Pulling off a robbery with Gran

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 February, 2012, 12:00am


Gangsta Granny
David Walliams
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 978 00073714440

David Walliams is one of Britain's funniest TV comedians. He is also fast becoming a popular children's author. He has already sold more than a quarter of a million books in Britain alone.

His third novel, Gangsta Granny, is very funny. Walliams knows how to make youngsters laugh out loud. Adults might not like some of his jokes, but children will love them.

Eleven-year-old Ben really doesn't like his grandma. He finds her annoying and boring. She has white hair, false teeth and bad habits. All she wants to do is play Scrabble and make cabbage soup. Ben dreads Friday nights, when he has to stay with her.

Yet one day Ben finds a biscuit tin stuffed with jewels in his grandma's kitchen. So Granny reveals the truth about her secret life: she was once a famous jewel thief. And she wants to end her career in crime on a high: she wants to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London.

And there you are.

As Ben gets caught up in Granny's latest theft, Walliams keeps the fun coming.

The story is over the top, but youngsters will hoot with laughter as our two bungling burglars break into the Tower. A great surprise awaits them.

Walliam's latest comic tale is also tinged with emotion. There are sad bits as the story comes to an end, and Walliams delivers these well.

Gangsta Granny is charming, funny and surprising. It's a real jewel of a book.