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Grandpa’s Great Escape Paperback – 9 February 2017
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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
About the Author
David Walliams continues to take the literary world by storm. His tenth novel, BAD DAD, was an immediate number one, following the triumph of THE MIDNIGHT GANG, the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2, spent four weeks at industry number one.
David’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks at children’s number one, and have been translated into 53 languages, selling more than 35 million copies worldwide.
Tony Ross was born in London in 1938. He went to art school in Liverpool and has since worked as a typographer for design and advertising agencies. His cartoons have appeared in Punch, Town, Time and Tide and the News of the World. His first book Hugo and the Wicked Winter was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! Two of his creations, Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series.
Tony lives in Wales.
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (9 February 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008183422
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008183424
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 430 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 3.6 x 19.9 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A tad more serious and sobering than that story, we have 12-year-old Jack, grappling with his beloved grandpa’s developing dementia. A World War 2 fly ace with the RAF, Grandpa gets increasingly entrenched in the past, believing the war is still going on, and Jack plays along, to help him cope. Together they get into many (mis)adventures, and Jack fights against all obstacles to try to stop his Grandpa from being sent to an old folks’ home.
While the plot may seem a trifle riotous and at times unbelievable, Jack’s love for his Grandpa shines through, and that relationship is central to the entire book. Characterisation is consistent and one of Walliams’s strong points as a writer is how he makes even the minor characters memorable, and you can imagine them being central characters of a spin-off story. A case in point is Raj, the gregarious corner store owner, who has appeared in all of the series so far, and wondrously funny.