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Previously by David Walliams:

The Boy in the Dress Mr Stink Billionaire Boy Gangsta Granny Ratburger

David Walliams

Demon Dentist

Illustrated by Tony Ross

First published in hardback in Great Britain by HarperCollins Childrens Books 2013 HarperCollins Childrens Books is a division of HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 7785 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London W6 8JB The HarperCollins website address is www.harpercollins.co.uk 1 Text David Walliams 2013 Illustrations Tony Ross 2013 David Walliams and Tony Ross assert the moral right to be identified as the author and illustrator of this work. HB: ISBN 978-0-00-745356-6 TPB: ISBN 978-0-00-745357-3 Printed and bound in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc Conditions of Sale This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publishers prior written consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. All rights reserved.

For my tightly folded bud

Thank yous:
A few very impootment* thankingyous*. Firstness*, the greatportant* Tony Ross, for once again bringing my words to life with your fantmazingillicous* illustrawings*. Thankingyou* too to the head of childrens books at HarperCollins, Ann-Janine Murtagh, for all your beliefmentness* in me and my boovels*. The editor Ruth Alltimes must be thankinged * too for her meticuliffilous* editnessment*. Kate Clarke and Elorine Grant, thankingyou both for your incrediment* cover and text designyness*. The publicimitiousness* for this boovel* was organmented* by Sam White and Geraldine Stroud, thankingyou* ladymen*. Thankingyou* too to the desk editor Lily Morgan. Finallingness*, a hugalumptious* thankingyou * to my agent Paul Stevens at Independent. You are the bestmentiousness*.
* Multiple made-up word and phrase ALERTS

BEWARE. THIS IS A HORROR STORY. WITH QUITE A LOT OF MADE-UP WORDS.

Prologue
Darkness
had come to the town. Strange things

were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow at bedtime, excitedly waiting for the tooth fairy to leave a coin. In the morning they would wake up to find something unspeakable under there. A dead slug. A live spider. Hundreds and hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Or worse. Much worse Someone or something had come into their bedrooms in the hours of darkness, snatched the tooth and left a blood-curdling calling card behind. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it? How could they sneak into childrens

bedrooms without being seen? And what could they possibly want with all those teeth?

Meet the characters in this story:


Miss Root, a dentist

Dad, Alfies dad

Alfie, a boy with rotten teeth

Gabz, a little girl

Fang, her cat

Winnie, a social worker PC Plank, a policeman

Miss Hare, a Science teacher

Raj, a newsagent

Mr Snood, a Drama teacher

Texting Boy, a boy who never stops texting

Mrs Morrissey, an old lady

Mr Grey, a headmaster

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Alfie hated

going to the dentist. As a result the

boys teeth were almost all yellow. The ones that werent yellow were brown. They bore the stains of all the goodies that children love, but dentists hate. Sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate. The teeth that were neither yellow nor brown simply werent there any more. They had fallen out. One had bitten into a toffee and stayed there. Assorted fruit-flavoured chews had

claimed others. This is what young Alfie looked like when he smiled

Demon Dentist

A Simple Case of Toothache

Thats because this twelve-year-old boy hadnt gone to the dentist since he was very little. Alfies last visit was when he was around six. It was a simple case of toothache, but it ended in disaster. The dentist was an ancient man, Mr Erstwhile. Despite his good intentions, Mr Erstwhile should have retired many years before. The dentist looked like a tortoise, an old tortoise at that. He wore glasses so thick they made his eyes appear to be the size of tennis balls. Mr Erstwhile told Alfie the tooth in question was rotten, a filling wouldnt save it and unfortunately he had no option but to take it out. The dentist yanked and yanked and yanked with his huge steel forceps. But the tooth wouldnt come. Mr Erstwhile even rested his foot up on the chair by Alfies head to lever himself against it to help wrench the wretched
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tooth out. Still it wouldnt come. The ancient dentist then enlisted the help of his even older dental nurse. Miss Prig was instructed to hold on to him and tug as hard as she could. Even then the tooth wouldnt come. Soon the hefty receptionist, Miss Veal, was asked to step into the room to help. Miss Veal weighed more than Mr Erstwhile and Miss Prig put together. But even with all her ballast, the tooth wouldnt come.
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Demon Dentist

A Simple Case of Toothache

El pobre Alfie segua muerto de miedo en la Justo entonces el dentista tuvo una gran idea, as que orden a la seorita Prig que le trajera un hilo dental grueso. At con cuidado un extremo del hilo alrededor de las pinzas y con el otro rode el rechoncho cuerpo de la seorita Veal. Luego el dentista orden a su recepcionista rechoncha que saltara por la ventana cuando contara tres. Pero incluso con todo el peso de la seorita Veal tirando del diente del chico, no sali. silla del dentista, as que el seor Erstwhile fue a buscar refuerzos a la sala de espera. La multitud de pacientes que aun esperaban ser visitados fueron llamados para ayudar. Ancianos y jvenes, gordos y delgados, el Viejo dentista necesitaba todo tipo de ayuda. Sin embargo, nadie pudo conseguir quitarle el diente, ni siquiera los ms forzudos pudieron mover el diente de su sitio.

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Demon Dentist Mientras tanto el pobre Alfie estaba sufriendo mucho. El dolor de muelas era cien veces mejor que la tortura de que le sacaran el diente.

A Simple Case of Toothache Aun y as, el seor Erstwhile estaba empeado en terminar lo que haba empezado. Sudando como un cerdo, el dentista bebi un largo trag de enjuague bucal y agarr las pinzas tan fuerte como pudo. Finalmente, despus de lo que haban parecido das, semanas e incluso meses de haber estado estirando el diente, Alfie escuch un ensordecedor CC C C C C C C C CCCCCCCCCCCCRRRRRRRRRRR U U U U U U U U UU U U U U U U U U UNNNNNNNNNN N N N N N N N N N N N N NCCCCCCCC HHHHHHH HH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 25

Demon Dentista El dentista haba agarrado tan fuerte el diente que lo parti en mil pedazos que se esparcieron por la boca de Alfie. Con el calvario finalmente terminado, el seor Erstwhile y todos sus ayudantes yacan todos esparcidos por el suelo.

A Simple Case of Toothache Bien hecho, chicos! anunci, mientras su asistente le ayudaba a ponerse en pie. Oh, ese diente era duro de pelar Entonces Alfie se dio cuenta de algo. Segua teniendo dolor de muelas. El dentista haba sacado la muela equivocada!

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