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Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams illus. Tony Ross

October 10, 2015

grandpas escapeGrandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams illus. Tony Ross. Pub. HarperCollins, 2015.

There is no need to say this is another brilliant book for children and will sell millions because it is and it will.

Like the others it is bizaare, funny, simple to read, with identifiable heroes and villains and a socially insightful look at the care for the aged.

Jack loves his grandpa but his dementia is becoming a problem. Grandpa still thinks he is fighting the Battle of Britain in his spitfire and the nazis are still after him. In a way he is correct. Grandpa escapes his digs wanders for days like an escaped prisoner then causes damage to the planes in the War Museum.

Jack pleads for his parents to have grandpa at home, they consent but he escapes again, attracts the attention of the police and is put into Twilight Towers a home for the elderly.

The home is run by Miss Swine and a couple of nurses named Daisy and Blossom who have Love/Hate on their knuckles and spiderweb tattoos on their necks. Grandpa and all the other inmates are confined by keeping them doped to the eyeballs.

Jack and grandpa plot an escape similar to the one from Colditz Castle.

Brilliantly funny.

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