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Grandpa's Great Escape

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Hilarious, poignant tale of boy and grandpa with dementia.

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David Walliams and Tony Ross return with a harrowing, hysterical, heartfelt tale of a World War II flying ace and his loving grandson as they battle dementia and authority figures. It's an affectionate tribute to a heroic generation and its exploits -- particularly, as it turns out, with regard to escaping from POW camps. There's a lot of historical detail here (including a helpful reference at the end) about World War II and the battles the characters are reliving, the fine points of various airplanes, etc.

While Grandpa's Great Escape delivers plenty of the intrepid derangement readers expect from Walliams, this one feels more tender and personal than some of the others. You might even want a Kleenex now and then.

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