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The Boy Who Made the World Disappear: From the author of the bestselling The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale Paperback – 2 April 2020

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‘A sheer delight for all kids both big AND small’  -- Ruth Jones on The Night I Met Father Christmas

'Bubbles with warmth and mischievous humour . . . irresistible'  -- Alexander Armstrong on The Night I Met Father Christmas

'Wonderful, funny, magical' -- Chris Evans on How I Became a Dog Called Midnight

‘A magical adventure’ -- Sunday Express on The Day I Fell into a Fairytale

‘Great for reading aloud’  -- Week Junior on The Day I Fell into a Fairytale

'Each of [Ben’s] five books is joyous and thoughtful' -- Red Magazine

'Fabulous' -- Sunday Express on The Boy Who Made the World Disappear

‘A fire-side gem of a story’ -- Abi Elphinstone on The Night I Met Father Christmas

'Enchanting, funny and intriguing in equal measure' -- Philip Ardagh on The Night I Met Father Christmas

‘Clever and amusing’ -- Sunday Times on The Night I Met Father Christmas

‘A delightful tale for kids both small and big' -- My Weekly on The Night I Met Father Christmas

'Utterly festive and charming'  -- BookTrust on The Night I Met Father Christmas

‘A beautifully illustrated take on the classic tale by comedian Ben Miller’ -- Best Magazine on The Night I Met Father Christmas

About the Author

Ben Miller is the bestselling author of magical stories for all the family: The Night I Met Father Christmas, The Boy Who Made the World Disappear, The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale, How I Became a Dog Called Midnight and Diary of a Christmas Elf. His next children's book, The Night We Got Stuck in a Story, will be released in September 2022. He is an actor, director and comedian, best-known for the Armstrong and Miller sketch show, the Johnny English and Paddington films, BBC's Death in Paradise and recent Netflix smash, Bridgerton.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Children's UK (2 April 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1471172678
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1471172670
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 11 years, from customers
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 1.93 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Ben Miller is an acclaimed author, actor and director. He has written several bestselling books for children, including 'The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale' and 'The Night I Met Father Christmas'.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story telling that provides subtle guidance for a more strong willed child
By Jetage on 9 December 2019
I heard Ben Miller on Radio 4 this weekend and this book spoke to me instantly when the plot was discussed. I have a physics degree and an often naughty youngest child. This book was written for our family!

My 8YO is on chapter 6 already and beams from ear to ear when devouring it. We've read a little together and the reading level is perfect for her, with only a few words needing explanation. There a few topics relating to black holes that are covered very well, but have not fear, this is about the concept of a black hole sucking everything in, not trying to create mini scientists.

Story concept feels genuinely novel and pace is gentle but has enough momentum to keep the pages turning. The beauty (reading ahead a little at night) is the soft message coming later about how sometimes problems are better solved and worked through, not "disappeared".

So far, so good. We've also bought another of his books. It's always great to discover a new author that kids love, with his own take on a writing style from personal experience.

Worth just quickly pointing out that whilst there are some beautiful accompanying illustrations in the book, they are few and far between (probably every 20-30 pages or so) Worthwhile knowing depending on how image based your child’s reading is.
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