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Summary

From million-copy best-selling author David Baddiel comes a laugh-out-loud story for listeners of eight and up that takes you on a roller-coaster ride of fame and friendship....

Nothing extraordinary has ever happened to Billy Smith. In fact, every single thing about him is ordinary, including his name. But when a documentary crew turns up at Billy’s school to film the new TV series School Daze, everything changes.

Billy shouldn’t stand out: all the other kids are much more interesting than him. But when remixes of his boring class presentation go viral, Billy finds himself accidentally an overnight star. With his friends, Bo and Rinor, by his side, his life turns into a whirlwind of red carpets, TV shows, albums and even the possibility of meeting Sunshine De Marto - the coolest girl on the planet. But as everyone knows, fame comes with a price....

The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous is an epically entertaining tale, which asks the question - what if everyone suddenly knew your name?...

©2021 David Baddiel (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Simple, effective, appeals to the target audience

Simple but effective, Baddiel always appeals to his target audience.

Billy is totally ordinary, like, TOTALLY average. No special skills, no interesting hobbies, dull family, just - normal.

A lot of kids in his school have had amazing experiences (see Baddiel's past efforts), so when a TV crew arrives at Billy's school to capture regular school students for a documentary, he actually stands out by being incredibly, utterly boringly ordinary.

Which somehow takes off and Billy becomes.... viral?!

From this point, I found the story incredibly predictable - will Billy stay true to who he is? Will fame go to Billy's head? Will he forget his 'true' friends? Will his head be turned by the pop star he's smitten with?

Quite brief really and straightforward, it's still amusing, with great points to make about celebrity and social media, it's not as original as a lot of Baddiel's other children's titles, but still very likeable.

Parents and teachers reading this will enjoy some digs at celebrity culture, names and stereotypes. David Baddiel reads this with energy, as ever, and it makes a very enjoyable listen.

For ages 7-13. With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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funny

it was a great book and very funny especially towards the end 🙂. very unpredictable

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Amazing performance by the story was brilliant

(WHAT DID YOU LIKE YOUR DISE LIKE) well I like this book something is wrong not that wrong I liked the start and the middle oh can't forget he end

(IF SOMETHING IS WRONG WHAT IS IT) well I don't know but something is a bit wrong I didn't like the sound affects but besides that good


(WHY DID YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK) like I siad I didn't like the sound affects


(ANY ADDITIONAL REVIEW) umm it's good bye

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Best ever book

It’s amazing you should read I have read it 12 times in one month. Yay

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Yay

Amazing
The best book ever
I think it is good because it just is
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I absolutely loved it it’s amazing I loved it because it’s about friendship as well as fame 🥳😁😁🤓🤩🤩😍😍😛😋😋🤪🤤🤤🤤