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Gangsta Granny Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011
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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
David Walliams – comedian, actor and author – continues to take the children’s literary world by storm. His tenth novel, BAD DAD, was an immediate number one, following the triumph of THE MIDNIGHT GANG, the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2, which published in early 2017, spent four weeks at industry number one and eight weeks at the top of the children’s chart. They have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim – and RATBURGER, DEMON DENTIST and AWFUL AUNTIE have all won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.
David’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks in the children’s number-one spot, and have been translated into 53 languages, selling more than 24 million copies worldwide.
Born in London, Tony Ross went to art school in Liverpool. His cartoons have appeared in famous publications the world over. His first book, HUGO AND THE WICKED WINTER, was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! His creations Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series.
David and Tony have worked on six bestselling picture books together, as well as eight of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels – BILLIONAIRE BOY, GANGSTA GRANNY, RATBURGER, DEMON DENTIST, AWFUL AUNTIE, GRANDPA'S GREAT ESCAPE, THE MIDNIGHT GANG and BAD DAD. David and Tony also collaborated on the 2017 World Book Day title, BLOB, and the two blockbuster short story collections, THE WORLD'S WORST CHILDREN and THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2.
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She was able to read the book independently; a few words needed explaining but I do think that it's good to extend a child's vocabulary. It has been a great success. My daughter sits with her to read every night, and she was so impressed with it that I was banned from reading it when I babysat, because she didn't want to miss any part of it. Both of them said they frequently laughed out loud.
I'm in two minds about the ending, however. I think my daughter was more affected by the ending than my granddaughter. Perhaps this was because we had recently experienced the sudden death of my husband. I was told, very matter-of-factly, 'Gangsta granny died. Of cancer. My granddad's dead as well' This totally threw me, but on reflection, it did lead to us discussing some lovely memories. Trying to explain to a 5 year old that her granddad is dead isn't easy and I think this book, as well as being funny, helped to open up conversations.
She has begged for more Walliams' books and I have noted that in some reviews of other works, age inappropriate language/subject matter has been mentioned. By far the overall reviews are extremely positive, however. He has usurped Dahl as her favourite writer. I'm definitely buying her more, but have decided to make a note of any that have the occasional negative comment not to avoid them, but to make sure that my daughter/I am prepared for any discussion.
Now we have the works of David Walliams and I would definitely encourage those children to read his books. They are funny, very descriptive and a joy to read. They are aimed at the wicked sense of humour of children but are just as funny for adults.They carry a subtle message and it is easy to imagine David telling the stories in his cheeky way.
⌘ A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers.
⌘ 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
We are reading a few chapters every evening (they are pretty short) and there is often a cliffhanger meaning that I am bombarded with "one more chapter...pleeeeaaaase".
Fun book with a good story that has captured my children's imagination.
Then the Gran turns out to have a shocking secret, one involving jewel thieving and an unlikely Ninja lifestyle, given her mobility scooter. Well, what is a boy to do but join in the plan to steal the Crown Jewels?
my daughter love this book good buy !
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