The new children’s book from No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams – an extraordinarily brilliant and rollicking mystery adventure illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross, and the sequel to the much-loved and bestselling Gangsta Granny.
Ben is getting used to life without his beloved granny. She was a cabbage enthusiast, a Scrabble partner… and an international jewel thief known as The Black Cat. Now, only the memory of their extraordinary adventure to steal the Crown Jewels lives on. Then something inexplicable happens. World-famous treasures are stolen in the dead of night and the clues point to none other than The Black Cat? But that’s impossible…?
Expect the unexpected in this wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud adventure, which will have readers on the edge of their seats as they join Ben on his quest to unravel the mystery of the return of The Black Cat.
This first ever sequel from David Walliams will delight new fans, as well as the millions of readers that have loved Gangsta Granny.---from the publisher
368 978-0008262204 Ages 8-12
Keywords: mystery detective spy, sequel, grandmother, humor, adventure, death and dying, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
Ten years ago, we first met 11-year-old Ben in Gangsta Granny who was bored beyond belief when he was made to stay with his grandmother because he thought she was the boringest grandma ever: all she wanted to do was to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben didn't know about his grandma.
1) She was once an international jewel thief known as The Black Cat.
2) All her life, she had been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needed Ben's help…
Now, in this long-awaited sequel, it is a year since Ben lost his Granny and his days as an international jewel thief are over, only the memories live on and he is now dreaming of becoming a plumber. But then something inexplicable happens. World-famous treasures are stolen in the dead of night and the clues point to none other than The Black Cat? But that’s impossible…?
With a bevy of characters from the original as well as some new ones, ranging from a suspicious librarian (who is a relative of Mr Parker, the leader of the neighbourhood watch group who all think that Ben is connected to the robberies) to the Queen (who needs no introduction), Walliams has created his first ever sequel which will not only embrace a new generation of readers, but delight those who remember and loved the original. There is a great message that reminds us that just because somebody has died, it doesn’t mean that they’ve disappeared from your life and your heart. There are all sorts of settings and signs that recall happy times shared and memories are recalled. Despite being 368 pages, it is perfect for young readers as it is liberally illustrated and the typical Walliams' humour carries the story along at a fast clip. Maps and diagrams help the reader understand the setting and the circumstances and all in all, this is a perfect read for the upcoming holidays...
Recommended by: Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, New South Wales AUSTRALIA
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