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Grandpa's Great Escape

Written by David Walliams

Illustrated by Tony Ross

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LoveReading View on Grandpa's Great Escape

There’s no doubt that this will be at the top of the bestseller lists, at least until Christmas and probably well beyond. In a relatively short time David Walliams has built up a huge following, and it’s easy to see why. Like Dahl, Walliams fills his stories with villainous adults, appealing child protagonists, dark humour, and crazy situations, mixing it all into compelling stories. This story concerns Jack and his grandpa, a former WWII RAF ace, now in the throes of dementia and convinced it’s 1940 (the book is actually set in 1983). ‘Everyone else always saw Grandpa’s condition as a problem,’ says the narrator, ‘For Jack, the way his grandfather’s mind worked was nothing short of magical.’ The adventure they have is magical indeed, involving a Colditz style breakout from an old people’s home, confrontations with various dastardly adults, and a glorious getaway in a Spitfire! Great fun, it’s very moving too, the description of Jack’s relationship with his grandfather very nicely done. The illustrations by Tony Ross – without doubt one of the greatest illustrators for children ever – are superb. A book that deserves its place at the top of the charts. ~ Andrea Reece

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Grandpa's Great Escape Synopsis

The eighth novel from number one bestselling author, David Walliams - now available in paperback!

Jack's Grandpa...wears his slippers to the supermarket, serves up Spam a la Custard for dinner and often doesn't remember Jack's name..but he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day...

An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa - this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart. Illustrated by the award-winning Tony Ross.

Grandpa's Great Escape Press Reviews

PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:

A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale... hilarious - Amanda Craig, The Times

I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics - Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole, Guardian

The new Roald Dahl - Evening Standard

A triumphant mix of wit and warmth - Telegraph Books of the Year

Ridiculously over-the-top and utterly delightful - Spectator

Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air - Sun

David Walliams children's books are now guaranteed bestsellers... watch this fly off the shelves - Daily Mail

Delightfully funny - Metro

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008183424
Publication date: 09/02/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007494019
Publication date: 24/09/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008183424
Publication date: 9th February 2017
Author: David Walliams
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books

About David Walliams

David Walliams is fast becoming a global phenomenon in the world of children’s literature – his ability to wow fans is unprecedented with global sales over 14.1 million. His most recent fiction title, The World’s Worst Children, published on 19th May 2016 sold over 340,000 copies in the UK alone. It went straight to No. 1 on release where it stayed for 4 weeks and also concurred Children’s Books charts, where it stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks. Internationally sales continue to thrive, The World’s Worst Children also went straight to No. 1 in the Australian children’s ...

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