David Walliams banned book titles, weird Simon Cowell e-mails, Ashleigh and Pudsey inspiration, and is he still alive?
The children’s books of David Walliams are nothing but sweet and fun and always speak of being yourself, a positive message to kids. Still some more closed minded countries think differently.
One of his books, “the Boy in the Dress” even needed a title change in certain countries, because they thought a boy wearing a dress was offensive.
Says David: “You get sent them all. There are Arabic copies. Sometimes they change the titles a bit.
“Because the first book was called ‘The Boy in the Dress’ and that didn’t go down that well all around the world. So that gets changed to like ‘The Boy Who Likes Football’ or something like that.”
Seeing the boy wearing the dress was a big part of the story (hence the title) we are amazed it was released out there at all.
Speaking to Radio 2’s Chris Evans, David also revealed how Britain’s Got Talent inspired his new book Ratburger: “It was partly to do with Britain’s Got Talent. BGT was won by Ashleigh and Pudsey, it was about a special relationship between a girl and an animal, and I think that was in my head too. And I was working with this very evil villain and I thought I never had a really evil villain in my book.”
Speaking of the evil villain AKA Simon Cowell, David also revealed another funny fact: “He’s in America, we had a sort of e-mail chat, because I got a letter from a young fan and she said ‘Oh, I don’t like Simon Cowell, do you?’
“So I sent it off to him and then he sort of faked some letter back to me, basically pretending it was from a child saying that they didn’t like me. But it clearly wasn’t real. I still have the e-mail. I asked if I could tweet it, and he said no, so I can’t make it public.”
Last night David held his charity talk and book signing in Leatherhead, where he revealed a schoolboy tale of storing stewed apple hamster-like in his cheeks all afternoon, just so he could spit it out on the way home.
He later revealed on his Twitter page: “At my book signing in Leatherhead today a child in the queue was overheard asking their mother ‘…is David Walliams still alive?’”