This book is entertaining, funny and easy to read. Walliams knows what makes readers laugh. His tone is confiding, light and non – judgmental. There is a morality in his books but it unfolds gradually in the course of the narrative. Walliams is aware of how delicious naughtiness is for children.
Ben is often forced to stay at his grandma’s home. He endures her whistling hearing aide, her terrible cooking, her noisy snoring and her love of scrabble. He feels really guilty when he realises his gran knows he thinks her boring.
Desperate for decent food, Ben opens a biscuit tin – to find it full of jewels. It seems that Ben’s grandma was once an international jewel thief and that now she is plotting to steal the Crown Jewels and needs Ben’s help to do this.
Ben decides that maybe old people have more to teach us than we realise…..
Warmly recommended for y 7 – 9 students.
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