simple thing; a friend.

    This book is hilarious and fun, yet still manages to give out the message that money just doesn’t buy you happiness. Through reading this book, you can tell David Walliams is a naturally funny person, perhaps more so through writing rather than on TV.

    The ideas in this book are imaginative, funny and ridiculous, which is exactly what makes the book great!

    Billionaire Boy is aimed at slightly younger children, but I think anyone would enjoy this! For children or even the children-at-heart. And adults who are fans of David Walliams’s TV comedies! I give this a rating of 5/5. It’s a brilliant book!!

  65. Dora thumb 222

    on 4 March 2013

    Loved it

  66. Default avatar

    on 27 February 2013

    I’m reading this book from my library in my class at school and it’s reaally funny!!! I would reccomend this book to people who love a bit of laughter.

  67. Evie 113313

    on 14 January 2013

    really funny, I like the stuff like the school dinner menu and names you don’t want if you want to be a teacher · Sue doukou · Peter bread

  68. Clarice thumb 136

    on 10 January 2013

    I love this book so much!!! It’s funny and heart warming but it also sends a message to us all, rich or poor, it tells us that even if your rich, the money doesn’t matter, it’s whether you are happy or not and what people really think of you, for who you are. I would recommend this book to anyone!!

    5out of 5
  69. Clarice thumb 136

    on 28 November 2012

    Great book in the middle of it right now, all about a boy called Joe who has everything he could ever wish for including “2” crocodiles but the only thing money cant buy is a friend! When Joe quits his POSH school he joins a ordinary school. Will he ever find a REAL friend?

  70. Avatar owl 761790

    on 16 November 2012

    I think this book is amazing and hilarious and i recomend it and i would know he is one of my favourite authors.

  71. Clarice thumb 136

    on 6 November 2012

    Amazingly funny and i advise you to read other david walliam books

  72. Avatar robot 761806

    on 3 November 2012

    An awesome book 5/5!

  73. Hayley 113303

    on 3 November 2012

    I want to read this

    4out of 5
  74. Bellasara 113282

    on 1 November 2012

    This is one of the best books ever i would reccomend it to boys or girls aged 6 – 16 !!!!!!

    5out of 5
  75. Clarice thumb 136

    on 21 September 2012

    I have all of David Walliams children books he is awazing so are they but this is my favourite!! <3

    5out of 5
  76. Avatar owl 761790

    on 29 August 2012

    outsanding, this book left me speechless!

    5out of 5
  77. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 28 July 2012

    My all time favourite book. Hilarious so realistic. People need to read this. Why wasn’t David Walliams discovered earlier. Amy xx

    5out of 5
  78. Default avatar

    on 23 June 2012

    okay i dont really like books with comedy in it not for me

    2out of 5
  79. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 May 2012

    All my friends are like “read billionare boy” i will! lol ;D

  80. Default avatar

    on 3 May 2012

    Where ever i look everyone is passing this around.

  81. Avatar robot 761806

    on 20 April 2012

    i ABSOULOUTLY loved it

    it was amazing

    5out of 5
  82. Croc 113527

    on 29 March 2012

    I liked this book because it was really funny. Joe has everything he ever wanted and then his life gets complicated. My favourite part was when I found out he had his own orang-utan for a butler! I would recommend this book to everyone, you won’t be able to put it down!

    5out of 5
  83. Default avatar

    on 22 March 2012

    Its dead funny,a little sad at somepoints…

  84. Default avatar 807810

    on 13 March 2012

    I think this is a funny book and is suitable for any age.it’s about a boy called Joe who’s father is very rich and has everything he’s ever wanted except one thing. A friend!

    4out of 5
  85. Petula 113689

    on 10 March 2012

    a brill book for any age!

  86. Avatar lion 761782

    on 5 March 2012

    The bumfresh boy! Lauren was nice at first, I felt bad for joe when he found out! * * * * *

  87. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 1 March 2012

    This book is awesome whether you are 9 or 99 it is great for everyone. It isn’t like any of other books that try not to say words that are considered rude in school and it is quite much of a book that breaks the rules. it is absolute fantabulisticsomely great!

  88. Avatar owl 761790

    on 1 March 2012

    This book is hilarous and quite touching, it’s hilarous me and my friends were literally rolling on the floor. Billionare Boy is about a boy who dads a billionaire but although that they can get WHATEVER the young boy sadly does not have ONE single friend! I won’t say to much just in case I spoil the story for you. Must read

  89. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 1 March 2012

    I love all david walliams books i have read them all and think they are ace, if you haven’t read them you are rely missing out!!

  90. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    Really good.

    4out of 5
  91. Bellasara 113282

    on 1 March 2012

    I found this book funny and very good, but I found it quite childish and unrealistic in parts – it is for a young age group, but it was a light and funny read, which is great for younger readers wanting comedy, fun and a little bit of real life, this book is good.

  92. Gruffalo 113679

    on 26 February 2012

    This book is very funny and I would highly recommend it

    5out of 5
  93. Gruffalo 113679

    on 5 November 2011

    a great read,a must read,another truly brillIant adventure by David walliams

    4out of 5
  94. Petula 113689

    on 19 September 2011

    Amazingly funny!!!!!

    5out of 5
  95. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 29 August 2011

    Its amazing I loved it!

    5out of 5
  96. Petula 113689

    on 8 August 2011

    it was brill! go billionaire Boy!!!!!!

  97. Hayley 113303

    on 3 August 2011


    5out of 5
  98. Default avatar

    on 5 July 2011

    brilliant book

    5out of 5
  99. Avatar robot 761806

    on 16 June 2011

    I thought this book was fantastic and it was good that it was quite long. I would love to live in Joe Spud’s house!

    5out of 5
  100. Default avatar

    on 13 June 2011

    On the Scholastic Book Club Website, I read the Look Inside on it, and for the first twenty-odd pages,I really enjoyed reading the book.I wish I could have read more of the book to find out what happened, but it was the end of the Look Inside.A fantastic joy to read.Recommended for ages 9+ to get some of the jokes and read some of the words.Hope I can buy it myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  101. Default avatar

    on 31 May 2011

    Billionare Boy is a book about a boy who is rich and lonley but then his life turns around for the better. The characters were very adventurous also the book made me laugh a lot I would definatly reccomend the book to children aged 9 – 12 for both girls and boys. I think the genre was funny because there were humourous characters.

    Jasmine, aged 10

    Billionaire Boy is a fast paced, exciting book. It is about, well as you can tell from the title, a boy who’s father is a billionaire. Full of comedy and schoolteachers and chocolate, this book is a great read for all ages. But don’t forget to spend your billion pound note wisely.

    George, age 12

    5out of 5