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Gangsta Granny [Hardcover]

David Walliams
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Book Description

27 Oct 2011

A hilarious and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames, from from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.

“I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole

Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma.

1) She was once an international jewel thief.

2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007371446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007371440
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,081 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since beginning his publishing career in 2008 David Walliams has taken the children's literary world by storm. His fifth, most recent book RATBURGER, published in September 2012 and immediately went to number 1 in the children's bestseller chart. Prior to this, his 2011 title, GANGSTA GRANNY also went straight to the top of the Children's Book Chart going on to sell over 300,000 hardback copies. David is currently the fastest growing Children's author in the UK. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and have collectively sold over one million copies in the UK alone. Walliams' books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and it comes as no surprise that countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.

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"An enjoyable read with an unexpected bittersweet ending" – The Sun

"Hugely entertaining… a comic, touching and at times sad story” – Daily Express

“This is possibly David’s funniest book ever.” – Heat

"Anyone who thinks that all grannies do is wear mauve…will laugh out loud at David Walliams' new book" – Telegraph Magazine

About the Author

Since 2008 David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His most recent book RATBURGER, immediately went to no.1 in the children’s chart, while the PB of his previous title, GANGSTA GRANNY, currently dominates the UK charts and has sold over 100,000 PBs on top of 370,000+ HBs and 36,000 ebooks (Bookscan July 2013). Today, David is the fastest growing Children’s author in the UK. His books have been translated into 30+ languages and sold over 2 million copies in the UK alone.

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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good as Roald Dahl. 21 Nov 2011
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This is a great story. I really like Walliams's work for children, and I am very impressed that a man with no children (yet) is able to really "get" what children like and what they laugh at. All his stories seem to have a slightly maudlin quality at some point, which is a bit cringe-worthy, but this is a great story for the 6 to 10 year old range, and so are all the others he has written. I recommend the audio-books because Walliams reads his own work really well. We are now hoping that he writes a story specifically about Raj the marvellous shopkeeper who pops up in all the books.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gansta Ganny 19 Nov 2011
Another SUCCESS for David Walliams. Perfect to engage those readers who hate reading. My Class have been caught, 'hook line and sinker' with his books. Ideal for guided reading and audio listening skills in class. My whole class are now looking forward to the next book by David Walliams because they are so caught up with this author's way of writing that captures young minds instantly and is a 110% encouragement to read. Recommended to all class teachers for english and guided reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding book - halarious read 27 Jan 2014
Gangsta Granny is the perfect book if you want a laugh. The book grabs my attention so i can not put it down. I couldn't wait to read the next David Walliams book. I am 10 years old but i have enjoyed thease books since I was 9
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cracker 27 Oct 2011
Great book for my 12 year old Grandson, he thinks his Nan is the best!Good stocking filler, viewed David Williams on Jonathon Ross show when he read a short preview, and decided there & then to Purchase Gansta Granny as soon as it came out, when he's read it I think I might borrow it.Great Author.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangsta "brilliant" Granny 6 Nov 2011
By jgreenk
Format:Kindle Edition
this was a brilliant book the had my sides splitting and then my tears rolling (both of these not litretly) david waliams books are the only books that actually make me laugh out loud.
verdict: wonderfull book.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiced-up Story 8 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My first recognition of David Walliams was as a comedy actor on TV, then I was very impressed by his cross-channel swim, and by his increasing involvement in other physical events and support of charities. I can now add to my admiration the writing of children's books - after a sneak read of `Gangsta Granny' which is to be a Christmas stocking-filler for one of my grandchildren. It is most attractively presented with superb dustwrapper, endpapers (hardback) and illustrations, and inside the same techniques of spoofs and caricature are evident as in `Little Britain' for which David Walliams was a co-writer.

`Gangsta Granny' is essentially an outrageously funny story, but it is spiced-up with emotion and poignancy and there is sympathetic consideration of the elderly, illness and death. Behind a storyline appealing to children with straightforward language and dialogue there are personal interjections by the author to influence behaviour - not least to encourage readership, but also dealing with preconceptions and intolerance, and the bringing about of transformation of attitudes and relationships. However narrative skilfully avoids preaching, and with up to date references to TV programs and personalities it remains a slapstick story for kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangsta Granny 2 May 2014
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My son & I love this book! He was initially against the idea of David Walliams as he had been reading Jane Johnson books. But after the first chapter he's hooked.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. 13 July 2012
Outstanding. This book is incredible. It is funny, adventurous, full of action and has loads of mystery. It is hard to put it down.

There is one cliff-hanger after another and unexpected events throughout; you can't get enough. Why get four different types of books when you can get an all-in-one?

The main characters in this book are Ben and his Granny. Ben dreads staying with his Granny every Friday night. Then accidentally he finds out his Granny has a dark secret. A dark secret that he is now part of... the biggest, most daring crime ever.

This book has amazing description and incredible character development. It is just long enough that you get into the book; but short enough that you don't get bored.

My only criticism is that it takes a bit of time to get into the story. The book takes your mind on all sorts of adventures.

By Jacob
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Published 5 days ago by A. W. Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book just like all his other books David Walliams!!!!!!!...
I would read this book over and over again as many times as I could.
I would recommend this book for 7+ because it would be too hard to read for 6 and below. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nell Daisy Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10
I loved this book it made me laugh,it made me cry and it also makes me think, that the elderly people aren't that boring afterall
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This book is hilarious yet heart warming. Some parts had me in hysterics and some bought tears to my eyes I recommend this to age 7 and up

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