Gangsta Granny

Ben is bored beyond belief when he is forced to stay at Granny’s house. She’s the dullest gran on earth: all she does is play Scrabble and eat stinky 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! His life is about to shoot from deathly dull to dangerously crazy as he joins his Gangsta Granny on the run! Funnyman and swimming champ David Walliams returns on top form in his fourth topsy-turvy novel. Expect all your expectations to be turned inside out in this wickedly funny story of unlikely heroes and even more unlikely villains!

“Anyone who thinks that all grannies do is wear mauve, play Scrabble and smell of cabbage will laugh out loud at David Walliams’s new book.” The Telegraph Magazine

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

“Confirms his reputation as the Roald Dahl of his generation.” Woman’s Way Magazine

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  • loved it

    It’s very interesting and there are lots of moments where you feel very surprised…I love ❤ it!

    18 November 2016

  • This looks amazing want to read it sisters told me it was so good i don,t believe them

    17 September 2016

  • loved it

    I loved reading this book because they are descriptive and funny! I love david walliams books and the movies that he makes afterwards. I have watched half of this book in school. I would aim this at ages 9+

    30 March 2016

  • David Walliams creates a magically believable world in Gangsta Granny, a fantastic story that can be read a million times without becoming bored by anyone with stunning illustrations by Tony Ross.

    Every Friday night, twelve year old Ben is dumped at his tediously dull grandmother’s house for the night, whilst his dance mad parents go on a ‘date night’ to see Strictly Stars Live On Stage. One night though, Ben just can’t stand the cabbage soup and Scrabble after tea any longer and creeps downstairs to phone his parents. What he doesn’t know though is that his grandmother is listening to every whine and grumble he makes about her.

    After this Granny forms a plan to make Ben think that she is an international jewel thief, she tells him all sorts of stories about being a thief, and soon Ben is mixed up in her world.

    The main parts of this story tell of how Ben and his Gangsta Granny steal the Crown Jewels. Some of my favourite aspects of the book include lists, for example in Chapter 8: A Small Wig In A Jar, there is an imaginative and amusing list of the items Ben’s mum has acquired through her love of the famous ballroom dancer, Flavio Flavioli.

    16 March 2016

  • This book is excellent. My dad read this book to me and i really looked foward to hearing what was going to happen.

    i love the part where they go to steal the crown jewels because Ben thought his nan was a Gangsta…. when they get into the tower of London. there are surprised when they hear the Queen of England asking them why are they here.

    22 February 2016

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    David Walliams

    Comedian and writer David Walliams is one of Britain’s bestselling children’s authors


    David Walliams has twice won Children’s Book of the Year at the National Book Awards, for Ratburger and The Demon Dentist, along with many regional prizes including the Sheffield, Doncaster, Stockport and Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Awards.

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