Author: David Walliams
Illustrated by Tony Ross
9780007516735 | PB | pp. 304 | 2012 | HarperCollins
Ben is made to stay in his grandma’s house. He thinks she very boring. Little does she know that she was once an international jewel thief. Now Gangsta Granny is planning the biggest heist of her life and she needs Ben’s help.
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Gangsta Granny is a story of prejudice and acceptance,filled with funny lists and silly words. 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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About the Contributors
The author – comedian, actor and author – continues to take the children’s literary world by storm. His tenth novel, Bad Dad, was an immediate number one, following the triumph of The Midnight Gang, the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. World’s Worst Children 2, which published in early 2017, spent four weeks at industry number one and eight weeks at the top of the children’s chart. They have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim – and Ratburger, Demon Dentist and Awful Auntie have all won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.
The author’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks in the children’s number-one spot, and have been translated into 53 languages, selling more than 35 million copies worldwide.
The illustrator was born in 1938 in Wandsworth, South London. During World War II, the Ross family moved to Cheshire, and he ended up at the Liverpool Regional College of Art, having abandoned his initial dream of working with horses. He had dreamed of being a cowboy, a jockey, a mounted policeman – anything in fact involving horses! At the age of seventeen, he wrote to John Wayne, offering to make his own way over to the United States if he could just play a part in a western. There was, regrettably, no reply. Tony reckons, however, that it is the Wayne-syndrome, the dazzle of the stage (his father was a conjuror, and his uncles film extras) which makes him love to put on an act in his talking-and-drawing sessions with groups of children.
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