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Code Name Bananas by David Walliams

The latest adventure novel for children by David Walliams is a rip-roaring great read. Set in London in 1940 during the Blitz it follows the story of Eric who has recently been orphaned who loves visiting the zoo where his Uncle Sid works. It is the place that makes him feel the safest, and he develops an extraordinary friendship with a gorilla called Gertrude. But when Gertrude is threatened with being put down, Eric and Uncle Sid go on an epic adventure to rescue this strong but loveable gorilla. But while hiding in a seaside down from the zoo officials who are chasing them, they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot and need to work out how to save the day!

This is a classic David Walliams book with illustrations by Tony Ross with a story that rollicks along until the satisfying ending. Code Name Bananas is funny and tender and a great tale where good triumphs over evil, with the most unlikely hero centre stage. Children everywhere will love this book!

David Walliams has sold an astonishing 40 million copies of his books, with his novels translated into 53 languages. Reading Code Name Bananas just emphasises what a good children’s book writer he is. He creates stories that are fun and adventurous and perfectly pitched to engage young independent readers.

Reviewer: Karen McMillan



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