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    • 9780007913534
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    • For ages 9 to 11
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    • AR Level: 4.9 Middle years (5.0 points)

Ben is bored beyond belief when he is forced to stay at Granny’s house. She’s the dullest gran on earth: all she does is play Scrabble and eat stinky 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! His life is about to shoot from deathly dull to dangerously crazy as he joins his Gangsta Granny on the run! Funnyman and swimming champ David Walliams returns on top form in his fourth topsy-turvy novel. Expect all your expectations to be turned inside out in this wickedly funny story of unlikely heroes and even more unlikely villains!

“Anyone who thinks that all grannies do is wear mauve, play Scrabble and smell of cabbage will laugh out loud at David Walliams’s new book.” The Telegraph Magazine

“This is possibly David’s funniest book ever.” Heat

“Confirms his reputation as the Roald Dahl of his generation.” Woman’s Way Magazine

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  1. Annabel allotey
    on 22 September 2012

    gangsta granny

    Very funny and adventures if i were you i would buy a copy today

    5 out of 5

Author

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David Walliams

David Walliams is a comedian, writer and actor and is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the hugely popular sketch show Little Britain.

David and Matt met in 1990 at the National Youth Theatre and were brought together by their shared love of Reeves and Mortimer. The pair wrote three bestselling series of Little Britain between 2003 and 2005, and the series spawned both a live stage show and US spin off. They have also starred in other TV and stage productions, including Rock Profile and Come Fly With Me.

David is also well known for his charitable work for Sports Relief, part of Comic Relief. He took up swimming in his youth because he was overweight, and has subsequently completed long distance swims of the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the River Thames, raising millions of pounds for charity!

In 2008 David’s first children’s book The Boy in the Dress was published, illustrated by Quentin Blake. This was followed by Mr Stink in 2009, which won the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award, the inaugural People’s Book Prize and is currently being adapted into a stage musical. Billionaire Boy followed in 2010, and has won several prizes including the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize and the Stockport Book Award. Gangsta Granny was published in 2011 and quickly became of the bestselling children’s books of the year.

David’s next project will be as a judge on the new series of Britain’s Got Talent, alongside Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon.

What kids think

  1. Tots786 on 25 July 2014

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    This was a funny book, yet also silly and unreal.

    4 out of 5

  2. missyc on 3 June 2014

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    Gangsta granny is a very funny book. This gran is no ordinary granny she’s a jewel thief! I mean what kind of granny steals jewels? I also loved there plan to chat up the police man and how to steal the crown jewels.

    5 out of 5

  3. xoluchix on 25 April 2014

    Goldie-113308

    It is a funny heart warming story which I like! There is a clear meaning of the story which is GRANNIES ARE NOT BORING!!! Grans may have a hidden secret that you may not knowxxx

  4. book4 on 19 April 2014

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    i loved the movie and the book my grandma is 78 and she is early old but when i read this book i went to a sweet shop with her an steal all the candies as in we bought the candies and the shop was empty

    4 out of 5

  5. Charlie127 on 15 April 2014

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    I have to be honest, David Walliams is one of my favourite authors of all times, followed by Enid Blyton but Gangsta Granny must be one of them most hilarious children’s books in history, whilst reading this book I couldn’t stop myself from laughing. You have done a fantastic job writing this book David, well done!! :) Carry on writing more books!

  6. maryamdu13 on 7 April 2014

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    this is a good book i am reading this at school and im enjoying it

    4 out of 5

  7. loobyloulou123 on 9 March 2014

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    Wow you have got to be kidding me a gangsta granny really? she will do any thing to get Ben to like her. that is why i love this book.

    5 out of 5

  8. crazykitty on 8 March 2014

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    What I love about this book is at the beginning you are thinking the Gran is so boring bit she turns out to be completely different this is like the saying don’t judge a book by its cover

  9. skulduggerypleasantrules on 8 March 2014

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    I like this book it is quite sad at the end but who cares I like books with happy endings OK but I also like ones with sad ones there just wouldn’t be one without the other y’know? If there wasn’t one you would know what was going to happen and it would be boring so anyway sorry for spoiling it but this one has a sad ending.

  10. Roodieroo on 8 March 2014

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    I really loved this book highly recommend this book great story made me laugh

  11. vanillavelvet on 8 March 2014

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    epic

  12. Rachel124 on 8 March 2014

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    Ben goes to stay at his boring granny’s every Friday. Ben does not like visiting his granny until he finds out she is a gangsta. They go together to the Tower of London to try and steal the Crown Jewels. Bens granny falls ill and ends up in hospital. When she came out of hospital she fell in her kitchen and does not wake up again.

    5 out of 5

  13. zippy123 on 7 March 2014

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    AMAZING!! loved the book and the film :)

  14. wobblybob on 6 March 2014

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    What an upsetting ending, one if I’m honest, I don’t believe should be there, don’t think it suits the book but great book overall. Would recommend to anyone!

  15. jassenhazz99 on 6 March 2014

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    I love this book I find all the books but this has got to one of my favourite books its so funny and I’ve seen the film but the books way better

  16. heart29 on 5 March 2014

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    An absolutely hilarious book !

    3 out of 5

  17. katieyounger12 on 4 March 2014

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    Gangsta granny is the best book I’ve ever read!! It’s about a boy called Ben who has to stay at his granny’s every Friday night but he hates it!! She is so boring and all she eats is cabbage. But it turns out she isn’t that boring. She is actually an international jewel thief! Ben finds out and makes a plan with granny to steal the crown jewels. I have never laughed so hard reading a book! i would definitely give this book 5 stars and recommend it to people age 9-14.

    5 out of 5

  18. Cheerforevers on 4 March 2014

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    this is about a boy called ben who thinks his granny is boring. But every old person has a secret!

  19. moshlinglover06 on 4 March 2014

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    I thought that this book was funny when the man looked through the window

    4 out of 5

  20. wanda1 on 3 March 2014

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    it’s AWESOME !

    5 out of 5

  21. booklover84 on 3 November 2013

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    This book is a very funny novel written by David Williams. I really like when the granny had hidden fake jewels in an empty, old biscuit tin. When the boy opened the tin he was amazed but didn’t tell his cabbage-smelling granny.

    I think I would rate this book five stars.

  22. Chocolatelover10 on 1 July 2013

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    This book is fantastic! This book is full of humour but does carry an emotional message thought it. This book is excellent!

    4 out of 5

  23. batsnrats on 15 May 2013

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    This is the first ever book by David Walliams I read, and let me tell you, it left a fantastic first impression on me. Hilarious but full of action!

  24. elmoodzheer4w on 25 April 2013

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    i have all the david walliam books

    5 out of 5

  25. fluffy07 on 15 March 2013

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    I love it

  26. samcharlie123 on 7 March 2013

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    Really funny book! A great read!

    5 out of 5

  27. Hi23 on 5 March 2013

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    This is the best book ever it is so funny but at the end it is very sad…

  28. ellis8 on 4 March 2013

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    wat an asome book.warmed my heart at the start made me cry at the end

  29. sunshinestar38 on 4 March 2013

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    This book is really funny and adventurous. It has lots of random things there.

    5 out of 5

  30. stewie1027 on 4 March 2013

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    wow is the story true

  31. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog on 4 March 2013

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    This book is hilarious! It’s so cool that it comes with a ‘diamond’ as well. 5/5.

  32. Magicme11 on 20 February 2013

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    Its so cool when they find the Queen.Made me sniffle at the end.

    5 out of 5

  33. Fifi44 on 14 January 2013

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    good but not his best book

    4 out of 5

  34. read-all-about-it on 12 January 2013

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    Its good in fact btilliant really funny except at the end

  35. barney2 on 6 January 2013

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    i loved this book especially cabbagey soup

  36. booklover-2004 on 17 November 2012

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    I love this book its hilarious and it was sad at the eend but i still reccomend it

  37. 2012theyear on 7 November 2012

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    Brilliant. Funny. Hilarious. Amazing. JUST READ IT!

    5 out of 5

  38. Elsiebells on 2 November 2012

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    It is really good at the moment, hopefully it doesn’t get boring

  39. ashaissocool on 29 September 2012

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    This is my fave book by far!!! I love David Walliams’ other books but this one was awesome! I even cried at the end!!!!! I would totally reccomend this book to other people! i read it in a day but i wished it could have lasted longer! If you like this book you will love his other books!

    Ashleigh

    5 out of 5

  40. Feets09 on 28 July 2012

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    Absolutely amazing. So realistic and hilarious. Thanks David Walliams. Amy xx

    5 out of 5

  41. Boofus291 on 28 June 2012

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    This book is amazing it’s funny and its really adventurous,it’s one of those books that take me to a new world entirely!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5

  42. farm2001 on 26 June 2012

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    I like this book because it was funny.

    5 out of 5

  43. Bromdon on 25 June 2012

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    This book is sooooooo funny!

  44. cuddlybunnybobby on 26 May 2012

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    THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREAT FOR BOYS + GIRLS + IT WAS HILLARIAS!

    DAVID WALLIAMS IS THE BEST AUTHOR EVER!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5

  45. purplethunder on 20 May 2012

    Evie-113313

    It was absolutely amzing!

  46. slattery40 on 18 May 2012

    Hayley-113303

    The best book eva! Would recomend for girls and boys age 9+ slattery40

  47. lemonade123 on 12 May 2012

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    I have been watching david walliams on BGT and i think hes hilarious i really need to read this!

  48. shan01047 on 21 April 2012

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    I haven’t quite finished this book yet but it is so funny so far I cant wait to find out what happens next.

    5 out of 5

  49. kylerocks344 on 3 April 2012

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    its dead funny,about a boy called ben who hated his granny til one day he had his cabbage soup at his granny’s house,threw it out the window and got a biscuit…then he noticed jewls!!!

    5 out of 5

  50. Superangel24 on 2 April 2012

    Goldie-113308

    I loved this book. It is a great wonders book of what a thief might admire. Please read this book, it is amazing

    5 out of 5

  51. mrsstyles1907 on 31 March 2012

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    This book is one of the funniest books I have read! It has a fantastic plot and I couldn’t put it down!

  52. millymollymayhem on 23 March 2012

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    a wonderful book with happy and sad moments I highly recommend it!!!

    5 out of 5

  53. bluebasher123 on 10 March 2012

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    this is a very fun and adventurous book its really funny

  54. KarlMagic33 on 7 March 2012

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    I got my friend this book and she really liked it then I bought it and it is really good and funny!

    5 out of 5

  55. smileitsfriday on 5 March 2012

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    I almost wet myself laughing at this! Made me wonder if my granny was a theif! * * * * *!

  56. bluebull100 on 3 March 2012

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    this is really funny and adventurous

  57. sweethart184 on 2 March 2012

    Evie-113313

    a lovely book very funny!!!

  58. supereaderlucy on 2 March 2012

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    its about thisgranny and she a gansta its so cool

    5 out of 5

  59. lids on 2 March 2012

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    this book is brill but the best thing is my dad wwas in the same class with walliams at school

  60. Flissy22 on 1 March 2012

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    i think this is the best one out of them all, also i love all the illustrations in his books too.

  61. indigobeam on 1 March 2012

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    Gangsta Granny just made me laugh. Walliams made it entertaining, yet well written and enjoyable. I would recommend for younger readers who would like to laugh! It has a fantastic plot line, portrayed in the silliest way, yet it manages to work and make a brilliant book!

  62. pawprint2 on 4 February 2012

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    OH MY DOG did I just read a review that said that this book was bad!!!!!!!!!!!I loved this book and it is sad at the end I will say what happens at the end so u don’t have 2 read the whole book…...... LIKE I WOULD RUIN THE BOOK BUY THIS NNNOOOOOWWWW

    Pawprint2

    5 out of 5

  63. Book-Club-Review-Team on 2 February 2012

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    11year old Ben detests staying at his grandma’s bungalow every Friday night. Whilst his mom and his chubby dad go and watch Strictly Dancing,having a good time, all he has is cabbage soup and pie. Although, strangely, unlike his mom and dad Ben hates dancing and all he really cares about is plumbing. Until one day his granny is not so boring after all…

    One night Ben opens up a biscuit tin to find GEMS! Not any old gems but diamonds, sapphires,rubies and emeralds! That night James had lots of things running through his mind such as why does she have them? when did she get them? and most importantly how did she get them?

    What I really like about the book is mainly the illustrations which are very detailed but the story line is great.I like the way it makes you laugh but makes you think about the characters as well.

    The age group is 9+ and both boys and girls.It would be brilliant for something like a book club or a club like that.

    Charlotte, age 9

  64. toniannmappin on 28 January 2012

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    its ok i got it at home

    1 out of 5

  65. crystal01 on 20 January 2012

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    this is a great funny and quite sad book. i really like the bit were they attempt to steal the crown jewels. the saddest bit of the book was when the granny tells ben that she has cancer

    5 out of 5

  66. asjtj on 19 January 2012

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    This book was hilariously funny! Good for boys and girls. Ali.

    5 out of 5

  67. strawberryfairy on 9 January 2012

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    superb funny

    5 out of 5