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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007493959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007493951
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,945 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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I bought for my son, who is almost 10, after he had shown it to me at a school book fair and said they had read an excerpt from it, well, what can I say...I was laughing so much at one chapter I got told off by my son as he couldnt understand what I was saying, I honestly had tears running down my face, mainly because its almost true life. My son has global developmental delay, and is also dyslexic, so classed as a non- reader, but I was really struggling to find a book for his age group that would keep his attention, had a few great illustrations to help him and one that I could enjoy reading to him each night, he had grown out of his other books, (and I had read them so many times was loosing the will to live!) - this book, and have also bought Mr Stink, is just brilliant, for kids and adults alike, there arent many books that can achieve this, and am looking forward to reading them all!!
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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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When I started to read and critique the David Walliams stories, I thought that Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny were good places to start. I was first drawn in by their Roald Dahl connections because the titles reminded me of The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine.

At first glance you may think that Wlalaims might be riffing on George's Marvellous Medicine. However he changes gear and nods to The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World.

I don't intend to give the plot away so I will keep it brief. This story is about a boy named Ben who sees that his grandmother is more than her cabbage-based diet and Scrabble games. When she tells him that she was once a jewel thief, the scales fall from his eyes and the plot gathers pace. Both boy and grandmother plan a jewel heist to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

This makes for a wonderful, madcap and exciting story. However, after reading the book, I noted that I was none too happy with the way the story was presented. For one thing, I felt that the the first half of the book devoted too much time to the parents' obsession with the Strictly Stars Dancing TV show. As such the pace moved too slowly, with too much flab and filler I also felt unhappy that the grandmother's cancer diagnosis and Christmas-period death at the end made the book end abruptly. (Curiously enough, here in Singapore, I was reminded of the death of my grandparents when reading these pages, but thankfully not from cancer.) As such the seams in the plot seemed to want to split. Personally, I would have liked Walliams to focus his story on the jewel heist rather than on the peripheral episodes.
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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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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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I read this as a bedtime story over a few nights with my child, aged 5. Ben thinks his granny is a boring old lady, who only likes playing scrabble and eating cabbage but he's about to find out that he has under appreciated Granny. Could she possibly be a gangster? Or even a gangsta?!

This was a read which my child enjoyed. There were a few gross references, to breaking wind mostly, which are always a winner with children. It's a good book to read aloud, but be prepared to do some voices, because it works much better if you're willing to put some effort into it!

I thought that the writing was along the lines of Roald Dahl, however unlike Dahl's writing there was a moral to this story, which surprised me a little bearing in mind David Walliams' comedy! I would give a word of warning that there is quite a sad event in this book, which may be a little upsetting for more sensitive children.

One aspect of the book I enjoyed was the references to the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels which really interested my child (educational opportunity!). We'd certainly try another David Walliams book.
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