The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous

The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous

By Author / Illustrator

David Baddiel, Steven Lenton


Funny Stories

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HarperCollins Publishers








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, brought to life with illustrations by the brilliant Steven Lenton, which asks the question - what if everyone suddenly knew your name...?



Billy is an ordinary eleven year old school boy, who lives with his perfectly ordinary parents and his ten-month-old sister, Lisa, who is also ordinary. Everything about Billy was ordinary; at school he wasn't top of his class, or bottom. He wasn't good at sport, or bad either. He was neither popular nor unpopular. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to Billy, until one day when something extraordinary did happen; a TV crew came to Billy's school to film a documentary.

The children at Billy's school are all very excited about starring in a TV program and are willing to do almost anything to be included, and perhaps one of them might well become famous. However, Billy - and everyone else - knows it won't be him. Unsurprisingly, the appearance of the film crew during Billy's English lesson leads to one or two of his peers reading out some unbelievable tales of adventure. But when it comes to Billy's turn to read his work aloud, he realises that his mundane account of his ordinary family's trip to a theme park, followed by a trip to visit his Grandpa, is as 'everyday' as the show's producer could possibly want. Almost overnight, Billy becomes 'Relatabill', a social media sensation. Billy is famous and life for him and his family is about to change.

The Boy Who Got accidentally Famous is a fabulous read following the trials and tribulations of fame and its impact on Billy, his family and his friends. This is the first book I have read by David Baddiel and I feel sure that this laugh out loud tale will be a popular stocking filler this Christmas, while also providing some brilliant opportunities for whole class or group discussion about family and friendship. An ideal read for any newly independent, KS2 aged reader.

288 pages / Reviewed by Samantha Phillips, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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