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Author: Walliams, David
An accident lands Tom in the hospital but when the clock strikes midnight, the adventures of Tom and his fellow patients are just beginning!
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 195334
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 75782
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/17)
School Library Journal (12/00/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2018 Having taken aim at dentists in Demon Dentist (2016) and senior care in Grandpa’s Great Escape (2017), Walliams turns to the medical professions with this satirical tale of children’s-ward patients who sneak out at night to fulfill one another’s wishes. Sometimes the efforts of the titular “gang” take unexpected twists, as when the hundreds of balloons—harvested from all over shabby Lord Funt Hospital to give chubby young George a taste of weightless flight—are hijacked by a senile nonagenarian who soars gaily away over London. Other exploits go better, particularly the sweet pageant climactically staged around the bed of desperately ill Sally (the author leaves her disease unspecified, but it looks a lot like cancer) in response to her wish for “a big, beautiful life!” Readers who prefer their humor on the offensive side will enjoy the way the author needles authority figures by casting them as stupid, malicious, or both. Also Roald Dahl–like, the narrative is embroidered with typographical flights and, from Ross, comical ink-and-wash caricatures. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.