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Reading for pleasure

Our reading for pleasure journey continues with...

This was voted by the class and we are very excited to start reading it.

What is an illustrator? Why are they important?


About the book

Meet Ben's granny. She's very much your text book granny.

She has white hair

She has false teeth

She has used tissues tucked up her sleeve

And...she's an international jewel thief!


About the author

Already an established national media presence, Walliams had conquered the worlds of comedy, stage and screen including writing and starring in award-winning programmes like Little Britain when in 2008 he turned his talent to fiction, writing his first book for children.


The children's author David Walliams, says his own Grandma inspired him to write his book Gangsta Granny. The character in his book used to be an international jewel thief and has always wanted to steal the Crown Jewels. Her house smells of cabbage and she likes to play scrabble. He says his own granny was funny and liked to tell him stories about when she was a young girl. The book has already been made into a TV programme and it has been made into a theatre play.


Listen to David Walliams in this interview





Can you answer these questions using your VIPERS skills?


Vocabulary - What does the word international mean? 

Infer - Does Gran have any other visitors apart from Ben? How do you know?

Predict - Before you read the book, what do you think the relationship between Ben and gran is like at the story? Do you think it will be different towards the end?

Explain - How does Ben find out that his gran is an international thief?

Retrieve - What did Ben think was going to happen when he was speeding so fast on his bike?

Summarise - What are the main clues that led to Ben to find out that his gran was an international thief?

Our reading for pleasure journey starts with

Just by looking at the front cover, what do you think is happening?

What do you notice about the two characters on the front cover?


Who is the author?

Clive King

Clive King was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1924. When he was young his family moved to a village called Ash, near Sevenoaks in Kent, which is the setting for Stig of the Dump. He went to Downing College, Cambridge, and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He then served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. His service as a sailor and his work as a language teacher took him all over the world. Clive King lived with his family in Norfolk and was a full-time writer. Clive King unfortunately died on the 10th June 2018. 


Have you ever watched the TV series Stig of the Dump?

Stig of the Dump was turned into a TV series in the 1980s. Watch the clip below and make notes of any similarities and differences between the book and the show. 




As you read the text, can you answer these questions on the text using our VIPERS skills?



Vocabulary - What does the word creepers mean? Can you use the text to help you?

Infer - How does Barney feel when he sees the strange men entering his Granmother's house? How do you know?

Prediction - What are Barney and Stig doing on the front cover? What clues can you see that may help you?

Explain - Why was Barney upset when Stig wasn't listening during the hunt?

Retrieve - What did Barney borrow from Stig when Barney and Lou wanted to go to the fancy dress party?

Summarise - Can you pick your favourite chapter and tell someone the main points?


Can you think of any other questions that you can ask?