Gangsta Granny

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Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.

A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers.

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…

Product Details






HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

February 22nd, 2013

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 5.0 points

Other details

  • 306 pages



UK edition


David Walliams

Photo of David Walliams


  1. ash
    on 15 October 2014

    gangsta granny

    fun book awsome exciting loving it

    4 out of 5
  2. black cat
    on 12 September 2014

    top noch

    Gangster Granny is epic

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  1. rexredrose
    on 16 October 2022

    soo good I am even going to be gangsta granny for Halloween

  2. disneylover2
    on 9 May 2020

    I like it

  3. Booklover550
    on 13 June 2019

    The first time I read it I didnt finsh it but then I read it and it was okay

    3 out of 5
  4. PlayStation21
    on 15 February 2018

    I liked it because it is very humourous. A boy goes to his granny’s every friday but there’s a secret that he doesn’t know… I thought that the story wasn’t long enough.

    5 out of 5
  5. Champion2
    on 27 November 2017

    I love this book.David Williams is the best!!!:)

    5 out of 5
  6. Anaelsuissa
    on 1 April 2016


    5 out of 5
  7. em3008
    on 28 February 2016

    I thought this book was hilarious and good. I love David Walliams books.

    3 out of 5
  8. BeckyWecky
    on 10 February 2016

    This is a great book as I couldn’t put it down! Who knew that Grannies could be so much fun? Nearly cried at the end though when she died. I would highly recommended this book for people who are looking for an adventure.

    5 out of 5
  9. Sharkmaker543
    on 22 January 2016

    It is so hilerereos but sad to because the granny died on her own bed with her family in her bungalow and that is why I gave it four stars because she died . And she was so funny but I still apsallootly love David Walliams books so much i will never stop reading these lovely David Walliams books but I think they could be a little bit more adventurous and like what is going to happen next.I love David Walliams books.I hope that he will write some more beautiful books .

    4 out of 5
  10. 90loudcloud
    on 19 November 2015

    This book is so cool

    5 out of 5
  11. Kaurj204307
    on 14 May 2015

    This book is really interesting and it is full of stories. I like the part when granny and Ben meet the Queen.

    5 out of 5
  12. ray27
    on 20 April 2015

    Fantastic fab funny a cool book I enjoyed reading it the1st time and have read it over & over again would recommend to anyone

    5 out of 5
  13. montydoggy
    on 31 January 2015

    I quite enjoyed this book so I would give it 4 stars

    4 out of 5
  14. booklover20043
    on 12 November 2014

    I have read this book thousands of times and I think its great!! great adjectives and nouns amazing word play. I cannot believe that their is not a gangsta granny 2 please make one! I think I speak for all the people who have read this when I say its great and if you haven’t read it goooooo read it its amazing. I am going to read a series of David Walliam books they are great please take my word for it

    5 stars

    thanks for reading your sinserly booklover20043

    5 out of 5
  15. coolgirl2331
    on 19 October 2014

    Its really funny

    5 out of 5
  16. DeerLuce
    on 10 October 2014

    It is one of my favourite books because I like funny books and this is one!

    5 out of 5
    on 19 May 2014

    I love this book, its so funny so exciting the movie isn’t as good. I give this book 10 out of 10. {The audiobook is really good as well}.

    5 out of 5
  18. Dollydafodil
    on 16 April 2014

    I loved this book! It was so funny, especially the part when the policeman took them to the River Thames! I totally recommend this book

    5 out of 5
  19. bookdudet
    on 12 March 2014

    its good because it shows u that are not normal

    5 out of 5
  20. bee100xxx
    on 9 March 2014

    David’s parents have left him with his Grandma and she makes him eat cabbage soup! EEUUGGHH!! He is not happy. But something sneaky is going on and as David deeps deeper, he suspects the secret will be more exciting as he first thought!...

    5 out of 5
  21. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    Funny but will be enjoyed by younger readers more.

  22. alibaba4
    on 8 March 2014

    A really funny book

  23. Eymane143
    on 7 March 2014

    I recommend this book for 12s and under and it’s a good one to get your parents to read to you.

    4 out of 5
  24. loverofbooks4ever
    on 7 March 2014

    Its very funny but also kinda sad. I love the intricate descriptions

  25. MaddieandMillie
    on 7 March 2014

    I love the way that Gangsta Granny rides a scooter when trying to steal the crown jewels!!

  26. ElsieJW
    on 6 March 2014

    I found this book very funny and i also enjoyed the film

  27. fantasticmissfox
    on 6 March 2014

    David Walliams has written lots of funny books but I find this really brilliant, even by his standards. You will immediately love it.

  28. bookaholic202
    on 6 March 2014

    This is about the seemingly typical granny who bores her grandson to death. Ben finds his grandma is really a jewel thief and helps her out with stealing the Crown Jewels.

  29. Cal123
    on 6 March 2014

    I love this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry. David Walliams ideas are out of this world!

    5 out of 5
  30. books2000
    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  31. pumkin14
    on 5 March 2014

    Well Gangsta Granny were do we start first of all you’ve proberbly got the idea of what granny is but if you didn’t she is a gangsta with a grandson called Ben once you get your nose into this book your friends will be calling you bookworm but not in a bad way a very good way and once you tell them about what you have read about they willbe a book worm to

    4 out of 5
  32. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    I enjoy this book because it is about a granny who steals diamonds.

    5 out of 5
  33. peddiereddie
    on 5 March 2014

    This book is very sad but also funny when the granny learns to become a gangsta! It’s very emotional and there are clever tactics that they plan thoroughly. The last bit really surprised me! The Queen! :) thank you David Walliams for making yet another book that made me smile.

    5 out of 5
  34. Lilystar1133
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is emotional and funny to me. Its how not Only teenagers can be gangstas but grandmas to! She’s stolen lots of jewels but Only to trick her grandson since he said shes boring (they can be sometimes.) Still, dont under estimate what they can do! You Never know grandma’s!

    5 out of 5
  35. Venera2
    on 4 March 2014

    Gangsta Granny has a grip on you from the beginning to an end. Read it or miss out!

    4 out of 5
  36. MagicSand6125
    on 4 March 2014

    Amazing story line and so well written. Another one of walliam’s amazing creations.

    4 out of 5
  37. Prisoner01
    on 4 March 2014

    I read this book quite a long time ago, but then it came on TV, and I reread it, and loved it just as much as the first time. It’s really funny, but it’s also sad, just like all his other books.

  38. lebbyland27
    on 4 March 2014

    this book is really funny because you would expect a granny to be sitting down on her ’ special ’ chair, drinking a cup of tea and reading a newspaper. but this book is completely the opposite which makes it very funny.

    5 out of 5
  39. Cheerforevers
    on 4 March 2014

    this is about a boy called ben and his granny.

  40. yixuan10
    on 28 February 2014

    they had a plan to steal the crown jewels,naughty

    5 out of 5
  41. boyinthedress
    on 19 February 2014

    I’ve seen the movie on TV, was really good and want to read the book. Anyone who has read the book should see the movie.

  42. Ron512
    on 6 February 2014

    Gangsta Granny…the most popular of David Walliams’ novels. It is written so fabulously that it will be enjoyed by one and all. It has a little of something for everyone.If you want some LOL time, this book’s definitely for you. Starting from a smelly cabbage soup, to stealing the Crown Jewels the book portrays humor, grief, burglary plans and so called “ boring grandmas”. The book is an enjoyable read from its beginning till the end.

  43. masterreader1520
    on 18 January 2014

    It was outstanding and funny and I could not stop laughing. It was brillant

    5 out of 5
  44. sportycassie
    on 11 January 2014

    I loved this book and u would love this book to

  45. miriam19
    on 13 December 2013

    Funny COMDY a Joy to read David Walliams is one of my fav authors I love the book its funny its sad is one of my fav books

    4 out of 5
  46. roseyclo
    on 4 December 2013

    very good.

  47. Watts12
    on 17 November 2013

    David walliams Is a rarely good other I have all his books and like to read then

    5 out of 5
  48. evil-penguin
    on 25 August 2013

    Gangsta Granny is a hilarious book- great for younger readers. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars

    4 out of 5
  49. nicholasthomas123
    on 24 August 2013

    this book is one of my favourite books because there is different emotions in it one minute it makes you smile then at the end it makes you cry

    5 out of 5
  50. samcharlie123
    on 9 March 2013

    Hilariously funny, will make you laugh.

    5 out of 5
  51. pawprint2
    on 6 March 2013

    Soooooo funny