Jo Simmons knows how to write laugh-out-loud fiction and her latest title will be another hit that will be gobbled up by readers as quickly as Harry’s granny gobbles up those troublesome toffees.
When elven-year-old Harry is entrusted with the responsibility of looking after his gran, Mini, for the day it all sounds simple enough. New outfit, hair-dressers, lunch and be at the Caught Short award ceremony at four-thirty for Mini to receive her life-time achievement award for services to loo roll. Best of all, if Harry can do it then he will earn fifty puppy points and will almost have enough to cash in for an actual dog!
Mini though has very different ideas and no sooner have they headed out than she has slipped free, nabbed some toffees from the supermarket, assaulted a security guard with a pork-pie and escaped on the back of a lorry. And that’s just the start of Mini's crazy antics. Leaving at trail of mischief and mayhem wherever she goes will Harry be able to catch up with her and get her to the awards on time…
Can somebody please pass me a needle and thread so I can sow my split sides back together again. I honestly cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard at a book. I Lost My Granny in the Supermarket is brilliantly bonkers and revels in silliness whilst delivering heart-felt messages about family, being responsible for those that you love and celebrating the special relationship between granny and grandchild.
Grandchildren and grandparents often have a special relationship, I have very fond memories of sleep-overs at nan and grandad’s and often being allowed to do things or get away with things that would not have gone down well with my parents. Although, I can’t say I have experienced anything quite like the day that Harry and Mini have.
The mad-cap adventure is filled with hilarity and hijinks as Mini, who doesn’t play by the rules, gets up to all sorts of mischief; riding roller coasters, having a go at life-guarding and ‘borrowing’ a fork-lift truck. Chasing granny around is the hapless Harry who finds himself dressing up as a chipmunk, kidnapping a wallaby and getting half a hair cut. The whole thing is riotous fun that is all brilliantly illustrated by Nathan Reed whose illustrations zing with energy and fun and perfectly bring to life the chaotic events of the day.
Kids will absolutely love granny and her crazy antics!
With huge thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for this laugh-out-loud story.
Recommended for 7+.