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Bill's New Frock Award-winning

by Anne Fine (author)

Suitable for 0 - 11 years

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One morning, a horrified Bill wakes up in a girl’s body! He is sent to school in a frilly pink frock with fiddly shell buttons, and finds that life is suddenly very different. The school bully whistles at him instead of kicking him, and – not being a ‘big strong boy’ – he isn’t allowed to lift and carry. His schoolwork is supposed to be ultra neat, and (worst of all!) he gets cast in the school play as Lovely Rapunzel, who never gets to say anything! By the time Bill gets home, the pink frock is covered in mud, and – thank goodness – he will never have to wear it again! Written by a former Children’s Laureate, this body-swap tale is a hoot from start to finish.

Product Details

Catalogue number

5431 in Schools Catalogue 2017/18






Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

June 4th, 2007

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.3; Middle years; 2.0 points

Other details
  • 128 pages




Anne Fine

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Anne Fine is a multi award-winning novelist, and was Children’s Laureate from 2001-2003. Her novels range from the wickedly funny Diary of a Killer Cat for young readers, to the provocative_Road of Bones_ for teenage readers.

Speaking about her work, Anne says: “A lot of my work, even for fairly young readers, raises quite serious social issues. I believe that many personal decisions have a social or political resonance, and the way people try to pick their way through tricky family situations interests me. But people won’t (and shouldn’t) read books that don’t hold their interest, and I still adore funny books. So since I write for the reader inside myself, I always end up with the kind of book I would have loved to read (if only someone else had bothered to write for me.”

More about Anne: “When I was young, it never occurred to me that I might be a writer. I think I must have thought that books were born on the library shelves. But I was good at writing stories, and I had a good deal of practice.

At school, I enjoyed languages most, and took French and Spanish, along with History, for A levels. That meant there was no room for English, and so for my whole life I have been able simply to read what I want when I want, and only for pleasure or interest. I suspect that this has been really important for the way I write, making it so much easier to think always of the reader.

I studied Politics and History at University, and the interest in political issues shows up in many of the books. After university I taught in a girls’ secondary school for a year — exhausting! — and then moved with my husband to Oxford, where I worked as an Information Officer for Oxfam. Though I was only in this job for two years, it changed my attitudes to money, to ‘things’, and to what is truly important in life, for ever.

In 1971 my first daughter was born. Unable to get to the library in a snowstorm to change my library books, in desperation I sat down and started to write a novel. Clearly this was the right job for me, for I have never stopped writing for more than a few weeks since.

My husband’s job took us to California, Arizona, Michigan and Canada, where our second daughter was born. In 1981 I returned to Edinburgh, and a few years later moved to County Durham, where I now live quietly in a stone house beside a river with Richard, my partner of fifteen years.”


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  1. Gruffalo 113679

    on 25 February 2016

    I really loved this amazing book because it is so funny! LOL!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  2. Fairy thumb 11

    on 5 May 2014

    It was absolutely funny

    5out of 5
  3. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 15 April 2014

    I read this in year five and it is really funny and I rate it 5 STARS cool funny good I think you should buy this book if you want to hear funny stuff

    5out of 5
  4. Abigail 113288

    on 9 March 2014

    One sunny morning, Bill woke up in a pretty girls body and has to take a frock to school! He cannot lift, play football or be in a cool strong body anymore! How unfair is that! He auditions for the play and hopes to get a manly part, Unlucky for Bill he found himself playing Rapunzel who had no lines, just actions! Can this day get any worse than it already is?...

    5out of 5
  5. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2014

    This book is hilarious!

  6. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 19 November 2013

    good but words missing out

    5out of 5
  7. Default avatar 807810

    on 7 November 2013

    it was ok but there were some words missing out

    4out of 5
  8. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 28 October 2013

    Good book

    3out of 5
  9. Bellasara 113282

    on 16 August 2013

    I did this book in my class and found it good, but it would have been better if I had read it in my own time.

    3out of 5
  10. Avatar owl 761790

    on 30 July 2013

    this book was OK are form in English were studding it for ages but if I read it in my time and didn’t have too study it i would rate it 5 stars :-)

    3out of 5
  11. Pearl 113298

    on 29 June 2013

    can we read them online or have we got o buy them

  12. Avatar bat 761713

    on 15 May 2013

    One word.


  13. Clarice thumb 136

    on 7 April 2013

    This book is hilarious and left me falling off my seat constantly which was hilarious for me and my family!! It’s so unrealistic but some how you believe everything the writer says which is a very good skill in writing, I think!! This book is perfect for 7-13 year olds as it is a perfect book before going to bed! I would recommend this book to anyone though!

    This book is about an ordinary boy called Billie who one day wakes up and has a girls body! He goes into school in a frock which makes his life very different. This leads him into all sorts of adventures…...

  14. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 4 April 2013

    I loved this book! I am in grade 4and this book is in our school textbook and on our reading list so I just had to read it. Since then I am reading a lot of Anne Fine books and my favourites are: The Nag Club, Bill’s New Frock and Diary of a Killer Cat.

    5out of 5
  15. Pearl 113298

    on 6 March 2013

    This book is really funny and exciting :D

  16. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 6 March 2013


  17. Monkey 113537

    on 10 October 2012

    I remember doing this book in yr4… I thought it was cool and funny!!!!!

  18. Pearl 113298

    on 7 June 2012

    I LOVED BILLS NEW FROCK I THINK ITS KINDA SAD BECAUSE HE TERNS INTO A GIRL THEN HIS FRIENDS FLERT AND HE SAYS “NO” he dos’nt want to kiss and snog them so then there mean to him or i should say her then he has a day of misery and embarresing because its sports day and they dont know who he is so he now can’t take part and they make fun of him and say “haha you can’t take part!” so thats why i think its sad but thats my point of view yours may be differnt why dont you or u write about it in your review !!!!1

    4out of 5
  19. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 May 2012

    Amazing book :)

  20. Clarice thumb 136

    on 7 May 2012

    this book is so funny

    5out of 5
  21. Default avatar

    on 20 April 2012

    It was amazing! WOOOOOOOOW!

    5out of 5
  22. Stargirl 113407

    on 6 March 2012

    This is such a funny book – Bill is the only one who seems to think he is a boy and it is touching and makes me laugh as well!

    4out of 5
  23. Bellasara 113282

    on 6 March 2012

    Impossible to put down!

  24. Bellasara 113282

    on 5 March 2012


  25. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2012

    this book is funny and you cant put it down when you’ve started reading!

    5out of 5
  26. Evie 113313

    on 2 March 2012

    a lovely book sooo funny

  27. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    So funny.

    2out of 5
  28. Lion 113522

    on 19 February 2012

    I read this book in primary school, it’s about a boy called bill that turns into a girl when he wakes up, very bizzarre!, it is a amazing read tho.

  29. Default avatar

    on 13 January 2012

    it’s a funny book

  30. Evie 113313

    on 13 August 2011

    i love this book it is sooooooooo funny i’ve read it about 72 times

    5out of 5
  31. Clarice thumb 136

    on 1 August 2011

    Imagine one of the most toughest boys at your school trapped in a frock for the day.Yep.That’s right.Absolute chaos and disaster with hiliarious results.

    Read this book if you enjoy comedy and school life.

    5out of 5
  32. Fairy thumb 11

    on 20 July 2011

    haha loooool sooooooo funni i still haha very funni I dont like it

    Lily or Lucy

  33. Default avatar 807810

    on 11 June 2011

    i love this book because its so funny when mean malcom bulllies bill and he has to carry a bunch of things to the school office for miss bandaraina

  34. Fairy thumb 11

    on 7 April 2011

    I read this book at school, and it is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 10 March 2011

    this book is a great book with loads of laughs

    5out of 5
  36. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    this book looks good i want to read this

  37. Storm 113293

    on 3 March 2011

    I have seen this film and I have read the book and I loved it. It is about a boy called Bill who one day wakes and has become a boy, in the end he relises he should treat girls the way he would treat boys!

    5out of 5
  38. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    this book is very weird

  39. Pearl 113298

    on 3 March 2011

    I think its very funny!

  40. Avatar bear 761721

    on 2 March 2011

    I thought it was very funny imagine waking up as aboy ( if your a girl )

    4out of 5
  41. Jane blonde 113694

    on 1 March 2011

    This book made me laugh so much and I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up all night reading this. I liked it, I’ll give it 4 stars.

    4out of 5
  42. Love stargirl 113412

    on 27 February 2011

    Really funny! I read this with my teacher at school and thought it was hilarious! :)

    4out of 5
  43. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 February 2011

    being honest this book wasnt my cup of tea i found it quite immature and the humour rather dry, (this is in year 3) but the rest of my class thoroughly enjoyed it. personally i would reccommend it to much younger children.

    2out of 5