Jaygo and I have just finished reading ‘Gangsta Granny,’ by David Walliams.
Its the tale of a twelve year old boy who detests going to visit his sad cabbagey old grandmother until one day he discovers a secret hoard of jewels in her biscuit tin. Where have they come from and why are they there? Suddenly Granny seems a lot more interesting.
Jays likes the book. He likes the part when granny meets the Queen and they discuss Murray mints but disagrees with the idea that ‘Murray Mints’ last for ages. He recommends this book if you aren’t very emotional and doesn’t think the redemption of the parents will last. He also thinks the ending is rubbish. However he did like the book enough to read it twice!
I quite enjoyed reading Gangsta Granny with Jay. Walliams tries to follow a ‘Dahlian’ humour path and almost makes it. I approve of the way tragedy is dealt with by being acknowledged sympathetically but not dwelt on. I like the ending, perhaps I am less cynical then Jay but I do enjoy a happy ending. I found the continual references to a program similar to celebrity dancing TV shows grating and dating. My favorite character is Raj the archetypal grocery store owner. He appears in billionaire boy too. It gives me an excuse to do my awful Indian impression. Lucky Jay.