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Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
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Gangsta Granny (2011)

by David Walliams

Other authors: Tony Ross (Illustrator)

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Ben is stuck every Friday night with his boring Granny, while is dance obsessed parents go off on their own for date nights. Ben finds Granny unbearably boring... until he discovers that she used to be an international jewel thief. Suddenly she is significantly more interesting. She begins telling him tales of her career, and her one regret: that she never stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
11 year old Bed develops a plan for doing just that, and presents it to his Granny. Eventually she agrees to his plan.

A genuinely funny book, with a real heart to it as well. ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 9, 2017 |
Ben’s parents loved ballroom dancing. They loved it so much that sometimes the little boy began to think that they preferred dancing to him. Every Friday, it was a show night, where a show was performed on stage. This show was called ‘Strictly Stars Dancing’, where a load of dancers were paired up with celebrities and made to move along with the beat. So the ignorant mum and dad, every Friday, would go to the show and watch, clapping excitedly. But they didn’t want Ben to be there - oh no! So they dropped him off at his granny’s, every week, just until Saturday. But Ben was remarkably angry with this. His granny, to him, was dull and boring.
Most people think that every granny is dull and boring. But this particular granny was the most dull and the most boring. She reeked of cabbage, and kept blowing off humongous bursts of the yucky vegetable. All she wanted to do was play Scrabble, and whenever Ben came down to tea, it was always cabbage soup followed by cabbage pie followed by cabbage tart. Poor Granny! She had absolutely no idea that Ben found her so unbelievably boring.
Well, not until one eerie Friday night. Her grandson had just gone to bed, but he did not sleep - that was boring. He waited until he heard Granny’s snores, and then he tiptoed out of his bedroom and released the phone from its set on the landing. Then he dialled his mum, and said to her plainly: “Mum, please, come and get me! Granny’s asleep - but she’s so dull and boring! To eat at dinner time is the same as every Friday! She’s so awfully boring!” but the only reply was the phone being hung up, because neither Mum nor Dad liked Granny either.
But when he hopelessly put down the phone, he heard that Granny’s snores had stopped.
Had she heard everything? Was she deeply upset and offended?
She had to come up with something to make her grandson like her. So the next day, she thought up a brilliant plan; she told Ben that she was a gangster. She made up stories about how, when she was a little girl, she stole rubies and rings, and diamonds and pearls. But she knew full well that there was no way of getting the overwhelming Crown Jewels. Ben, however, thought he did. He had no use of ballroom dancing; he wanted to be a plumber. He had plenty of magazines, all new issues, called ‘Plumbing Weekly’. In one of these it talked about a giant pipe that ran up through the Tower of London. Together, they made up a plan that they would steal the jewels. Up the pipe they would go, swim through the Thames, get the guards drunk, and so on. But who should come along but the Queen!
Find out more by reading this brilliant book... ( )
  LaviniaRossetti | Sep 6, 2016 |
This was really a pretty good book. The kids enjoyed it for a while, but we lost our momentum with the nightly reading toward the end. I thought it was well done, but it veered a little too silly at times. The kids' verdicts at the end.
7-year-old girl: "That was really kind of sad."
4-year-old boy: "Sad and BORING."
I think it deserves slightly higher marks than they gave it, but they're closer to the target audience than I am, so there you go. ( )
  Amelia_Smith | Aug 28, 2016 |
It was really good because it was about a boy who thought that her grandmother was an ordinary old woman, but she was a gangster! ( )
  Mikelodeon | May 12, 2016 |
gangsta granny is so funny ( )
  ap.09.foxton | Apr 15, 2016 |
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Ross, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007371446, Hardcover)

A hilarious and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames, from Sport Relief star and all-round hero David Walliams. "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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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.… (more)

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