First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2019 HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd, HarperCollins Publishers 1 London Bridge Street London SE1 9GF The HarperCollins website address is: www.harpercollins.co.uk 1 Text copyright © David Walliams 2019 Illustrations copyright © Tony Ross 2019 Cover lettering of author’s name copyright © Quentin Blake 2010 Cover design copyright © HarperCollinsPublishers 2019 All rights reserved. Hardback ISBN 978–0–00–834257–9 Trade Paperback ISBN 978–0–00–834908–0 David Walliams and Tony Ross assert the moral right to be identified as the author and illustrator of the work respectively. Printed and bound in England by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon, CR0 4YY 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 publisher’s prior consent in any form, 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.
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say hello toâ€¦
And a FINGâ€¦
This is the story of a child who had
everything, but still wanted more. Just one more
ometimes perfectly nice parents have children who are monsters.
Meet the Meeks. This is Father, Mr Maurice Meek. As his name
suggests, Mr Meek is a mild-mannered man. He likes to wear socks with his sandals, and would not dare to eat a peach in public. Mr Meek works as a librarian. He loves libraries as
MR MAURICE MEEK
they are quiet, like him. This is a man who wouldnâ€™t say boo to a goose. Or, indeed, any species of bird. This is Mother, Mrs Meredith Meek. She wears her glasses on a chain round her neck.
The most embarrassing moment of her life was when she once sneezed on a bus, and everybody turned round and looked. It will not surprise you to learn that she is also a librarian. Meredith met Maurice at the library . They were both so painfully shy that they never 14
spoke a word to each other for the first ten years of working there. Eventually, across the poetry aisle, Maurice and Meredith fell in love. Some years later, they were married, and some years after that they had a baby girl.
This is their daughter, Myrtle. You might be thinking that nothing could be sweeter than a little baby girl.
the moment she was born, Myrtle was an absolute HORROR. Whatever she was given – dummies, cuddly toys, rubber duckies – the baby demanded more. Myrtle’s first-ever word was “more”, and she uttered it on the very day she was born. It was more milk Baby Myrtle was demanding, even though she had already guzzled a gallon. “More” was a word the infant would say over and over and over again. 16
M O R E! M O R E ! ”
Being Meek by name and meek by nature, Maurice and Meredith didn’t dare stand up to their monster of a child. Whatever Baby Myrtle wanted, Baby Myrtle got. Her parents bought their baby daughter toys and toys and MORE toys, even though she would instantly smash them to pieces. BISH! BASH! BOSH!
M O R E! M O R E !”
As a toddler, they gave their daughter crayons and crayons and MORE crayons. Myrtle would use them to scrawl all over the walls. SCRATCH! Before snapping them in two. SNAP!
M O RE ! M O R E !”
As she grew bigger and bigger and bigger still, Mr and Mrs Meek would feed Myrtle chocolate biscuit after chocolate biscuit after chocolate biscuit. More and more and more. Even though 17
Myrtle would take great delight in spitting the crumbs back in their faces.
! T R PLU MORE!
MO R E !
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