is a childrens fiction book published on 28 October 2010and written byDavid Walliamsand illustrated byTony Ross. The story follows Joe Spud who is the richest boy in the country and has everything he could ever want, except a friend. The book was adapted forBBC television, broadcast on 1 January 2016.
The story follows 12-year-old billionaire Joe Spud who lives with his billionaire dad, who made money out of bumfresh wipe n go toilet paper, Len Spud lives in a very large country home. The two of them have everything they could ever want, such as an orang-utan butler, a bowling alley, a cinema, and servants. Joe is depressed, sad and unhappy when he doesnt have any friends and leaves a wealthy childrens school to join a local comprehensive. There he meets another 12-year-old, Bob, with whom he becomes friends.
After the cross-country run (where Bob and Joe come last and second to last, respectively), the two go to Rajs store, where Raj reveals Joes secret. Then they encounter Dave and Sue Grubb, two bullies whose main target is always Bob. The Grubbs dump Bob in the bin. Joe then discovers that Bobs father died and offers the 50 note that he had offered him to come last in the race. Bob refuses it, however.
The next day, to escape the Grubbs, Joe and Bob enter the school canteen, where the food is disgusting. Mrs Trafe, the canteen lady, serves them uncooked jacket potatoes.
Later that day, in History class with Miss Spite (or The Witch) Joe realizes he has forgotten his History homework, and Miss Spite gives him 15 minutes to retrieve it, and Joe calls his father. Len Spud arrives in a Bum Air helicopter, unveiling Joes secret. Joe is chased by everyone and ultimately arrives to Miss Spite five seconds late, and she puts him on litter duty; Joe tries to explain, but Miss Spite doesnt listen and puts him on litter duty for a month.
During his litter duty where Bob helps him, the Grubbs arrive to reveal Joes deal with them. Bob, angered, calls Joe a spoiled brat and leaves.
After the half-term holidays, a new girl, Lauren, arrives at the school and all the boys have their eye on her, even Joe. Soon Joe and Lauren become best friends. Until Joe comes home one day and finds out that his Dad is holding a massive party and then Sapphire (Lens girlfriend) spurts out that she had seen Lauren on television before. Soon enough, Joe found out that his dad had paid Lauren to be his friend, and decides to run away.
Raj, the kindly newsagent, finds Joe sleeping in a skip and talks over with Joe about his situation. Joe goes to Bobs home to apologize. Bob accepts but soon finds out that Mr Spud had lost his fortune as everyone is suing him because Bum Fresh is making everyones bottom go purple. Joe returns to Bum Fresh Towers, and his father suggests that he should save something from the house before the bailiffs take everything. Mr Spud is surprised when Joe returns with a rocket made out of loo roll because he says it was made with love. Later, Joes father marries Bobs mum, and the story closes.
Joe Spud- The main character in the story. He is the son of a multi-billionaire. His best friend is Bob and his love interest is Lauren, who is revealed to be an actress. Joe is twelve years old at the beginning of the book. He was bullied at his last school because his father made his fortune by making loo rolls, he is very socially awkward.
Leonard Spud- The multi-Billionaire who is the founder of Bumfresh. He is divorced and is 46 years old when he says that he and Sapphire have a 27-year age gap. He endlessly dates Page 3 type girls. In the end, he marries Bobs mum.
Bob- Is Joes best friend and later stepbrother. His dad died of cancer and his family is poor. The Grubbs bully him and is made fun of by the rest of the class for being fat. He weighs twelve stone and weighed eight stones when he was a baby. He is Rajs favorite customer.
Sapphire Stone- A Page 3 girl and a gold digger. It is revealed that she was only dating Mr. Spud because of his wealth. She later dated the entirety of a Premier League Football team. She is 19 years old and has blonde hair and is not very intelligent.
Lauren- An actress. Mr Spud has paid Lauren to be Joes girlfriend. She stars in the Pot Noodle advert. She is 13 years old and has a boyfriend whose name is not mentioned. She is Joes love interest and is remarkably pretty.
The Grubbs- The Grubbs are twins who are the school bullies. One of them is Dave and another is Sue, even though they have all the same features. Their parents cant tell them apart and they are sent to a boot camp in America for juvenile delinquents.
Raj- Raj is a very kind shopkeeper who is on occasion rather bizarre and sells newspapers/magazines.
Miss Spite- Is Joes strict teacher. When Joe gets litter duty, Len Spud (his dad) gets Miss Spite sacked.
Mrs Trafe- Is the kindly dinner lady who enjoys the company of Joe, Bob and Lauren, but not anyone else, and deliberately cooks disgusting food like deep-fried Blu-Tack.
Billionaire Boyreceived positive praise from reviews by newspapers such asThe Guardian2andThe Express.3The story has mainly been described as hilarious yet touching, as have Walliams other books.
After the success of the first two adaptations (Mr Stink&Gangsta Granny), Walliams announced thatThe Boy In The Dress&Billionaire Boywould be made into television specials.
The adaptation aired on New Years Day 2016 at 7.00pm onBBC One.4It was seen by 6.34 million viewers, making it the 17th most watched programme on BBC1 for the week ending January 3, 2016 and the 21st most watched across all UK TV channels.5
A stage musical adaptation based on the book will premiere at theNuffield Theatre Southampton(at the City theatre) from 20 November 2018 to 6 January 2019. The musical will be adapted byJon Brittainand feature music and lyrics byMiranda Cooperwith songwriting partnerNick Coler.8
World of David Walliams. Archived fromthe originalon 4 September 2015
BBC – Cast announced as production begins on BBC One adaptation of David Walliams Billionaire Boy – Media Centre
BBC One Orders New David Walliams Adaptation Billionaire Boy, John Thomson & Elliot Sprakes To Star – TVWise.
David Walliams musical and new Howard Brenton play in Nuffield 2018 season
Billionaire Boy – BBC Drama – Behind the scenes – Never miss an opportunity
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