Go back in time with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams for a whizz-bang epic adventure of action, laughter and secret plots – and the extraordinary friendship between a little boy and a huge gorilla that just might save the day…
1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany.
Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. And there’s one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla.
With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude.
Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot…
Join David Walliams on this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure for all the family!
About the author
David Walliams has revolutionised reading for children and become one of the most influential children’s writers today. Since the publication of his ground-breaking first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), Walliams has seen unprecedented growth with global sales exceeding 40 million copies, and his books translated into 53 languages. Born in London, Tony Ross went to art school in Liverpool. His cartoons have appeared in famous publications the world over. His first book, Hugo and the Wicked Winter, was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! His creations Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series. David and Tony have worked on seven bestselling picture books together, and nine of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels. David and Tony also collaborated on the 2017 World Book Day title, BLOB, and on the blockbuster collections, The World’s Worst Children 1, 2 and 3.
- PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
- “Dahl finally has a worthy successor” – Telegraph
- “Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air” – The Sun
- ‘[Walliams’ books] are brilliantly, beautifully and seemingly effortlessly written … Mr Dahl finally has a worthy successor’ Telegraph
- ‘Walliams understands something crucial about children and stories’ Metro
- “A great comic tale… Walliams is a natural wit” – Evening Standard
- “Well written, funny, touching” – Observer
- “A passionate celebration of individuality” – Telegraph
- “Believable characters and a story that’s original and intriguing” ***** – Heat
- “Charming, funny” – The Times
- “Has a lovely, Dahlian fluency to it” – Time Out