Gangsta Granny Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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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's new book" – Telegraph Magazine
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Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country. 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...See all Product description
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And of course, it's also hilarious - Mr Spud invents a wildly popular new loo roll (Bum Fresh - wet on one side, dry on the other) and he and his son Joe can light £50 notes on fire, they are that rich. Yet Joe isn't happy - he has everything except the one thing he wants... a friend. Insisting he enrol at a regular comprehensive school as just another schoolboy, he is going to discover just what friendship should be, the power of money, and what's important to him.
It is also, of course, a very funny story, with a surreally disgusting school cook and her 'bat sick' menu, school bullies that nobody can tell apart (despite one being a girl and one a boy), and lots of wonderful lists.
Walliams and Lucas have a ball with the voices in this audio adaptation (unabridged). It's a fantastic story to share with a child - in a classroom or bedroom, talking about buying friendship with money, bullying, love, parents, wanting to be rich - so much to discuss.
Now we've read this, my son is keen to watch the BBC adaptation as well, which we will be doing. Just love the idea of this and Walliams' execution of it.
Being nouveau riche so Joe is bullied and looked down on by the other children at the posh school he attends, and persuades his dad to let him go to the local comprehensive. But will Joe find happiness and friends, or will other things get in the way?
In all this is a good tale that is fun to read and is quite thoughtful, and should do well with children. With manipulation and money grabbers this shows what can happen when you suddenly become very rich. Illustrated throughout we also hear from Raj here and when he was wealthier. One thing is for sure though and that is money does not make you necessarily happy or means you have any really true friends, just those who are after a handout.
However, it became very dark when we realised Granny had cancer and was going to die. We were both in tears, but it gave us the opportunity to discuss illness in older people and death, and to say all the things we could ever need to say.
He was always appreciative of Granpa and me but now even more so - for as long as it lasts....
I would really recommend this book to everyone with 7/8 year olds.
‘Billionaire Boy’ is about a kid whose father’s made millions from inventing a new type of loo roll called ‘Bum Fresh’! (look for it next time you’re in Tesco!) He and his dad live in the lap of luxury and have everything they want – except Joe has everything he needs and wants – except a friend...
The usual hilarious antics ensue as we read about his life whilst Joe seeks what he really wants meeting with comic escapades along the way. (BEWARE of the Grubb twins!!)
As always; Walliams creates hoards of characters that you won’t want to forget and will bring not only a laugh but perhaps even a tear to the eye...
I’ve said this before; it’s a tragedy to say that the David Walliams books are for kids only; I’m well past my childhood but love every single one of them! I have EVERYTHING; the paperbacks, hardbacks, CD books, Gift Editions, DVDs – the lot! Worth their weight in gold and are a tonic for everyone in this dreadful and worrying world we now live in.
Five Stars as always!
This novel is no different in spirit and features as in the other books, a young child, in this case, 11-year-old Ben, an only child who nonetheless feels neglected by his parents. They seem more interested in the celebrity dance competitions on tv than in him. They ship him off periodically on Friday nights with his flatulent cabbage-loving granny, to drive off to spend the night watching the programme ‘live’. Ben thinks granny is boring and resents having to stay with her, but one day he stumbles on her secret past as an international jewel thief and all that changes.
While some bits were a little predictable, this turned out to be one of the more heartwarming stories in the series, not least because of the bond between Ben and his granny. Fans of Walliams’s books will be thrilled to see Raj, the enterprising newsagent, a constant in most of the books as well, and oh, a British royalty makes a cameo appearance as well. Not the strongest I’ve read, but still enjoyable and would likely entertain the young and the young at heart.