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Grandpa's Great Escape

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Grandpa's Great Escape

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David Walliams, hailed as "the heir to Roald Dahl" by The Spectator, burst onto the American scene with the New York Times bestseller Demon Dentist. Now the UK's #1 bestselling children's author is back with this high-flying adventure about a boy and his grandfather, perfect for fans of Jeff Kinney and Rachel Renee Russell.

Grandpa is Jack's favorite person in the world. It doesn't matter that he wears his slippers to the supermarket, serves Spam a la Custard for dinner, and often doesn't remember Jack's name. But then Grandpa starts to believe he's back in World War II, when he was a Spitfire fighter pilot, and he's sent to live in an old folk's home run by the sinister Matron Swine. Now it's up to Jack to help Grandpa plot a daring escape!

David Walliams, hailed as "the heir to Roald Dahl" by The Spectator, burst onto the American scene with the New York Times bestseller Demon Dentist. Now the UK's #1 bestselling children's author is back with this high-flying adventure about a boy and his grandfather, perfect for fans of Jeff Kinney and Rachel Renee Russell.

Grandpa is Jack's favorite person in the world. It doesn't matter that he wears his slippers to the supermarket, serves Spam a la Custard for dinner, and often doesn't remember Jack's name. But then Grandpa starts to believe he's back in World War II, when he was a Spitfire fighter pilot, and he's sent to live in an old folk's home run by the sinister Matron Swine. Now it's up to Jack to help Grandpa plot a daring escape!

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About the Author-
  • David Walliams has taken the children's literary world by storm. His critically acclaimed novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages. David's books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim—with many reviewers comparing him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl. In addition to being a bestselling author, David is an actor, comedian, and television personality. He lives in the UK.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 28, 2016
    It’s 1983, but Jack’s grandfather, whose memory is failing, believes that the year is 1940, when he was a decorated RAF pilot serving in WWII. Unlike his worried parents, 12-year-old Jack views the workings of Grandpa’s mind as “nothing short of magical,” is spellbound by the man’s wartime tales, and eagerly plays “Squadron Leader” to Grandpa’s “Wing Commander” as they outwit enemy aircraft from their armchair cockpits. Knowing that “You had to enter Grandpa’s world to get through to him,” Jack uses military lingo to talk his grandfather down from a church spire, remove him from a museum’s fighter plane, and help him escape the nightmarish Twilight Towers home for the elderly (motto: “Caring for your unwanted old folk”). Ross’s energetic drawings and some playful use of typography bring additional drama and humor to the story. As in Walliams’s Demon Dentist, the adult characters are of the bumbling sort—such as Miss Swine, the diabolical matron of Twilight Towers, and a pair of detectives, Beef and Bone—and the story’s comedy is nicely counterbalanced by the poignant bond between Jack and Grandpa. Ages 8–12.

  • Kirkus Reviews PRAISE IN THE USA FOR GRANDPA'S GREAT ESCAPE:
    "A realistic and touching relationship. Ample illustrations from the always splendid Ross will keep the pages in this plump volume turning. A Dahl-esque tale."
  • School Library Journal "While the irreverent wit will keep readers engaged, the surprising tenderness in the relationship between Jack and his ailing grandfather is what makes this book truly shine. A darkly humorous tale with a surprising amount of heart."
  • Publishers Weekly "The comedy is nicely counterbalanced by the poignant bond between Jack and Grandpa. Ross's energetic drawings and some playful use of typography bring additional drama and humor to the story."
  • ALA Booklist "A pleaser for fans of similar escapades engineered by the likes of Roald Dahl or Frank Cotrell-Boyce. Walliams, already popular in the UK, is a best-seller this side of the pond as well, and this caper promises to be no different."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "The ultimate emphasis on loving people where you find them, as Jack does when he accepts his role as squadron leader rather than grandson, is poignant and well conveyed, even amid the cheeky humor."
  • Kirkus Reviews PRAISE IN THE USA FOR DEMON DENTIST:
    "A Brit-flavored romp that combines moments of intense terror and bracing courage with biting satire."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "A Dahl-esque mix of humor and horror that will appeal to fans of both."
  • Wall Street Journal "A goofy, gory, outlandish tale of deep evil and terrible tooth-rot—and sweetness of heart. Kids who enjoy humorous gross-out horror will definitely want to book an appointment of their own with the Demon Dentist."
  • School Library Journal "Dahl-esque in the extreme...Frenetic humor for middle grade fans of the funny and fearsome."
  • The Spectator UK PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
    "No one has any business being as talented as David Walliams. He is the heir to Roald Dahl—and that's saying a lot."
  • Heat Magazine "Further proof that Walliams has become a master storyteller. Walliams manages to infuse his novels with genuine wit and sly commentary."
  • Evening Standard "A great comic tale—Walliams is a natural wit."
  • The Guardian "Walliams's books will become classics."
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