World Book Day: Enjoying World of Walliams bedding

We were sent a World of Walliams bedding set and cushion for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

This year World Book Day falls on March 4th. Typically it’s a time when schools pull out all the stops to promote a love of books and reading. Sadly this year due to the pandemic, the dressing up days and reading sessions will mostly be done remotely. We don’t have especially grand plans for World Book Day, but we will definitely be setting aside extra time for reading his favourite books, I suspect there will also be some dressing up (because we love a bit of dressing up).

World Book Day: Enjoying World of Walliams bedding

In time for World Book Day, Dreamtex have produced some lovely World of Walliams bedding and a matching cushion. My ten year old loves David Walliams books and was super excited to be tucked up for bed under a duvet of some of his favourite characters.

World Book Day: Enjoying World of Walliams bedding

The duvet set features everyone’s favourite characters from Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Grandpa’s Great Escape. Snuggling under this colourful duvet cover is just the thing when you’re settling down for some bedtime story time. The duvet is a standard sized single set, 137cm by 198cm in size and the pillowcase is 50cm x 75cm which takes a standard size pillow. The material is a mixture of polyester and cotton, which makes this a practical and hardwearing option.

The World of Walliams bedding is bright; cheery, reversible and really makes my son’s bedroom feel like a sunnier place to sleep. What’s more, the packaging for the bedding contains a door hanger which you can cut out and hang on your bedroom door.

World Book Day: Enjoying World of Walliams bedding

There’s also a matching officially licenced World Of Walliams scatter cushion which you can buy separately. This is available from Amazon and costs around £12.99. The cushion is 35cm by 35cm in size and is made from 100% Polyester. It matches perfectly with the bedding and really helps to brighten up his bedroom. It’s also a nice thing to have if you have a little reading corner; a cosy nest to read in is a lovely thing indeed.

This reversible World of David Walliams single duvet cover set is available in store at Sainsbury’s and online from Very and costs around £25.

World Book Day: Enjoying World of Walliams bedding

If you’re wanting to mark World Book Day at home; and have David Walliams fans, then this lovely bedding set is a fine way to freshen up the bedroom of a little fiction fan.

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Theatre Review: David Walliams Gangsta Granny

This summer the Birmingham Stage Company are touring the UK with their theatre production of the popular David Walliams Gangsta Granny book. We went along to The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays watch it.

We’ve yet to read the book, but we’ve watched TV adaptations of David Walliams’ Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny and we knew to expect silliness, smells and a heartwarming message underneath it all.

The book was originally published in 2011, and went straight to number 1 in the children’s book charts. David Walliams Gangsta Granny was later adapted for TV and was shown on BBC1 in 2013, starring David Walliams and a host of other popular personalities. 

David Walliams Gangsta Granny

David Walliams Gangsta Granny tells the tale of schoolboy Ben who is sent to stay with his Granny every weekend so his parents can go out ballroom dancing. Ben thinks she is the boringest Grandma ever. All she wants to do is to play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup, but what he doesn’t know is that his Granny was once an international jewel thief known as “The Black Cat”. Very soon Friday nights are the highlight of Ben’s week, as together they plan a daring raid on the Crown Jewels.

The two stars of the show, Ben played by Ashley Cousins and Granny played by Gilly Tompkins are fabulous. Granny, although small, stooped and grey steals virtually every scene. Her occasional cabbage trumps have the audience of small children and their parents giggling – all it needs is a cabbage scented scratch and sniff card to complete the effect.

Ben’s parents are meant to be annoying, and they are. His whiny, self-centred mum especially so, though I did enjoy the almost Mr Bean-like performance from Benedict Martin who plays both Ben’s Dad and nosy neighbour Mr Parker.

David Walliams Gangsta Granny

The supporting cast help to keep the pace up, Umar Malik is notable as penny-pinching but wise shopkeeper Raj and slimy dancer Flavio, and Louise Bailey as the Queen who is rather partial to cabbage soup and doesn’t mind the unfortunate side effects.

Gangsta Granny is full of glorious slapstick humour, it’s colourful, glittery, drab, funny, serious, silly and sad in equal measure. I wasn’t quite expecting to come away so affected by the moral of the story – just because someone is old it doesn’t mean they are invisible. 

Loneliness, especially in old age is a terrible thing, and it’s something I’m particularly mindful of. If Gangsta Granny encourages more people to speak to and check up on their elderly relatives and neighbours, then that’s a very excellent thing indeed. You never know, the nice old lady next door might have been an international jewel thief with a million pounds worth of treasure in a biscuit tin in her kitchen!

David Walliams Gangsta Granny

We thoroughly enjoyed Gangsta Granny, there were laugh out loud moments all the way through, lots of slapstick, funny smells and a thought provoking moral to the story – what more could you want?

The Birmingham Stage Company are currently touring David Walliams Gangsta Granny around the UK. You can find the tour dates here.

Preview: Gangsta Granny at The Lowry

The long summer holidays are here and it can be hard to find things to keep my boy entertained. We’ve got a few nice things pencilled in for over the summer break. One thing I’m especially looking forward to is Gangsta Granny by David Walliams at The Lowry in Salford Quays. It’s on from Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September 2016. 

We really enjoy our trips to The Lowry, we make a real event out of it. A tram ride, the theatre, a walk around the Quays, maybe a visit to the Blue Peter garden, a little something to eat somewhere and then home again on the tram. Lots of fun, lots of adventure and usually a really good show. 

This summer the Birmingham Stage Company are touring the UK with their production of the popular David Walliams’ book, Gangsta Granny. 

Gangsta Granny

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma…

  1. She was once an international jewel thief.
  2. All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help.

Soon Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

Gangsta Granny

In 2011 David Walliams wrote Gangsta Granny, which was shortlisted for both The Red House Children’s Book Award and for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. During Christmas 2013 a TV version of Gangsta Granny was shown on BBC One with an all-star cast including David Walliams himself. Gangsta Granny went straight to number 1 in the children’s book charts and his books have been translated into no fewer than 30 languages.

Gangsta Granny

We’ll be going on 31st August and we’re looking forward to watching the adventures of Ben and his Gangsta Granny!

Gangsta Granny is on at The Lowry Salford Quays from 31st August – 4th September 2016.