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Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

November 10, 2011

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Illus. Tony Ross. Pub. HarperCollins, 2011.

I love David Walliams books and so do lots of other kids at primary and intermediate level. His stories are always wacky, bizaare,  hugely funny but have a strong element of common sense and humanity about them.

Gangsta Granny is the latest and just as off the wall as The Boy in the dress and Billionnaire Boy that are reviewed elsewhere in this blog.

Ben’s parents are obsessed watching Strictly Stars Dancing on the tele but Ben can’t stand it! (I understand how he feels). When they watch it they send Ben to stay with his Granny who is very old, smells of cabbage and is boring.

Ben would rather eat bogeys than go and visit her. When he tells his parents this Granny overhears and is hurt. When Ben finds a tin of jewellery when hunting for chocolate biscuits Granny tells him an amazing story about her early life as a Jewel thief.

Ben is hooked and plots to steal the Crown Jewels the only task that Granny has not done.

Brilliantly funny with a superb ending. Great for relationships between old and young.

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