Our March children's chapter book of the month is Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.
Gangsta Granny is 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…
Gangsta Granny, contains Walliams' trademark blend of hilarity and pathos and even features Ben, the lead character swimming across the Thames with his Grandma. Gangsta Granny is yet another gloriously funny novel cementing Walliams' reputation as the natural successor to Roald Dahl.
What the reviewers think
'Walliams revels in the comic potential of storytelling' The Times, Dec 2009
'David Walliams is fast becoming a writer to be reckoned with' Daily Express, Dec 2010
'Walliams is establishing himself as more than just a celebrity children’s book author' Daily Mail, Dec 2010
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About the author
David began his publishing career at HarperCollins in early 2008 with his debut novel, The Boy in the Dress; followed by Mr Stink in 2009 and Billionaire Boy in 2010. In the beginning, critics perhaps assumed David's move to children's books was part of a 'celebrity trend', but his books have been met with unanimous critical praise, and as they spread round the playground, the children themselves couldn't resist David's charmed approach to story-telling.
In David's short career as a children's author he has sold over a quarter of a million books in the UK alone, with the hardback of Billionaire Boy selling almost 100,000 copies to date. In addition, David won The People's Book Award in 2010 for Mr Stink and has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for both The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink.
Watch David Walliams read from Gangsta Granny
Buy Gangsta Granny here