Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: David Walliams
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Jack’s grandpa was an old war hero in World War II and is convinced that he is back in the war, though it is many years later. Jack is the only one who understands his grandpa and plays along with his muddled memory. When Grandpa goes missing time and time again, Jack’s parents decide to put him in the only old folks home in town, the creepy Twilight Towers. Jack accompanies his Grandpa on numerous adventures, and unearths an illegal scheme to rob the senior citizens along the way. Together, Grandpa and Jack save the old folks and solve the mystery, and Grandpa ends up behind the wheel of his beloved Spitfire plane once again.
Grandpa’s Great Escape highlights a fun adventure, with hilarious dialogue and an interesting plotline, bringing the reader along for the journey. It connects with readers who have had grandparents struggle with dementia or memory problems, and communicates the message that sticking to your family is what matters most. Jack was fiercely loyal to his grandpa and didn’t give up on him, even when everyone else did. This book includes actual World War II information, with words and phrases from that time period. However, readers may not appreciate how Jack and his Grandpa, the heroes of this story, broke the law so many times without consequence. Despite this, the book is entertaining and enjoyable, especially for children in the primary/middle school grades.
*Contains mild sexual content