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Gangsta Granny

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Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma's house. 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: she was once an international jewel thief and she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels. Now she needs Ben's help.
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published 2011 by HarperCollins Children's books
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This book is about a boy called Ben who thinks his granny is really boring! Little did he know…she was a jewel thief!!! Ben’s Granny is addicted to cabbage soup and she eats it everywhere she goes. Ben and granny go on a jewel quest, to steal the crown jewels…they had to find a mode of transport to get there, and the only options were to go on granny’s mobility scooter down the motorway, and swim down the river Thames to a secret opening to the Tower of London…this book is full of funny moments...more
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Chris Mills
It is easy to see why David Walliams’ books are so popular amongst young people. In the Year 4 class I am in for my teaching placement, all of his books are on the teacher’s book shelf. Having read The Boy in the Dress I thought I would read another Walliams book as I am becoming converted to his humorous narratives.

Gangsta Granny concerns an eleven-year-old boy called Ben, who hates having to stay at his granny’s house every Friday night whilst his parents fulfil their fix of ballroom dancing....more
Hannah Lassey
This was a funny and engaging book which would be great for older children (9+)to read alone and for a teacher or parent to read to younger children.

The book focused on the character of Ben and his relationship with his granny. Ben feels ignored by his parents who are obsessed by a popular dancing competition shown on T.V. Ben is annoyed at having to stay with his granny each Friday as she is a 'typical' granny and smells of cabbage! She even does cabbage farts! However during the story Ben unco...more
Tom Loock
I do not want to be unfair. This is a book for children. I am not a child, but a grumpy old man. Still, I occasionally read (and very much enjoy) YA novels, I just love funny novels and this is among the bestselling comedy books in the UK these are three valid reasons for curiosity - and there may be other adults like me tempted to try David Walliams.


Maybe I would have fared better, if I liked his TV writing (Little Britain), but I am not a fan of that show at all, finding it either mean s...more
Aaron Campling

The book is about an eleven year old boy named Ben who is made to stay at his grandmother's house. The initial relationship between Ben and his grandmother is one which I was able to relate to. By looking at her, you wouldn't be alone in thinking that his grandmother is just like any other; she has white curly hair, false teeth and used tissue stuffed up her sleeve. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage soup. However, there is something that Ben does not know about her. As it turn...more
Ben Phillips
What the book is about:

Written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross, Gangsta Granny tells the story of an 11 year old boy called Ben who is made to visit his ‘boring’ Granny every Friday night by his parents. Ben hates the idea of spending time with his Granny, as all she does is make him play scrabble and eat cabbage soup. That is until Ben discovers that his Granny is really a master jewel thief who uses her mobility scooter as a getaway vehicle!

Even though Ben’s Granny is a master...more
Flynn Oberdries
I read this book because my brother recommended it to me after he read it. e hooked me in when he said that it involved a Granny who was the most wanted jewelry thief in the world.

I put this book in to "My Own Choice" because i had done some planing about all the books i am going to read to get to Merit and i couldn't find one for Gangsta Granny so i put in My Own Choice.

I found Granny the most interesting character for me because Ben her grandson thought she was this boring old granny that made...more
If you like funny and exciting books, this is a book you should read!
This book is written by David Walliams. David is an english actor and writer. David is born in London on 20 august 1971. Since 2012, David has been a judge on the TV show "Britain's got talent". His fourth book is Gangsta Granny.

Ben is an 11-year old boy, who doesn't like to be with his granny because of her old- fashioned house and habits. His parents are at a Ballroom Dancing show every Friday evening. That is the reason why...more
This book is the best and most touching story I've ever read it made me realize that every moment that you spend with your grandma is precious so all the young kids like me treat your grammars like gold.
Alison Dellit
I really should have said no to reading this book, lent to me by an eight year old. It contains some of the lazy kids writing tropes I really dislike - adults whose clear stupidity is marked by their no-hoper working class jobs (because no nail technician ever had capacity for independent thought and critical analysis), overly signalled plot developments, jokes which are just cliches ranked up to 10, and total disdain for believability or coherent world building. it was thankfully, a quick read,...more
Catherine McDonald
Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. 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. She was once an international jewel thief and all her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help… This is a great book that Key Stage Two can enjoy. For world book day a class in my school presented the book to Key Sta...more
Maria Katrina
Gangsta Granny is one of the funniest books I have ever read! Although i' not a big fan of David Walliams, I wasn't sure how he would bring much humor to a book that both children and adults can have a good chuckle at, but he has definitely done it!

Gangsta Granny is about a young boy called Ben who is forced by his parents to stay over his grandmother's house every Friday night so that they could indulge in their addiction to ballroom dancing. He finds it excruciatingly boring to be with his gra...more
Camilla ~ ♥ Sterek ♥ ~
I absolutely love the TV show ’Little Britain’ so when I got the opportunity to read this book, I jumped right on it, even though it could be considered a children’s book.

But hey, since the author is David Walliams (50% of Little Britain), I assumed it would be funny, and I love to laugh, so what’s up?

Gangsta Granny is definitely a kids book, but its also very funny, with lots of ‘naughty’ words, such as bottom and The Queen is a prober gangsta! Ok, that last sentence might not be a ‘naughty w...more
Jessica Hall
Gangsta Granny is a fun and exciting read. It tells the story of Ben, an average boy who hates visiting his boring Granny. Every Friday Ben has to endure a dismal evening at his Granny's, playing copious amounts of scrabble and eating nothing but cabbage soup and other cabbage flavored treats. The conversation is practically non existent and Ben wishes his time away, until his Mum and Dad can come and collect him so that he can go home and read his secret stash of 'Plumbing Weekly' Magazine.

Carli Vallance
Ben is dropped off at Granny’s house every Friday night so that Mum and Dad can go to watch Strictly Stars Dancing. He hates staying with his boring Granny, who only seems to want to play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup, until one day when she reveals her secret past as an international jewel thief! This is a funny but touching story about the evolving relationship between Ben and his Granny as they plot their adventure together: “The greatest jewel heist in the history of the world”.

Initially I...more
Una Kilcoyne
This is a hilarious read by David Walliams. Ben, the main character goes to spend every Friday night with his "boring" granny, or so he thinks. It turns out his Granny is actually rather exciting an leads an adventurous life as an international jewel thief. This book is perfect for independent or guided reading. It's a story that children won't be able to put down and one that will be talked about in the playground long after the reading is over. Walliams uses humour throughout and incorporates...more
The book is centred around an eleven year old boy who is shipped off to his Granny's house every Friday while his parents attend their favourite dancing show which they are both totally obsessed with. Ben hates going to his granny's house because she makes cabbage with every meal and he finds her old and boring. Ben passes the time by reading his favourite plumbing magazines. However things change when Ben discovers some diamonds in his grandmother's kitchen. It so happens that his Granny is a j...more
Charlotte Smith

This book is absolutely hilarious!

The story revolves around a young boy called Ben who is often forced to spend Friday night’s at his Granny’s house when he really does not want to. Ben’s Granny is similar to other grannies - she has white hair, false teeth, tucks tissues up her sleeve, smells of cabbage and plays endless games of scrabble. But when Ben finds out his Granny is an international jewel thief he wants to spend every spare minute with her and their relationship develops into somethi...more
Gangsta Granny is a real tear-jerker. I absolutely love David Walliams books! I loved reading this book but I also really enjoyed the movie. This book is about a boy called Ben and is bored out of his mind when he visits his granny's house, while his parents are out ballroom dancing! When Ben discovers a biscuit tin of priceless jewels, he and his granny are thrust into an adventure to steal the crown jewels. But then Ben discovers the truth. But... is the truth true?
Katherine Dyson
This book is about a Granny and her Grandson who try and steal the Queen’s crown jewels but unfortunately they fail to do so.

Disaster comes forth when the Queen sees them trying to snatch the jewels and tells them off!

The book was a hilarious read that I feel would be appropriate for year three children and above. It is a chapter book so would be ideal to introduce longer stories to children. This book could be used as part of a guided reading session, independently or would be a nice way to end...more
Gangsta Granny is the story of Ben who hates spending Friday nights at his granny's house because she makes him eat a lot of cabbage and play Scrabble with her. Unbeknownst to him, however, his Granny used to be an international jewel thief known as the Black Cat. I decided to read this book by David Walliams mainly because I saw the version they made for TV last Christmas and quite enjoyed it then so was interested to see what the source material was actually like (plus who can resist a title l...more
Neil Warmington
It would be very easy to disregard David Walliams as yet another 'celebrity author', looking to make some extra money or boost his celebrity status by churning out children's books. However, Gangsta Granny is yet another prime example of his talent in providing a heart warming and funny story that is relevant and enjoyable to children.

The story centres around a young boy named Ben who is the subject of pushy parents. Seemingly having no-one else to turn to, Ben is shipped off to his cabbage obse...more
gangsta granny is a grill book Ben hates going to his gramas and is not that keen on his parents who love to dance when Ben is going to his Nana she makes him eat cabbage soup Ben starts to complain and his Nana hears him so she creates a plan Ben starts to like his grama but when she is rushed into hospitable horrible things start to happen Ben ends up having to do a dance in one of his mums costumes for a show because Ben wants to keep the secret this is a b brill book it has got lots of laugh...more
May 09, 2012 Sarah added it
This is the 4th book by comedian David Walliams. It tells the story of Ben who hates going to stay with his granny that is until he finds out she is an international jewel thief...before that though, all they used to do was eat cabbage soup and play scrabble! It's got some funny moments in it, and as the story goes on it shows the changing relationship between Ben and his granny. expect a couple of sad bits too!! recommened for yr 6 children.
Bibek Thapa
Gangsta Granny was a fun, easy read. I loved the message in the story.

The Granny is a tough one

Granny approached Mr Parker, who was standing hatless in her drive.

“If ever you need to borrow a packet of sugar…” she said kindly.

“Yes…” said Mr Parker.

“Don’t knock on my door or I will shove that bag of sugar up your backside,” said Granny with a sweet smile.

Full review to come...
Andy Mercer
‘Gangsta Granny’ is an extremely funny adventure, which actually hides a story with deeper meaning. The language is reasonably straightforward and clearly written for a young audience and yet it manages to introduce ideas that are clearly intended to model positive behavior and discipline as well as ideas of tolerance and unraveling preconceptions.
However, there is a point, which the story does bring the reader crashing back to reality that could perhaps, been handled more sensitively. I would s...more
I read this book as part of the School Spellbinding challenge 2014.

I really enjoyed reading this book as there were funny parts. They were when Ben's Granny kept farting and it sounded like a duck quacking, the different outfits Ben tried on for the competition and The Queen showing off her union jack knickers to the country.

I would tell my friends to read this book because it is very funny and you get stuck into the story.

The only thing I would say is I think that David could have left the stor...more
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DAVID WALLIAMS is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl.
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