26th December '14
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.