Title: Grandpa’s Great Escape
Author: David Walliams
Genre: Adventure, action, children’s fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pages: 462 pages
Publication Date: 24th September 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Hi book lovers,
You may or may not know already that I am quite a fan of David Walliams both as a comedian and as a children’s writer. His new novel certainly cemented this belief as he seems to just get better and better. I hope you enjoy my review!
David Walliams’ is back again and he’s at his best. This was a heartfelt, emotional read which still managed to maintain Walliams’ humour, wit and charm. I’ve read all of his books now, apart from his latest, and this is easily up there with the best of them. The way the book handles sensitive topics such as mental deterioration of the elderly through Alzheimer’s and dementia is also exceptional.
Jack’s grandpa is his hero and his daring adventures in the RAF during the war have always been fascinating to him. However, Grandpa still thinks that these adventures are real and that he is currently living in the war. This leads to all sorts of daring, hilarious and entertaining adventures including Grandpa ‘flying’ at the top of a church spire! Though Grandpa is a hero to Jack, his diminishing memory leads to Jack’s parents sending him to a retirement home like no other – Twilight Towers! However, Twilight Towers certainly isn’t all it seems to be…
Unlike his other books, Walliams chooses to set this story during the 1980s. It works flawlessly and his writing is superb, showing Grandpa’s deterioration in a sympathetic and realistic manner whilst remaining a fun and positive novel. To Grandpa, Jack is a Squadron Leader and is the only person who can understand his Grandpa fully and treats him as a hero. I loved the characters and world which Walliams has beautifully and expertly crafted, I’m sure it will instantly intrigue and excite children aged around 7+.
Highly recommend this as it’s fun, engaging and a brilliant adventure! Definitely a must-have book for fans both new and old of the brilliant David Walliams. 5/5 stars!
If you would like to obtain a copy of the book, please do so from your local bookstore. Online alternatives include Amazon UK and Waterstones. These are only a few ideas of places you can get the book from, so please don’t restrict yourself to these!
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