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review 2019-10-03 02:56
GANGSTA GRANNY by David Walliams
Gangsta Granny - David Walliams,Tony Ross
Granny tries to make her life more exciting for her grandson.  Little does he know what he'll be getting involved in. 
I howled at this book.  When Ben finds out his grandmother was an international jewel thief, he looks at her with new eyes.  Then when he gets involved in the biggest heist of all I lost it.  Not only his he totally in with the greatest theft of all but poor Ben has raised his parents expectations of wanting to dance ballroom style which is their favorite thing to watch on TV.  Ben and Granny are wild as they plan and execute those plans.  They have no idea who they will meet and who will aid them with their heist.  Then to be almost undone by a nosy neighbor.  The narrator is very prevalent through the story with hints and asides that are as funny as the story.  You will need a hanky at the end, so be prepared.  You also meet Raj who is also in Demon Dentist.  I love this author.  I cannot wait to pick up another of his books and I know exactly to whom to give this book.
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review 2016-08-20 00:00
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the... The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown - Vaseem Khan A lovely book where the good guys win. Khan's descriptions made me laugh out loud, especially his descriptions of the facial hair of a number of the characters. His descriptions subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, pointed to either the absurdity or the odiousness of a number of the characters. Ganesha is lovely addition to the story and I believe serves as its moral compass.

It's a fun read with Khan managing to successfully juggle the numerous story threads. Thankfully, in resolving them he doesn't feel the need to have them all linked up neatly in the conclusion. Each thread of the story represents its own issues and makes its own fun. The plot is perfectly paced and its twists and turns resembles a carnival at times.

He also managed to illustrate the consequences of the uneven distribution of wealth in society and how it doesn't always coincide with the distribution of kindness and humanity. However he never overplays his hand in this regard.

If you're looking for a more gritty or serious read, it might be best to put it off for another time. But you're ready for a good dose of fun and just a dash of social commentary then you can't go past this. A good fun read.
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