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Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country.
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...

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19th September '16
Nancybellbookworm read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
 Gangsta granny is a funny book!!! I really really really really really really really really really really really like it.my grandma got it for me. My version had a cd included which meant  me and my brother were able to listen to it in the car as well!! David Williams narrated the story and he is really funny.The story is about ben's granny. she's very much a normal granny........
22nd May '16
Tommyg read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Love this Book, Bens grandma is so awesome!!  I kept laughing out loud through the book. My mum has read it too.

I have also watched it live on stage that was good too.
24th July '17
Dahl class read it themselves aged 7 to 9
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5 stars
My favourite book that I've read this year is Gangsta Granny.I've enjoyed this book because it's really funny Infact it's the best book.I like the bit where they bump into the queen while stealing the crown jewls.In the middle Mr Parker goes into the house while granny was doing her naked yoga!!!

Effie (age 7) 
27th November '18
indi read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I really liked this story, it gave me lots of different emotions! It kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I sat and read it every night, excited to find out what would happen next.
7th December '16
Hermione read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This book is unbelievable. It is about a boy and his grandmother. The boy finds out that his grandmother is actually a gangster. Oh my goodness! This is the best book I've ever read. 
3rd December '18
dynamicTan read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
The book states the boy called Ben has to visit his grandma on Friday evening as his parents are watching dancing on the T.V. .The boy has to visit his grandma. One day they try to steal the Crown Jewels.the grandma dies of cancer.
16th November '18
Aleena read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book is a hilarious and sad book, it's funny when the granny always trumps without having an idea that she does it , and how Ben the main character has to put up with scrabble and cabbage soup every Friday. Another funny moment was when the granny had to do naked yoga!   It's very sad when the granny has to go to hospital, this made me very emotional and I started crying! The characters had amazing roles. The illustrations made the book come to life ! I definitely recommend this book to read!
20th December '16
I read it to joey aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
A really engaging story.  My 6 and 8 year old were gripped and loved the fact that granny was a bit naughty!   
13th February '16
Rose read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book had a great storyline and I was so shocked and surprised to find out that the granny was a gangsta or was she?  Ben thought that spending time with his granny was going to be boring.  This book kept me laughing and giggling and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
31st May '17
Tee9 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I love this book I first watched the film on tv and then I read the book. There are so many things that happen in the story. The main character is Ben. And theres his granny who turns to be very cool, and on an awesome mission. His dad is david walliams. In the story he visits his granny on Fridays and his parents also are practicing and go to strictly come dancing live. I thought it was very funny and have watched it soooo many times on tv now and I am still not bored.
25th October '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Starfish-Mrs T aged 6 to 10
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5 stars
My favourite Walliams book of all time. No-one can imagine the story that unfolds once they begin reading. An unsuspecting grandson and a very daring Gamranny mix together for laugh out loud humour. This is a great book to share with a group of children or just to read with your own child. 
Endless fun throughout. 
14th August '18
Unicornrose read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This was a fantastic book there were very funny pictures 
17th October '17
I read it to Alex0512 aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
When my son read his collection of Roald Dahl we moved onto the David Walliams books and Gangsta Granny was the 2nd book that we read together. 

Ben is a young boy who finds himself shipped off to his Granny's every Friday night to enjoy her Cabbage Soup and games of Scrabble whilst his parents enjoy their favourite Ballroom show Strictly Stars Dancing hosted by his Mum's heartthrob Flavio Flavioli and their dream is for their son to share their love of Ballroom dancing but for Ben he just wants to be a plumber something his parents do not approve of.

Ben is bored of spending his weekends at Granny's until that is, he discovers some jewels hidden in the biscuit tin in the kitchen. Cue the tale of Granny's 'Gangsta' past and her dream heist to steal the Crown Jewels.

This is a lovely story that my son really enjoyed, he liked to try and guess what was going to happen next and often chuckled along at certain points of the book and I could tell he was excited to come to bed each night to hear some more chapters.
26th December '14
Read to a child aged 5
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5 stars
Gangsta Granny was a rip roaring hit with my six year old son, and the book has given him a ferocious appetite for other books by David Walliams. My husband and I jostle for the privilege of reading our son the Walliam's bedtime story - as we both can't wait to find out what happens next and find his style very amusing. When we get to the end of a chapter, my son will automatically start reading the next page out loud by himself - because he is so desperate to read more and he knows we'll let him stay up five minutes more if he reads independently! So the proof is there - David Walliams gets boys reading! This book follows Ben, a boy who is made to frequently stay with who he thinks is the most boring Grandmother ever. All she ever does is play scrabble and eat cabbage soup. Little does he know that she was once actually an International jewel thief, and that all her life she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels. Over the course of the story, we see them develop a relationship while plotting their biggest adventure yet. The bittersweet ending is emotional, but my 6 year old handled it well and took it all in his stride. I very much like the life lessons that Walliam's weaves into all his stories, such as value your elderly grandparents and don't lightly dismiss the lives they live and their past. If you get to know them well, you might just find out great tales of adventure. This book also has oodles of that great Walliam's humour, that just seems to connect with kids instantly. My son LOVED the humour about grannies always eating cabbage, farting lots and 'quacking her way across the room'. He now won't eat cabbage because it makes you fart...apparently! Loved this book and we have 'Ratburger' (Also by Walliams) lined up for Christmas for my son. I would recommend this book for ages 5 plus. It does deal with some tricky topics of cancer and dying...which I see people on other review sites have taken issue with...but I don't think it's a problem at all, it did not upset our 6 year old and he was very understanding of it all. My son and I would thoroughly recommend Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.
21st August '18
I read it to I.A.Holmes aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
A really lovely book. If you enjoy Roald Dahl books then you will enjoy books by David Walliams. This book is really funn in places but has a really powerful message about appreciating the loved ones in your lives who maybe sometimes we overlook. 
2nd November '18
Aleena read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This is a terrific book, with lots of adventure and humour in it. The characters were fabulous, they had an amazing personality which was funny and entertaining. The pictures were illustrated by Tony Ross and they were outstanding. Whilst reading this book I did not want it to end.
19th July '17
Gaby read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I absolutely loved the story of Gangsta Granny although I found it a bit sad towards the end. I laughed out loud at the jokes. I love David Walliams' boosts and this is certainly my favourite. I now wonder if my granny has got a secret....
1st August '18
I read it to CassidyDenness aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
After reading Demon Dentist and being surprised by just how bad it was I almost didn't give another one of David Walliam's books a go. But after being pestered by my youngest I gave in and read Gangsta Granny to her. I'm stunned by how much better this was, well written with a sweet little plot, a nice amount of silliness (Granny not knowing she is constantly blowing off had us laughing every time) and at times it becomes very moving.

If you've never read a book by Walliams then start with this and skip the Demon Dentist. :-)
25th June '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to Callum2010 aged 7 aged 7 & to Gymnastjay aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My favourite David Walliams book! 
27th September '16
Leonjames read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
David Williams is a great author and writes amazing books. I couldn't put this book down I just wanted to read more and more. Gangsta granny is so funny you can't help but laugh. Now iv read it I will let my step mum read it so she can see how good it is 
26th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Amazing adventures book granny is the best granny ever. Carnt say about the end as ill spoil it all i can say is a must read book.
24th March '18
Scatty Noo read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
We started off listening to the Audio book of Gangster Granny but Scarlett decided she would rather read the book! In our conversation about the review in the book we spent along time talking about the end of the book. ********SPOLIER ALERT******** Scarlett got towards the end of the book and I came in to the front room to find her in floods of tears! Unfortunately after Ben and Granny complete their special task Granny passes away from cancer   . Scarlett bless her was mortified! It did, however it did give us an opportunity to sit and talk about being old and that sometimes people become unwell. We talked about what a great life granny had had and how lovely it was that her and Ben were able to have such a close bond.

It was lovely to see the continuation of Raj in the books and how he is tied in with the story line. The book was, as all the other books are HILARIOUS! especially grannie unfortunate trait of letting wind go when she walks.

A great book, probably aimed at children closer to 10 because of the slightly fragile content at the end!
10th July '18
DorfNC read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I read this book when I went to London for a weekend away ! I loved learning about the places I visited and imagining gangsta gran on her mobility scooter! This book made me laugh but was really sad when gangsta gran died. 
18th March '18
I read it to AS100 aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a great book that teaches the things we don't always know about our families.

The story is about Ben and how he hated spending every weekend with his Granny when he thought his parents didn't care about him and were too busy out having fun, only for him to discover that his Granny was much more daring and exciting than he could ever imagine! Thankfully he discovered this before it was too late.

This book is a mix of humour and sadness mixed together and is a heartwarming family read.

We read this book as a family to our 6 year old Son and although he loved it, I would recommend this book for slightly older children (8-12 years) to get the full meaning of the story.
21st September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Wow! This has David Walliams humour throughout. Such a creative story that will have bored kids sitting at their grandmas wondering what secrets she may be hiding! 
15th January '17
Dspirit19 read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
But Gangsta granny. This is another brilliant book wrote by David Walliams. It is about a little boy called Ben who has to go to his gran's every Friday night (which he finds boring.) You would wouldn't you if all you could do was play scrabble and eat cabbage soup!! Whilst Ben's at his grandmas his mum(Linda) and dad(Mike) played by David Walliams go to watch strictly come dancing live, then the start forcing Ben to do a dance show which he doesn't want to do!! But then one Friday Ben changes his mind about his gran forever!!! 
Ben: A young boy who wants to become a plumber when he is older.
Linda: Has an obsession for the strictly come dancing announcer.
Mike: A dad who wants his son to be a dancer!!!
Grandma: She's not you regular old grandma. She has a big secret!!!!

You have got to read it.
Also a movie!!!
25th September '17
I read it to Leonapie aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
One of the funniest book ever which my daughter loved. All the way though I could hear her giggling. It's all about a boy called Ben and his granny who turns out to be a gangster and aims to steal the queens jewels. This will get any child into reading. They won't want to put it down 
27th May '16
Ellie.hoppsta read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Amazing book. Very interesting and funny and perfect for any age! 
29th January '17
I read it to Chloe aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
Bens granny is your ordinary granny, white hair, tissue up her sleeve and smells of cabbage! 
Ben soon learns that his granny is not so ordinary after all and they embark on a huge and hilarious adventure together. This is a fantastically funny book that had us cringing (cabbage soup and squeaky bottoms) and roaring with laughter!!
8th April '16
I read it to Lb44 aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
LB loved the idea of a gansta granny! It took a while for him to start enjoying this book - although the first few pages were funny I think he struggled to imagine where the story might be going. He doesn't love reading and I think there were times he couldn't keep up with the story as it was a bit slow at times but generally he enjoyed it. 
24th January '16
Elliemai read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
i loved the book and i liked a character called Ben.
Ben is very sure that his Gran is the most boring person in the world but he is going to get a shock.   
 Ben is funny and is amazingly smart.
11th September '16
Flutegirl read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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4 stars
This is a great book, full of adventure. Bens mysterious granny will leave you hanging for more! I would recommend this book to anyone!
5th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
I loved this book it kept me wanting to read on and was full of adventure and funny bits.
3rd March '16
Mads1811 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
This book is very funny like all david walliams books. I like that the granny is a gangsta and i like it when they try to steal the crown jewels but they dont.
3rd November '18
Sunshine read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
Kimi loved this story though I was a bit sceptical. What was I reading to a child, stealing jewels!? I had several theorys as to where the story was going but none were correct. Had some factual pieces in that went over the head of a 8yr old & I'm sure lots will now have never heard of Jedward
19th October '17
Elliep123 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book is my favourite book by David Walliams it was really good 
29th October '17
Alfie09 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
I enjoyed this book very much. 
2nd May '17
I read it to ArjanST aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
This is a book about a boy who spends every Friday night with his Granny because his parents want to go ballroom dancing and learns that she isn't so boring after all. The story is engaging and funny but there were times when we felt like the story skipped forward without a flow, so you feel like you had missed a page. It kept our son entertained.
16th January '15
Read to a child aged 7
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4 stars
Me & my little girl loved this book, kept us laughing, smiling & intriqued right to the very end. The age range is 10 but my little one is nrearly seven she loved it.
15th May '17
Oliviathegamer read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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4 stars
This book is so funny i could read it over and over again. (which i have done) Ben's Gran is so funny. I think it is for 4+ and any age could enjoy it. younger years would defiantly like the comedy.
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