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A hilarious and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames, from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country. “I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay A hilarious and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames, from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country. “I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole 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…


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A hilarious and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames, from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country. “I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay A hilarious and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames, from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country. “I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole 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…

30 review for Gangsta Granny: Limited 10th Anniversary Edition of David Walliams’ Bestselling Children’s Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra is in abeyance on hiatus, just not here much

    Walliams is a clever writer. He hides all sorts of moral lessons (which I usually hate) in his books and always with a light touch. In this book Ben loves his Granny but he thinks she's boring. She cooks disgusting-smelling cabbage soup and plays endless games of Scrabble. But... she has a biscuit tin of shiny jewels, or perhaps they are just glittery glass, only at the end do you find out. And so their joint career as jewel thieves on a mobility scooter attempting to steal the Crown Jewels begi Walliams is a clever writer. He hides all sorts of moral lessons (which I usually hate) in his books and always with a light touch. In this book Ben loves his Granny but he thinks she's boring. She cooks disgusting-smelling cabbage soup and plays endless games of Scrabble. But... she has a biscuit tin of shiny jewels, or perhaps they are just glittery glass, only at the end do you find out. And so their joint career as jewel thieves on a mobility scooter attempting to steal the Crown Jewels begins. They are caught! But the Queen intervenes. She turns out to be quite an interesting lady who gets them off the hook! It's a great story, and actually a better film as Joanna Lumley is a brilliant Queen. She, being above the law, can apply it in the spirit of fairness, rather than with the lack of humanity the police will do when it is an easy job and will bring them kudos. (Walliams is a bit subversive that way). And what we learn is that jewels, or glittery glass have the same ability to bring wonder and happiness. It just depends on your attitude. Life is like that really. A new pair of trainers don't have to be Nike. A third hand car can give you as much pride as a new BMW. And that love, - romantic, of parents, of dancing, just love, makes everything sparkly and interesting whereas without it, it can be kind of grey.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Gangsta Granny, David Walliams Gangsta Granny is a British children's comedy fiction book, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross and published by HarperCollins. Publication date: 27 October 2011. Ben, a boy, hates having to stay with his Granny every Friday because his parents go to see a dancing show named "Strictly Stars Dancing". He finds it boring and repetitive as his Granny always feeds him cabbage-related dishes, most commonly cabbage soup and cabbage chocolate, and they are Gangsta Granny, David Walliams Gangsta Granny is a British children's comedy fiction book, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross and published by HarperCollins. Publication date: 27 October 2011. Ben, a boy, hates having to stay with his Granny every Friday because his parents go to see a dancing show named "Strictly Stars Dancing". He finds it boring and repetitive as his Granny always feeds him cabbage-related dishes, most commonly cabbage soup and cabbage chocolate, and they are constantly playing Scrabble, plus her television hasn't been working since the 1990's. Ben loves plumbing and is a long-term subscriber to the magazine Plumbing Weekly, which he buys every week from Raj's news-agency. Ben's parents disapprove of him being a plumber, as their ambition for their only child was to be a professional ballet dancer like the one they used to watch every Friday. ... عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «مادر بزرگ گانگستر»؛ «ننه ی خلافکار»؛ «مامان بزرگ گانگستر»؛ نویسنده دیوید ویلیامز؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و یکم ماه آوریل سال2014میلادی عنوان: مادر بزرگ گانگستر؛ نویسنده: دیوید ویلیامز؛ مترجم آنیتا یارمحمدی؛ تهران، ویدا، سال1391؛ در130ص؛ شابک9786002910431؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان بریتانیا -سده21م عنوان: ننه ی خلافکار؛ نویسنده دیوید ویلیامز؛ مترجم فرمهر امردوست؛ تهران، حوض نقره، سال1392؛ در120ص؛ شابک9786001942228؛ عنوان: مامان بزرگ گانگستر؛ نویسنده: دیوید ویلیامز؛ مترجم: مریم رفیعی؛ تهران، قطره، سال1393؛ در233ص؛ مصور، شابک9786001197154؛ بن، پسری است که از اینکه باید هر جمعه در نزد مادربزرگ خود بماند، دلخور است، زیرا پدر و مادرش برای دیدن یک نمایش رقص میروند؛ او این موضوع را خسته کننده و تکراری میداند زیرا مادربزرگش همیشه غذاهای مرتبط با کلم، معمولاً سوپ کلم و شکلات کلم را به او میخوراند، و ...؛ نقل نمونه متن: («بن» که روی صندلی پشتی ماشین مچاله شده بود گفت: اما مادربزرگ حوصله آدم رو سر میبره، عصر جمعه یک روز سرد نوامبر بود و می‌رفتند طرف خانه مادربزرگش؛ قرار بود «بن» باز هم آخر هفته‌ اش را آنجا بگذراند؛ دوباره نق زد اصلا همه پیرها حوصله سر برن؛ پدر که ماشین کوچک و قهوه‌ ای را می‌راند، و شکم‌ گنده ‌اش به فرمان چسبیده بود، گفت: در مورد مادربزرگت اینطوری حرف نزن؛ - تنهایی اونجا حوصله ‌ام سر میره! تلویزیونش خرابه و همیشه هم میخواد «اسکربل -بازی با حروف انگلیسی» بازی کنه؛ خونه اش هم همیشه بوی گند کلم میده! مادر گفت: خب بچه این یکیو راست میگه! لباسش همیشه بوی گند کلم میده؛...)؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 30/03/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 26/02/1401هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  3. 5 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    This will be great bed time story for kids. Sadly, I was not reading it to kids.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. McPaulface

    I downloaded this audiobook this weekend purely to have something to listen to on our journey home from our holiday. Having previously enjoyed Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, I figured this book would probably be just as good and an amusing way to pass a few hours on the road. I wasn’t expecting Gangsta Granny to be as good as it turned out to be. This book starts out in the author’s usual style; an updated, slightly ruder, version of Roald Dahl’s much beloved type of tall tale telling. Walliams has b I downloaded this audiobook this weekend purely to have something to listen to on our journey home from our holiday. Having previously enjoyed Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, I figured this book would probably be just as good and an amusing way to pass a few hours on the road. I wasn’t expecting Gangsta Granny to be as good as it turned out to be. This book starts out in the author’s usual style; an updated, slightly ruder, version of Roald Dahl’s much beloved type of tall tale telling. Walliams has been touted as Dahl’s natural successor so often now that I’m getting slightly sick of hearing it but his love of Dahl’s work is undeniable; it oozes from every page. We have a quirky eleven-year-old protagonist in Ben, a boy who dreams of becoming a plumber despite his pushy parents’ star-addled desire for him to become a professional dancer. Ben hides his plumbing magazines under his mattress in much the same way as some young lads used to hide porno mags before the Internet made them almost completely redundant (or so I've heard). Due to his obnoxious parents’ desire to have the night to themselves once per week (so they can watch their celebrity dance shows on the telly) Ben is shipped off to his grandmother’s bungalow every Friday evening. Ben hates spending time with his granny; she’s boring and smells of cabbage. Things change, though, when Ben discovers his boring granny used to be an international jewel thief. His shenanigans with his ‘gangsta granny’ take up the first two acts of the book and they are hilarious. Just when this story had played itself out and I thought the book had come to an end, though, I glanced over at my Audible app and noticed there was almost another hour to go. What on Earth is going to take up the last third of the book? I mused. Well, if you want to know, click on the spoiler below. (view spoiler)[Walliams pulls a mind-scrambler at the beginning of act three of this book. He has the titular granny die of cancer. I know, right? This is supposed to be a kids’ book! Characters that have mainly been played for laughs don’t die of cancer in kids’ books! My wife and I had to pick our jaws up off our laps after hearing this part. I can’t remember the last time I was so genuinely shocked by a kids’ book. The thing is, though, Walliams treats the death of Ben’s grandmother with dignity and respect. He writes about the loss of a beloved relative in a mature, considered and intelligent way. He does it in such a way that I honestly feel would be greatly beneficial for young people to read. If I had children, I’d want them to read this book to help them deal with the inevitable losses they are bound to experience. The writing really is beautiful and, while it deals with a serious topic respectfully, Walliams never completely moves away from humour. The humour in the third act is of a different sort, but it’s still there. (hide spoiler)] My respect for Walliams’ writing skills has tripled since reading this book and I look forward to reading more of his work. Like Roald Dahl, Walliams writes so well adults will enjoy his books just as much as children will. Possibly more, actually.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    This was a fantastic (as always) David Williams book where we discover that Ben's Granny has a fascinating double life and together they save the UK from certain disaster! High comedy and fun and even the Queen herself makes an appearance! Wonderful book for kids over 6! This was a fantastic (as always) David Williams book where we discover that Ben's Granny has a fascinating double life and together they save the UK from certain disaster! High comedy and fun and even the Queen herself makes an appearance! Wonderful book for kids over 6!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    This was my introduction to Walliams, whose books I’d been noticing for quite a while, and I picked this one since the plot sounded great fun (so do many of the others, actually). This is all about eleven-year-old Ben, whose parents are obsessed with a dancing show “Strictly Stars Dancing”, and who want him to take an interest in it as well. No, not just an interest, but they wish he’d turn a contestant and conquer the dancing world on both sides of the pond. But Ben is really interested only in This was my introduction to Walliams, whose books I’d been noticing for quite a while, and I picked this one since the plot sounded great fun (so do many of the others, actually). This is all about eleven-year-old Ben, whose parents are obsessed with a dancing show “Strictly Stars Dancing”, and who want him to take an interest in it as well. No, not just an interest, but they wish he’d turn a contestant and conquer the dancing world on both sides of the pond. But Ben is really interested only in plumbing, and even goes to great lengths to buy plumbing magazines and hide them where his parents can’t find them, not expecting them to encourage him in this pursuit. Anyway, when Ben's parents are watching the show or going to any live event associated with it, Ben is left at his grandma’s (usually every Friday). But he finds poor Granny rather boring because she is your typical old lady with white hair, and false teeth, who unfortunately smells of cabbage (and cooks everything, including cake, with cabbage—there’s even a “recipe”), and only likes to play scrabble with Ben, and read endless gangsta novels. All Ben tries to do when he is at Granny’s is to try and escape, even trying to agree to watching Strictly Stars Dancing with his parents. But all that changes one day to just the reverse when he discovers that his grandma is an international jewel thief—a gangsta granny!!! Now Ben can’t wait to be at Granny to hear all about her adventures when she was young (as he realises to his surprise that all grannies are), and even to try and join her one, perhaps? This book was so cute and so much fun. I loved the plot when I read about it and as much when I read it in execution. The story goes along for a bit as you expect it to, but then also takes a few unexpected turns as well. It has adventure, humour, lots of fun illustrations as well (by Tony Ross) which I really loved as well. It is lighthearted pretty much all through but takes on a slightly more serious note towards the end which is a little bittersweet. Ben is pretty likeable, and his parents are a little crazy but fun too. In poking fun at their obsession with the dancing show, Walliams is also I guess poking fun at his own world (I only discovered that he is a judge on Britain’s Got Talent when I wrote a post about this book some time ago). Granny who might look like your typical grandma turns out surprising in her own way, though what she really wants in life is no different from others in her place. I enjoyed her tales about all her jewel heists in various parts of the world. Another thing I liked about the book is that without being preachy, it is able to deliver an important message as well about age and about the relationship between generations—not just grandparents and grandchildren but parents and children as well. I really enjoyed this a lot. The one complaint I had though was that the humour in some places is somewhat on the crass side which I found off-putting, but not all of it, so it didn’t interfere with my reading too much. This review also appears on my blog at: https://potpourri2015.wordpress.com/2...

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

    ‘Mr Stink’ (2009) and ‘Gangsta Granny’ (2011) – both entertaining and amusing novels from the now very commercially successful pen of David Walliams. Both stories very much influenced by and written in the tradition of Roald Dahl and whilst both stories are good ones, Walliams ultimately lacks the flair, finesse and magic of Dahl at his best. ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Mr Stink’ both have a very contemporary setting (which may swiftly date them and affect their longevity and shelf-life) and both have ‘Mr Stink’ (2009) and ‘Gangsta Granny’ (2011) – both entertaining and amusing novels from the now very commercially successful pen of David Walliams. Both stories very much influenced by and written in the tradition of Roald Dahl and whilst both stories are good ones, Walliams ultimately lacks the flair, finesse and magic of Dahl at his best. ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Mr Stink’ both have a very contemporary setting (which may swiftly date them and affect their longevity and shelf-life) and both have very domestic settings with stories leading to extraordinary turns of event. In Mr Stink, Walliams has created a wonderful character – perfect for the target age range of the majority of his readers and the denouement here is almost Dickensian in nature, however it is ‘Gangsta Granny’ which is the funniest, most effective and surprisingly, the most moving of the two novels. The illustrations in ‘Gangsta Granny’ by Tony Ross are lovely, however they don’t quite compare with those from the wonderful pen of Quentin Blake in ‘Mr Stink’. Both books provide plenty of good solid enjoyable fun, both have been hugely popular and both have spawned TV adaptations – but neither is quite in the same league as those by the great Roald Dahl. Whilst Walliams’ novels are clearly entertaining and accomplished, because they have a style and narratives reminiscent of and in the tradition of Dahl, they were always going to be compared to and suffer by that comparison to Dahls’ classic works.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelina

    This book is about a boy called Ben who thinks his granny is really boring! Little did he know…she was a jewel thief!!! Ben’s Granny is addicted to cabbage soup and she eats it everywhere she goes. Ben and granny go on a jewel quest, to steal the crown jewels…they had to find a mode of transport to get there, and the only options were to go on granny’s mobility scooter down the motorway, and swim down the river Thames to a secret opening to the Tower of London…this book is full of funny moments This book is about a boy called Ben who thinks his granny is really boring! Little did he know…she was a jewel thief!!! Ben’s Granny is addicted to cabbage soup and she eats it everywhere she goes. Ben and granny go on a jewel quest, to steal the crown jewels…they had to find a mode of transport to get there, and the only options were to go on granny’s mobility scooter down the motorway, and swim down the river Thames to a secret opening to the Tower of London…this book is full of funny moments as well as sad. Children are familiar with the setting (London) and really respond well to having a boring Granny turned jewel thief!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    If the other David Walliams novels on my Goodreads to-read list are as stereotypical, as ridiculously (artificially) silly and as lacking in depth and even rudimentary character development as his very much personally annoying and frustrating to and for me Gangasta Granny has in my humble opinion been (and yes, which I did try to at least mildly appreciate for its featured contemporary United Kingdom cultural content but which truly ended up being just so annoyingly on the surface and so tedious If the other David Walliams novels on my Goodreads to-read list are as stereotypical, as ridiculously (artificially) silly and as lacking in depth and even rudimentary character development as his very much personally annoying and frustrating to and for me Gangasta Granny has in my humble opinion been (and yes, which I did try to at least mildly appreciate for its featured contemporary United Kingdom cultural content but which truly ended up being just so annoyingly on the surface and so tediously boring and eye-rollingly frustrating that I had to abandon it, that I chose not to continue reading Gangsta Granny), I will probably have to consider that David Walliams as an author is more than likely absolutely not for me. And while I do realise that I am of course also not the intended audience with regard to Gangsta Granny and likely with David Walliams' oeuvre in general, truth be told, even as a child reader, the on the surface stereotypical silliness and lack of textual depth and nuances that I have found in Gangsta Granny would also and equally have majorly bothered if not actively infuriated me. So of course and naturally, this is also why both my adult reading self and equally my inner child have just not at all enjoyed either David Walliams' writing style or the themes and contents of Gangsta Granny enough to consider spending any more of my precious reading time on and with a novel that I obviously just cannot really stand, that I simply cannot find even remotely readable and with personally relatable and likeable characters. And indeed, the ONLY reason why I am still rating Gangsta Granny with two stars and not with the one star rating I usually tend to reserve for my could not be bothered to finish books is that I do find the contemporary United Kingdom setting of Gangsta Granny interesting but also not really enough so to keep on reading (I mean, I only have a limited amount of reading time and lots of books to read for academic purposes, and thus, if a novel I am trying to read for pleasure just does not work, I now generally do try to cut my reading losses and move on to something else).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ceri

    I read this as a bedtime story over a few nights with my children, aged 5 and 8. 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 both my children 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 som I read this as a bedtime story over a few nights with my children, aged 5 and 8. 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 both my children 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 children (educational opportunity!). We'd certainly try another David Walliams book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura Corna

    Lovely book for young readers: I read it with my daughters. It made me laugh and cry... but it also teaches that every person has got something special if you want to know him/her.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tom Loock

    I do not want to be unfair. This is a book for children. I am not a child, but a grumpy old man. Still, I occasionally read (and very much enjoy) YA novels, I just love funny novels and this is among the bestselling comedy books in the UK these are three valid reasons for curiosity - and there may be other adults like me tempted to try David Walliams. Don't. Maybe I would have fared better, if I liked his TV writing (Little Britain), but I am not a fan of that show at all, finding it either mean s I do not want to be unfair. This is a book for children. I am not a child, but a grumpy old man. Still, I occasionally read (and very much enjoy) YA novels, I just love funny novels and this is among the bestselling comedy books in the UK these are three valid reasons for curiosity - and there may be other adults like me tempted to try David Walliams. Don't. Maybe I would have fared better, if I liked his TV writing (Little Britain), but I am not a fan of that show at all, finding it either mean spirited, exploiting the worst stereotypes or just plain stupid. Sorry. Gangsta Granny suffers from the same problems: It uses the lowest common denominators to gain as wide an audience as possible that it overshoots at those who actually prefer to think for themselves and ask questions. Case in point: Ben's parents are such unlikely caricatures of adults in their obsession with (and reduction to) ballroom dancing, it is painful. And though his grandmother's secret past as a thief might be a funny idea in itself (just not very original), her other persona of 'granny' is such a stereotype it should not have made it past the first editor. To call David Walliams a modern Roald Dahl is very inappropriate.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    “All you can do in this life is follow your dreams. Otherwise you're just wasting your time.” I know Mr.David Walliams from BGT but I did not know that he was a known author until recently, and as I always loved him as a judge: https://youtu.be/oLi1WlgAxFM , I wanted to be the judge here and to check his talents, David... you've got 4 "yeses" or stars for now... If you like your Grandma -and mine is one of my fav people ever- you are sure to like this book, it was funny, educative (pigs almost do N “All you can do in this life is follow your dreams. Otherwise you're just wasting your time.” I know Mr.David Walliams from BGT but I did not know that he was a known author until recently, and as I always loved him as a judge: https://youtu.be/oLi1WlgAxFM , I wanted to be the judge here and to check his talents, David... you've got 4 "yeses" or stars for now... If you like your Grandma -and mine is one of my fav people ever- you are sure to like this book, it was funny, educative (pigs almost do NOT have sweat glands) and emotional and it was a little bit deep too. The cover reminds me of Roald Dahl books and the content was as good too, I also read that some call David the next Roald Dahl and he deserves it, I think I am checking his other works soon. بالمختصر: إذا كنت تحب جدتك فحتما سوف تحب هذا الكتاب

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucija

    This book is just so brilliant and heart breaking. It was such a short read and anyone can read it in two hours. I loved everything in this book and yes I know, it is a childrens book, but still, it was so awesome. I couldn't put it down. So far, it is one of my favorite reads of 2016 and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of David Williams books. This book is just so brilliant and heart breaking. It was such a short read and anyone can read it in two hours. I loved everything in this book and yes I know, it is a childrens book, but still, it was so awesome. I couldn't put it down. So far, it is one of my favorite reads of 2016 and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of David Williams books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a lovely book by David Walliams. 'Gangster Granny' has it all...funny bits...exciting bits..and sad bits. I have just finished reading it with my daughter who is in year 4 and she absolutely loved and couldn't put it down. Its a heart warming story about a boy who discovers that his granny is not just about cabbage and scrabble and is an international jewel thief. Together they plan the world's biggest heist - the Crown Jewels! Their journey in crime is extremely entertaining, especially when What a lovely book by David Walliams. 'Gangster Granny' has it all...funny bits...exciting bits..and sad bits. I have just finished reading it with my daughter who is in year 4 and she absolutely loved and couldn't put it down. Its a heart warming story about a boy who discovers that his granny is not just about cabbage and scrabble and is an international jewel thief. Together they plan the world's biggest heist - the Crown Jewels! Their journey in crime is extremely entertaining, especially when they met the Queen.The language is conversational so it is easy to get swept along in the narrative but sufficiently peppered with vocabulary that could challenge years 3 or 4 in some places. It is a lovely book for not only individual but whole class reading. Walliams handles the issue of granny's death very sensitively. It serves to simplify a child's acceptance of the death of a loved one and can certainly expand any PHSE or RE session if a teacher is sensitive enough to structure a lesson using this story as an opening.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I really should have said no to reading this book, lent to me by an eight year old. It contains some of the lazy kids writing tropes I really dislike - adults whose clear stupidity is marked by their no-hoper working class jobs (because no nail technician ever had capacity for independent thought and critical analysis), overly signalled plot developments, jokes which are just cliches ranked up to 10, and total disdain for believability or coherent world building. it was thankfully, a quick read, I really should have said no to reading this book, lent to me by an eight year old. It contains some of the lazy kids writing tropes I really dislike - adults whose clear stupidity is marked by their no-hoper working class jobs (because no nail technician ever had capacity for independent thought and critical analysis), overly signalled plot developments, jokes which are just cliches ranked up to 10, and total disdain for believability or coherent world building. it was thankfully, a quick read, and the , which attempted to deal somewhat in colours in grey, was a significant improvement on the rest. But anything that gets kids reading, and isn't kinda evil, gets some points. 'Cause after all, who cares about what I think? Eight year old loved it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    This is my all time favourite book. The humour is great. I like it because it has cliffhangers that make you want to read on. The book just hooks you in from the very start. I would recommend this book to people between the ages of 9 and 12.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sanja_Sanjalica

    Warm and occasionally funny,on other occasions absurd, but with a great message. Took me a bit by surprise. I'm still on the fence of how Walliams decided to end the story, it was a bit too much for me, but I can understand the choice. Warm and occasionally funny,on other occasions absurd, but with a great message. Took me a bit by surprise. I'm still on the fence of how Walliams decided to end the story, it was a bit too much for me, but I can understand the choice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Pett

    I adored this book. So laugh-out-loud funny, especially for readers with a passing knowledge of Strictly Come Dancing - the UK version of Dancing with the Stars. Gangsta Granny opens slowly, with eleven-year-old Ben going off for his usual Friday night sleepover at his granny’s house. The wonderful illustrations by Tony Ross in this book picture the typical boring granny; grey hair, thick glasses, mauve cardigan, burgundy slippers. I am not a grandmother and I do not wear mauve. Not often, anywa I adored this book. So laugh-out-loud funny, especially for readers with a passing knowledge of Strictly Come Dancing - the UK version of Dancing with the Stars. Gangsta Granny opens slowly, with eleven-year-old Ben going off for his usual Friday night sleepover at his granny’s house. The wonderful illustrations by Tony Ross in this book picture the typical boring granny; grey hair, thick glasses, mauve cardigan, burgundy slippers. I am not a grandmother and I do not wear mauve. Not often, anyway. Other than that… Ben’s parents ship him off each week to allow them to pander to their ballroom dancing passion – mainly obsession with a celebrity tv dance show. If readers realise that Strictly Stars Dancing is a fictional Strictly Come Dancing, the UK version of Dancing with the Stars, they should get the rest. The take-offs are brilliant, and I imagine Craig Revel-Horwood (snarky judge) is delighted to be renamed Craig Maltezer-Woodward. Anne Widdecombe (former MP and Cabinet Minister) is probably flattered by her portrayal as Dame Rachel Prejudice MP. Was her turn really pre-2011, this book’s published date? Today’s kids will probably get it, but they won’t recognise the stars for much longer, since these people come and go so quickly. Even for non-Strictly fans, the laughter works on every level. Maybe the portrayal of the Queen stalking the corridors of the Tower of London at midnight gave her the courage to join in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies accompanying James Bond to sky-dive into the stadium… Yes, ma’am, you were perfectly (and respectfully) portrayed. With a suitably and agreeably silly plot, vivid descriptions, and cringeworthy characters, it was completely un-put-downable. But it’s also a fast read because there are great illustrations especially to illustrate lists, and also because the font is large and double spaced. It does make it easy to read, although the sentence structure is not geared to an easy reader. I think it will encourage boys to read it regardless.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    2.5 stars, rounded up. The development of the relationship between Gangsta Granny and grandson Ben is well done as Granny becomes a hero in Ben's eyes, and their caper is awfully fun, especially the surprise at the end. Ben's parents as a major disappointment in the novel: stereotypes, and who really watches ballroom dancing on TV? :-) I did not find this as good or funny as Walliams' other books which I have read, especially The Midnight Gang. 2.5 stars, rounded up. The development of the relationship between Gangsta Granny and grandson Ben is well done as Granny becomes a hero in Ben's eyes, and their caper is awfully fun, especially the surprise at the end. Ben's parents as a major disappointment in the novel: stereotypes, and who really watches ballroom dancing on TV? :-) I did not find this as good or funny as Walliams' other books which I have read, especially The Midnight Gang.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Campling

    The book is about an eleven year old boy named Ben who is made to stay at his grandmother's house. The initial relationship between Ben and his grandmother is one which I was able to relate to. By looking at her, you wouldn't be alone in thinking that his grandmother is just like any other; she has white curly hair, false teeth and used tissue stuffed up her sleeve. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage soup. However, there is something that Ben does not know about her. As it turn The book is about an eleven year old boy named Ben who is made to stay at his grandmother's house. The initial relationship between Ben and his grandmother is one which I was able to relate to. By looking at her, you wouldn't be alone in thinking that his grandmother is just like any other; she has white curly hair, false teeth and used tissue stuffed up her sleeve. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage soup. However, there is something that Ben does not know about her. As it turns out, his grandmother is not as boring as he first thought... she is also an international jewel thief and plans to steal the crown jewels! As the story progresses, the relationship between Ben and his grandmother begins to grow. The unbreakable bond between them effectively adds an emotional element to the story that a lot of children will be able to relate to. The book has some very funny moments, describing his grandmother abseiling down the side of a hospital and doing yoga in her knickers, but also has a sad element allowing children to explore different emotions. The changes in the relationship between Ben and his grandmother are extremely moving and show how a special bond can exist between children and their grandparents despite the age gap. There are some moments that may bring tears to the eyes of some children, and they will certainly be looking at their grandparents in a very different light! Additionally, Walliams has effectively enabled children to relate the story through his use of language and humour, making this an ideal book for both independent and dependent reading. I would recommend this story for children in year 5 onwards. Children will be able to relate the relationship between Ben and his grandmother to his or her own relationships, allowing them to make links to their own lives. A fantastic read, with a real Roald Dahl feel!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gitte TotallyBookedBlog

    Read this one to my boys and they LOVED it, as did I!!!! :) ♥

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Hands down one of the best children’s book. The relationship between the granny and her grandson was so precious. The book definitely has a deep meaning and we could all learn something from it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Moushumi Ghosh

    Read this absolutely hilarious book in one sitting! Even if that sitting took me till 3 am in the morning. I must read more of David Walliams! I have only heard of him as a comic. He has that Roald Dahl touch: characters who are larger than life and yet so human. After this book, you cannot look at an Appreciation Society and not laugh! I don't want to give away anything. Just go read him because you love a good laugh! Read this absolutely hilarious book in one sitting! Even if that sitting took me till 3 am in the morning. I must read more of David Walliams! I have only heard of him as a comic. He has that Roald Dahl touch: characters who are larger than life and yet so human. After this book, you cannot look at an Appreciation Society and not laugh! I don't want to give away anything. Just go read him because you love a good laugh!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    David Walliams is a prolific and well known children’s author and I’ve been curious to try one of his books for a while. Gangsta Granny called out to me as the idea of a jewel thief grandma appealed to me. I knocked it down one star as in a few places, I felt the representation of elderly family members could have been better. The ending was sweet, if a little drawn out. However the story of Ben and his Grandma was really heart-warming to read and I can see lots of children enjoying it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vidhya

    David Walliams is a GENIUS! In this lovely tale, he talks about the beautiful relationship of grandchildren with their grandparents. He beautifully weaves a story about the elderly and by the end, you will end up getting mushy and giving your grandparents a call! I’m in awe at how wonderfully he teaches little ones ( and us too) about love and life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aloke

    Upgrading to five stars. It's a hit with the kids and lots of fun to read aloud. Plus Raj!!! Upgrading to five stars. It's a hit with the kids and lots of fun to read aloud. Plus Raj!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kymber

    Gangsta Granny is a really good book, at the beginning of it I wasn't really enjoying it because it was quite strange. As we kept reading the book I started liking it. What I really liked about the book was that Ben gave Granny a chance, and he wasn't so hateful to her anymore. I really enjoyed the ending of the book because Ben expressed how much he cares about his granny and how much he loves her. I would defiantly recommend reading this book. Gangsta Granny is a really good book, at the beginning of it I wasn't really enjoying it because it was quite strange. As we kept reading the book I started liking it. What I really liked about the book was that Ben gave Granny a chance, and he wasn't so hateful to her anymore. I really enjoyed the ending of the book because Ben expressed how much he cares about his granny and how much he loves her. I would defiantly recommend reading this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Beta

    Saw that Bonus wants to read this, so I gave it a whirl. A cabbage eating, Scrabble-playin', rootin-tootin granny with her grandson, Ben, a future ballroom dancer (not) and world class plumber, setting off to make a history-making theft. A fun and fast read which actually choked me up in the end. Sometimes a fun children's book is what's needed to clear out some of the old webs. Saw that Bonus wants to read this, so I gave it a whirl. A cabbage eating, Scrabble-playin', rootin-tootin granny with her grandson, Ben, a future ballroom dancer (not) and world class plumber, setting off to make a history-making theft. A fun and fast read which actually choked me up in the end. Sometimes a fun children's book is what's needed to clear out some of the old webs.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nishil

    It's really good book. Some bits can get sad and emotional. Be aware to people who have not read it. It's really good book. Some bits can get sad and emotional. Be aware to people who have not read it.

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