HarperCollins Children’s Books will this May publish a new book by David Walliams, entitled The World’s Worst Children.
The book, illustrated in colour by Walliams’ long-time collaborator Tony Ross, is Walliams’ “unique take on the classic cautionary tale”, according to HarperCollins, with short stories featuring characters such as Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble, and Sofia Sofa, a TV super-fan who spends so much time on the sofa she’s turning into one.
“I loved writing this collection of stories, as I left my imagination run completely wild,” said Walliams. “There is huge emphasis on surreal humour in this book. I hope children around the world will enjoy it, even the most reluctant reader.”
Executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh added: “Children love surprises, and what a brilliant surprise to have a new and unexpected book from their hero: author David Walliams. This is David’s very first short story collection and demonstrates just what a genius storyteller he is, with every story fizzing with the power of his unique and incredible imagination.”
HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish The World’s Worst Children in gift hardback (£14.99), audio (£10) and e-book (£9.99) editions on 19th May in the UK, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The audio version will be read by Walliams.
Walliams is also the author of several novels and picture books for children and his last fiction title, Grandpa’s Great Escape, spent four weeks at number one in the overall book chart when released in September 2015.
His next fiction title will be published by Harper Collins Children's Books in the autumn.