The Beast of Buckingham Palace (Hardcover)
The UK's #1 bestselling children's author, David Walliams, is back with a fantastical tale of myth and legend, good and evil, and one small boy on a quest to save the world—chock-full of Walliams’s unmistakable humor and perfect for fans of Jeff Kinney and Roald Dahl.
The kingdom has fallen into darkness.
Prince Alfred has never left the safety of Buckingham Palace. But there are strange goings on inside the palace walls—and Alfred’s life is about to change forever.
In the dead of night something terrible stalks the corridors. When Alfred’s beloved mother the queen is dragged off to the Tower of London, the boy must summon all his courage to embark on an epic quest to save her… and the entire world.
About the Author
David Walliams is the New York Times bestselling author of Demon Dentist, The Midnight Gang, and Grandpa's Great Escape. His novels have sold over eighteen million copies worldwide and have been translated into over fifty-three languages. David’s books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim—with many reviewers comparing him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl. In addition to being a bestselling author, David is an actor, comedian, and television personality. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the arts. He lives in the UK.
"Gunfire, heroic sacrifice, chasing about, and large explosions aplenty keep the pages turning as Alfred faces down the would-be tyrant with help from a comically malfunctioning robot butler and a crew of aging but doughty ladies-in-waiting." — Booklist Online
PRAISE IN THE USA FOR THE ICE MONSTER: "A chaotic slapstick comedy." — Publishers Weekly
PRAISE IN THE USA FOR GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE: ”A realistic and touching relationship. Ample illustrations from the always splendid Ross will keep the pages in this plump volume turning. A Dahl-esque tale.” — Kirkus Reviews
“While the irreverent wit will keep readers engaged, the surprising tenderness in the relationship between Jack and his ailing grandfather is what makes this book truly shine. A darkly humorous tale with a surprising amount of heart.” — School Library Journal
“Walliams gives Grandpa—and [his] Spitfire—a grand send-off. A pleaser for fans of similar escapades engineered by the likes of Roald Dahl or Frank Cotrell-Boyce. Walliams, already popular in the UK, is a best-seller this side of the pond as well, and this caper promises to be no different.” — ALA Booklist
PRAISE IN THE USA FOR DEMON DENTIST: “A Brit-flavored romp that combines moments of intense terror and bracing courage with biting satire.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A Dahl-esque mix of humor and horror that will appeal to fans of both.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A goofy, gory, outlandish tale of deep evil and terrible tooth-rot—and sweetness of heart. Kids who enjoy humorous gross-out horror will definitely want to book an appointment of their own with the Demon Dentist.” — Wall Street Journal
“Dahl-esque in the extreme…Frenetic humor for middle grade fans of the funny and fearsome.” — School Library Journal
“Ross’s energetic drawings and some playful use of typography bring additional drama and humor to the story. The story’s comedy is nicely counterbalanced by the poignant bond between Jack and Grandpa.” — Publishers Weekly