Book Review : Gangsta Granny

By anakdenesor - Februari 08, 2024


Title: Gangsta Granny
Author: David Walliams
First published October 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's books

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

"Gangsta Granny" is a children's novel written by David Walliams, a British author known for his humorous and heartwarming stories. The book, published in 2011, follows the adventures of an eleven-year-old boy named Ben and his unconventional grandmother.

The story revolves around Ben, who initially finds his grandmother's company rather dull and predictable. However, as he spends more time with her, he discovers that she has a secret life as an international jewel thief. The revelation transforms their relationship, and together they embark on a thrilling and comical adventure.

One of the strengths of "Gangsta Granny" is its ability to tackle serious themes, such as loneliness and the generation gap, in a lighthearted and accessible way. David Walliams injects humor into the narrative, making it engaging for young readers. The plot is fast-paced, with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader entertained.

The characters are well-developed, and Walliams successfully captures the essence of the intergenerational bond between Ben and his grandmother. The story also emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating family members, even when they seem eccentric or unconventional.

The book's humor often stems from the absurd situations the characters find themselves in, making it enjoyable for both children and adults. Additionally, Walliams includes touching moments that add depth to the narrative, allowing readers to connect emotionally with the characters.

Overall, "Gangsta Granny" is a delightful and heartwarming read that combines humor with important life lessons. It's a great choice for young readers who enjoy funny and adventurous stories with a meaningful message. David Walliams' storytelling and the book's unique premise make it a standout in children's literature.


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  1. Best la buku ni lepas baca synopsis. Nak suruh anak solehah cari, boleh kongsi baca dengan anak2 sedara lain.

  2. Suka tengok cover dia, boleh kongsi baca sama2 dengan anak buah ni