The Great Granny Gang Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape the Nazis. They arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. There she met her husband Nigel Kneale and they had two children together; Judith wrote ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ for them, which has gone on to become a much-loved classic, I print for over forty years. She was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to children’s literature and holocaust education, and celebrates her 90th birthday in 2013.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I like the idea of grannies being brave and capable; somehow this story didn’t hold the attention of my listener’s in the same way as other books by her. My niece liked the pastel illustrations and the way the grannies fought the baddies, but it has not been one of her most requested stories.
The first big problem with this book is the awful rhyming couplets used. This is not the usual writing style of Kerr and one can only assume that she was trying to emulate the skills of Donaldson who has obviously been outselling everything. All Kerr has proved is that Donaldson is obviously a much mo talented wordsmith. The words used in this book a forced in to somehow make the story fit, but it's all awkward and often not appropriate for children learning the English language.
However, the biggest problem with this book, and the reason that it should never have made it to print is the shameful classism that runs through the story. It is truly unbelievable. I'm not sure I blame Kerr for this, she lives a comfortable life and is of an age that is slightly disconnected from teenagers and young adults. Harper Collins however should have no excuses, they should have picked up on this straight away and dealt with it.
It is simply unacceptable use the word 'hoodies' to mean criminals. Branding every teenager, young or old adult in a hoody as living a life of crime. An item of clothing does not make you a criminal and teaching young children that it does is wrong.
Not perha[ps as good as Judith Kerr's other books, ie Mog.
But a good read with lots of pictures to look at.
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My granddaughter who is 4 is going to love this book. She is very very smart.Published 5 months ago by Patreesha
Great book for my 4yr old boy, pictures and text very readable and very funny indeed! Made us all laugh out loud!Published 6 months ago by MR J L
Beautifully written and illustrated book I'm pleased I found it and can't wait to read it to get grandchildren
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My boys (2 and 3 years old) simply love it. We have had the book for about 4 months and we have to read it every second day. Fantastic!Published 16 months ago by Irena Herynkova
Beautiful illustration but a little bit boring. Not so good as 'The tiger who came to tea' by the same author. I expected more.Published 18 months ago by Anna Koleva