by David Walliams
Primary List 2017-18 SHORTLIST
So far we have received 40 reviews of The Midnight Gang.
You can read them below. Why not add your own review?
Grace from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
This is another fantastic book by David Walliams. I would recommend this book to all ages. I laugh almost every time I read these books. David Walliams is a really fantastic author!
Eleanor from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
When it's midnight at the Lord Funt Hospital- the Midnight Gang comes alive! Tom finds himself awake at the Lord Funt Hospital with a throbbing head and an awful smell running through his nose...the smell of hospitals! Scared and confused, Tom realised he was hit with a cricket ball at school ; does anyone care- NO! With a wicked matron on his case, disgusting medicine being injected in to his throat, and a cold hospital bed, life couldn't be worse! Or could it all change! When Tom gains trust with the variety of poorly children from the hospital, he gains the secret that life here is not as bad as he thought when he joins the Midnight Gang! Is there more parts to the hospital than he thought? Is the Midnight Gang the key to success? Can the gang survive under the watch of the wicked matron? Find out in 'The Midnight Gang' written by the legendary David Walliams! I was moved by this book due to its meaningful story line, characters and adventures these ill children took! It hits you when you realise how healthy you are and a handful of children in the book are fighting for their life ( e.g 'Sally'). Any age I can guarantee will be tugged at with their emotions as this book really makes you think! As well, it may help children who are maybe frightened of the hospital as it shows life long friends can be made and staff ( in some cases) are friendly and there for you! A straight ten I would give to this book due to to the perfect illustrations, comedy and interesting story line! The best David Walliams book by far!
clementine from Year 7, Healing School - A Science Academy:
The book had me enthralled. It was so so so amazing the description is very good. David walliams is a really good author you should read it. My favourite part is where they tell stories to each other and my favourite line from it is ‘then all the other children wrapped each other in the bandages so they could be Egyptian Mummy's ’.
Connor from Year 5, Rosedale Primary School:
Firstly, I would like to say it was one of the best books that I have ever read it was weird when Tom got hit by a cricket ball and next thing he knew, he woke up in hospital. I liked how funny the book was because the unexpected happened, like when the elevator door opened, and stood right in front of them was the cleaner. they said they were the cleaning inspectors because it was midnight and they weren't meant to be up. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Violet from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
The Midnight Gang is a really good book and very enjoyable. I was excited to read this book as soon as I opened it on Christmas. I was excited because it was written by David Walliams, who is in my top favourite authors, and because he has a really good sense of humour. Now about the book... This is an incredible book, and I love how it is based on children who are in a hospital. My favourite characters are.. Tom and Sally because Sally has a condition where she could possibly pass away with and even though she has this condition she is very positive and happy towards life and she doesn't care that she may not live but she cares about living her life in what she has left of it. Tom is also my favourite character because he is very helpful and cares about others way more than himself. I recommend this book to ages 7+ it is an excellent book to read it made me have mixed emotions and I' am sure children 7+ will enjoy it. Just one more question how would you feel if you were in a hospital with these two characters?
Daisy from Year 6, Green Top Primary:
I thought that The Midnight Gang was an amazing book because as soon as I read the first page it made me want to reed on. The book was really interesting because at the end of every chapter David Walliams left it on a cliff hanger which always made me want to read more to find out what happens. My favourite part was when Tom (the main character), the other children and the porter collect loads of the balloons to try and make George's dream come true. The reason why I like this part is because they have to go into loads of different parts of the hospital to collect the balloons and they get caught by an elderly woman and she thinks that the balloons are for her from her dad so Tom and his friends give her a balloon that says happy birthday grandma on it however she cant reed so she just takes it and because she is so light weighted she takes off into the sky. so the porter, Tom and his friends have to take the ambulance (without permission ) to try and save her...That is why i like The Midnight Gang!!!!!
Isla from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
David Walliams is one of my favourite authors currently, and "The Midnight Gang" didn't disappoint me. The story is set in a children's ward in a hospital called "Lord Funt Hospital". Even though the children are all ill it doesn't stop them going on adventures and bringing their dreams to life. These books are very easy to read and very well illustrated by Tony Ross, I would recommend this book to anybody that can read! I have given it a 10 out of 10. I gave this score because I just wanted to keep reading to see where the adventures would go, as they were all the children's wishes, hopes and dreams. They thought outside the box and always figured out a way to create their dreams with help from a trusty friend called "Porter".
Chantelle from Year 5, Green Top Primary:
I liked the book because it was enthusiastic tells you about a boy who goes into hospital and the other boys and girls talk to him and they are not allowed sweets or any stuff that gives you holes in your teeth i wouldn't rate a 10 exause it didn't have why they was in the hospital
Kelsey from Year 6, Pheasant Bank Academy:
The midnight gang is one of my favourite books It makes my emotions run it is so interesting and it Makes me laugh. I would recommend this book to all ages because it is amazing. Once I started to read this book I knew i would love it because i love David Williams. This book makes your spirits jump and it also makes your emotions flow out of you like a waterfall.
Sienna from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
I love this book because it emphasises friendship. They always stick together
Eva from Year 7, Healing School - A Science Academy:
It's a amazing book it's very funny especially the pard when the worlds oldest child (who is 99) flys with about 10 balloons 🎈 then her night dress comes off and the chapter at the end when tom finds out the truth about his parents. I would recommend this book to children 6+ and I would give it a **** out of 5 .
Keira from Year 8, Ridgewood School:
"Sorry, we aren't recruiting any new members at the minute, Sally". Tom gains the trust of the other ill patients in the Children's ward almost instantly, whilst they still think Sally is capable of slowing their adventures down; and with Sally knowing what they're doing and an unforgiving matron on their case, she has to try to gain the trust from the other people in her ward. But will she keep their missions a secret. Trying to gain her rightful place in the midnight gang. Where their adventures are just beginning. Or break the wanted faith towards them? I would recommend this book to all readers which have a level of sympathy towards characters and are willing to read between the lines on the characters backgrounds and injuries. I would approve this book with a 10/10.
Evie from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
I love this book because it is about friendship and I love people being friends. This book is also about adventure and a group of friends that risk their own lives to make each other's dreams come true. In this story I think the funniest character is tootsie because she is so happy and every time she speaks she is so jolly and is always like me when i get a bar of chocolate- I get very excited!!! My other favourite character is George because he doesn't care what he says and he absolutely loves chocolate. He has a stash of chocolate under his bed that he sneaks out at night when nobody is looking because he is not supposed to have chocolate at the hospital!!! So overall I think this David walliams book is the best book that he has written so far!!! This book is amazing - really good😍😍😍😍😍.
May from Year 5, Rosedale Primary School:
I liked this book because it is funny. Like other David Walliams books, the characters are amusing and so are the illustrations. I reccomend this book, and other David Walliams books, to children of all ages, whatever they like.
Billy from Year 4, Rosedale Primary School:
I found this book funny but also sad. My favourie part was when Raj accidentally stapled his fingers together ha ha!!!
Holly from Year 6, Pheasant Bank Academy:
I like this book because it's set in an unusual place.I enjoyed reading it because I knew that there was going to be nice illustrations and it would be funny because David walliams has a great sense of humour .I personally believe that other people will like this book because once you've started reading it you will be instantly hooked to It.When Tom a schoolboy is hit on the head while playing a game ,his mum takes him to the Lord Funt hospital to get him checked out. Things get worse when he meets the matron (who looks scary) .He doesn't yet know he's about to have a wonderful journey .The midnight gang make his awful experience better by telling him funny stories of five boys previously in the children's ward.This story is about friendship and it makes you believe that dreams really do come true .
phoebe from Year 7, De Warenne Academy:
The midnight gang is a really good book in my opinion I would recommend this book to boys and girls I would say there is no age limit it will be for EVERYONE.my favourite bit in the book is where all of the boys and girls in the hospital sneak out in the basement the best character is sally she is nice and sweet. 10/10
Molly from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
This storie will melt your heart and fill your eyes with happy and sad tears. It is an amazing page turner about five children making their dreams come true whilst going thorough terrible illnesses and restricted to the Children's Ward. Despite Matron, Nurse Meese, Dilly and all the other nurses and doctors on patrol, Amber forfills her dream of making it to the North Pole despite both her arms and legs being broken, temporarily blind Rober conducts his dream orchestra and George almost takes to the air as he floats a few centre meat era in the air. The only children left are seriously ill Sally who dreams of living a big beautiful life and Tom has yet to decide his wish. I strongly recommend this book as it will make you want to read it over and over again!
Jorja from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I absolutely loved this book because it was extremely exciting and there was a lot of interesting things happening in the book. It also was very adventurous and very enjoyable to read.
katie from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
this book was amazing. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like comedy and adventure because it is funny and they are going on adventures around the hospital. I gave this book 10 out of 10 as it is the worlds best book I have ever read. also if you are into mystery you would also like this book. as I will say many times it is AMAZING! hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did.
Shania from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
Wow this book was the first book I read when it was by David Williams. It was very good book the best book I have read. At first I didn't know what was happening them has I got on through the book it was fantastic. I would read this book again it got into me a Lot.
Jack from Year 5, Woodfield Primary:
Good book good to enjoy liked it but one, thing to look out for is, the horrible, Dunedin . The back of the hardback version
Maddison from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
I love this book because David walliams is a very good author and makes his book funny with humour in one of my all time favourites love it 😍 Recommend to y4 and up
Rithjuan from Year 3, Canon Popham Primary School:
I'm good with the book
Abbie from Year 6:
This book was so funny it was unreal. I literally laughed out loud! It had an amazing story line with fantastic illustrations. It was also easy to follow as my 6 year old sister read it and can remember it off by heart. I recommend this book to all ages.
Hannah from Year 7, - Home Educated -:
This is a book about a boy that gets sent to hospital after getting a bump on is head from a tennis ball with the help of his friends he must escape from the matron and help make dreams come true. I really like this book but can be a bit boring at times my age rating would be 7-10 I think I probably am a bit old for this book but still enjoyed it.
Danielle from Year 8, De Warenne Academy:
It's midnight at the Lord Funt Hospital and at that time the daredevil kids leave the children's ward and fulfil their dreams. Tom whom arrived at the hospital earlier that day was hit on the head with a baseball is determined to find out what their up to.With matron on their case, disgusting medicine being injected in to his throat, and no proper breakfast could this be better than his boarding school? When the midnight gang is found out and Tom has to go back to his boarding school he finds out that the Matron has been ignoring phone calls from Toms mother and father, Tom is delighted when they come to visit him and take him home. I really loved by this book due to its truthful story line, characters and adventures these ill children took! This book is suitable for any age and will most defiantly tug at your heartstrings. This book shows children the hospital is nothing to be afraid of although it may give them some ideas. A straight ten I would give to this book. The best David Walliams book by far! I hope as many people as possible will read this as it shows you that IT IS possible to have fun in the hospital although I don't think they recommend you go running around at night! David Walliams is the best author of our time and generations to come will read his books and laugh. This books are great if you feel down in the dumps or if you just want to have a laugh. I am a big fan of all his books and I look forward to lots more. I am certain that I will show my neice this book and read it to her as she loves David Walliam.
Ellie from Year 13:
As I have read some of David Walliams previous books, I was expecting this one to be a hilarious book full of laughter, mystery, fun and that I wouldn't put it down. I can tell you I was not disappointed. In the first three chapters, I thought it was a bit boring because it only explained the kids. At this point, I wanted to put it down but I didn't because I wanted to see where it would lead to. It led to the kids going on midnight adventures and getting into mischief which I found funny. I think it's a brilliant book to read and I would recommend this book for ten year olds and over.
chloe from Year 7, Ridgewood School:
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book about a boy named tom and , his amazing adventures during his time at Lord Funt hospital. Robin , George , Amber , tom and poor little sally are on the top floor in the hospital - the children's ward. At midnight every night these amazing children go on adventures together however, they are not allowed to leave the ward without matrons permission. if you read this book you will discover how these cheeky children manage to sneak around the hospital without getting caught - until .....
Millie from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I loved this book as it has a good story and it combines that with lots of humor! It caught my attention when I started reading it; I was sad when I finished it! Even though it is very long, I read it all at once because I loved it! I would recommend it to people who like a unique story and lots of comedy.
Emily from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:
This is a very interesting book and extremely funny for all ages. I have read many of David Walliams books and loved them all, but this one stood out and it may be one of my favourite books of 2017. I recommend this book to everyone. No matter how many times I read this book it never gets boring, so if you get your hands on this book and start reading, you wont regret it.
veycan from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This interesting book is about a boy and he bumps his head very badly so he goes to the hospital and he stays there for a long time because his parents work aboard and they don't know about this incident. I think this book would be suitable for ages eight and above because it would give the person a challenge. I would recommend this book because it is a very interesting book.
ellie from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This book is about a group of children that are in a hospital and strike at midnight and go on adventures this book would be sutable for ages 9 & + I would recommend this book if you like adventures
Isabelle from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This book is about 5 kids and a main character named Tom. Tom was a boy who had always dreamt of being in a gang, so here was his chance. At this point, Tom was currently ill so he got sent to the Lord Funt Hospital where they was 4 kids, who were also ill but were in a midnight gang. Also the age I would assume for this book would be an 8+ as they is a lot of things to do with hospital and some parents may think some of the language may be a bit inappropriate. I recommend this book because it is really interesting and creative for ages around Y4/5. I would give this spectacular book 4 and a half out of 5 stars.
Maddison from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This book is absolutely amazing. It haves to be one of my absolute favourites. As soon as I knew it was writ by David Walliams and I opened on to the first page my heart filed with joy. This book is about 5 poorly but mischievous children that are in the Lord Funt Hospital which is like a trap to them . My favourite character has to be tom because of the embarrassing things that happens to him . This could be for any age.
pippa from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
its about a little boy and his parents going away and he has to stay with his gran. he has to go into the hospital that he had never seen before except for when he was born. I think it would be suitable for ages 9 - 11 year olds .I would recommend this book because it is entertaining and a fun book to enjoy.
Ellie from Year 5, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:
It’s a very good book about five children that are in hospital, I give this 7-10 because it was incredibly funnny especially when the old lady flys. If I was you maybe read this book you will enjoy it
khia from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This book is about a group of children have an amazing adventures while all of the other children are asleep.
Imogen from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I think this book was really good and I didn't have a favourite part because I loved it all. The book could probably be read by 10yrs and older because they is a lot of words and they is a lot to read. I would recommend this book because its really good and if you are ever board it's a good book to read.
Megan from Year 5, Pheasant Bank Academy:
Midnight Gang is a great book one of my favourite David Walliams. It's a group of children in a hospital with a mean matron looking after him. When he goes onto the kids ward and finds friends at midnight they came on a new mission thought the hospital throughout the hour of midnight. My reccomendation for this book is high. This has a massive chance of winning of winning the Doncaster Book Awards (DNA). I love this so much and I definitely recommend this book❤.