But not everyone who wear a hoodie is a baddie are they, mummy? – JD, 4
We have mixed feelings about The Great Granny Gang. It’s very well written and illustrated, no doubt about it. And that’s no surprise, given that it’s written by the frankly legendary Judith Kerr, author of such classics as Mog the Forgetful Cat and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
It’s the story behind it that we’re less sure of. In some ways, it’s great as it shows that the older generations are capable, energetic and self-sufficient. But at the same time, it paints a rather dark picture of young people in the form of a criminal gang of hoodies.
The way they’re dealt with is a little questionable too. In their pursuit of justice, the grannies chase the hoodies with weapons including hatchets and a pneumatic drill! Yes, it’s funny and compared to many of Roald Dahl’s books, it’s a teddy bear’s picnic but JD’s at an age now where he likes to look into things and searches for the message behind them, so I’m not sure this book is quite right for him.
Ignore the dodgy social message and it’s a fun tale with gorgeous, pencil-drawn pictures that will transport you back to your own childhood.
The Great Granny Gang is available in hardback from HarperCollins for £12.99. Have you read it? What did you think?
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