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Publication date27th October 2011
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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 and for The Red House Children’s Book Award 2012. Following in the footsteps of the great Roald Dahl, David Walliams has shown in his previous titles including Mr Stink that he knows how to make his readers laugh! Ben’s granny is really boring; staying with her is a nightmare of eating cabbage, playing Scrabble and being treated like a baby. But then he discovers something rather AMAZING about his dull old gran; she has a biscuit tin full of jewellery including the biggest and most sparkling diamond he has ever seen. Life with a gangsta gran is quite a different thing and soon Ben is off on a wild and hilarious adventure.
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SynopsisGangsta Granny by David Walliams
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 and The Red House Children’s Book Award 2012. A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David Walliams' previous bestsellers. 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!
'In this gem of a book, Walliams balances high comedy with an emotional message.. Buy it for your grandchildren.' - Daily Mail
Praise for Billionaire Boy:
David Walliams is fast becoming a writer to be reckoned with. - Daily Express
The book speaks volumes about children's very basic needs for love and affection. - The Daily Mail
A triumphant mix of wit and warmth - Telegraph Books of the Year
Guaranteed to appeal to youngsters ! Definitely another hit for Walliams. - Express
Praise for Mr Stink:
A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale! Hilarious - Amanda Craig, The Times
Comic genius! A joy for kids both big and small. - Edinburgh Evening News
A funny and very readable book - Financial Times
A joy - Time Out
A delight from start to finish! A new Roald Dahl - The Times
Even adults will find themselves chuckling at this outstanding book. And the illustrations rock! - Heat
About The Author
David Walliams is an English comedian, writer and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile.
In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books.The debut novel, The Boy In The Dress, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide in November 2008. It explores several of the themes of Little Britain from Walliams' own life on an emotional level, such as the camp humour of cross-dressing and effeminacy. The story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy's search for a female role model, his friendship with the popular girl in school, and the ways in which relationships develop along gender lines.
In November 2009 came Mr Stink, again illustrated by Quentin Blake, about a 12-year-old girl who meets a tramp and helps look after him. She keeps him hidden from her family. The book consists of 26 illustrated chapters full of jokes. It is aimed at teenagers and children over 9. The book was awarded the Children's Award in the inaugural People's Book Prize in 2010.
In October 2010 he published his third book Billionaire Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old in the world. Joe has everything he could ever want: his own Formula One racing car, a thousand pairs of trainers, 8 billion pounds, even an orang-utan for a butler, but there is just one thing he really needs: a friend. The book included a 'billion pound note' that was used to enter a competition to win a day as a billionaire in London.
His fourth book, 'Gangsta Granny' was released in October 2011 and again illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Ben who is bored every time he is made to stay at his grandma’s house as all she wants to do is to play board games and eat cabbage soup. But Ben finds out she was once an international jewel thief and all her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and wants Ben to help. Gangsta Granny was shortlisted for The Red House Children’s Book Award 2012 and for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.
In September 2012, Walliams released his fifth novel for children, 'Ratburger' which won the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012. It tells the story of a young girl named Zoe whose life is a misery.
Walliams took up swimming as a youth as his preferred form of exercise, because he was overweight. In 2006, after about 9 months training, he swam the English Channel for the charity Sport Relief and raised about one million pounds.
In September 2011, Walliams swam a 140-mile length of the River Thames in aid of Sport Relief. On the first day of the swim, he experienced a symptom of hypothermia, possibly due to his not wearing a wetsuit. He later encountered severe stomach problems due to the bacteria in the Thames and suffered a torn disc. He swam up to twelve hours a day for eight days and raised a further £1 million for Sport Relief.
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