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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’ 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!


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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’ 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!

30 review for Code Name Bananas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petra-X Off having adventures

    What is the colour of pissedoffness? Yellow, like the bananas of this book. I do not have an ARC of this unreleased book, I have advance stock that I am not allowed to sell until 5 November. There are only 3 substantial freebie reviews, and ALL of them give the majority of the plot away. Why would they do that? I know, better than anyone, that you can write whatever you like in the review space, so long as it isn't anything negative about the author (unwarranted gushing praise is more than accep What is the colour of pissedoffness? Yellow, like the bananas of this book. I do not have an ARC of this unreleased book, I have advance stock that I am not allowed to sell until 5 November. There are only 3 substantial freebie reviews, and ALL of them give the majority of the plot away. Why would they do that? I know, better than anyone, that you can write whatever you like in the review space, so long as it isn't anything negative about the author (unwarranted gushing praise is more than acceptable). But why would you give the plot away? Why not use spoilers?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Vasisht

    This book is brilliant! Just like the other David Walliams books it has the same adventure, engaging text and a super storyline with surprising twists. And just when you think that it can't get any more crazy and brilliant, it skyrockets. Eric is an 11-year old boy in 1940, during the first world war. Eric was short for his age, and had sticky-out ears. Both his parents were destroyed by the war. And soon his granny also becomes a victim. But, as the story continues suspension grows. Eric learns This book is brilliant! Just like the other David Walliams books it has the same adventure, engaging text and a super storyline with surprising twists. And just when you think that it can't get any more crazy and brilliant, it skyrockets. Eric is an 11-year old boy in 1940, during the first world war. Eric was short for his age, and had sticky-out ears. Both his parents were destroyed by the war. And soon his granny also becomes a victim. But, as the story continues suspension grows. Eric learns about some astonishing things. He, Gertrude and his mum's uncle, Uncle Sid become an unlikely rescue team. With the amount of emotion, suspense and thrill all balanced, the story takes a wild ride. From making friends and breaking out a gorilla to disguising and wandering in enemy territory, to even escape a bomb submarine, The trio are always ready for more chaos. I really liked this book and I rate it 5 out of 5 as I do for all DW books. I wonder what the next David Walliams book will be? Do you have an idea of what it might be about?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katy Noyes

    Familiar script now, daft and over-the-top characters and situations. Working in a library this morning, I was talking about Walliams with a 9-year-old customer. He was surprised when I told him I hadn't really enjoyed the latest from the author, as he'd loved it. And maybe I'm doing the books a disservice, because, yes, his target audience DOES tend to love them. But that doesn't mean I need to gush and heap praise on them when I don't think it's deserved. Does it? They've felt phoned-in and rush Familiar script now, daft and over-the-top characters and situations. Working in a library this morning, I was talking about Walliams with a 9-year-old customer. He was surprised when I told him I hadn't really enjoyed the latest from the author, as he'd loved it. And maybe I'm doing the books a disservice, because, yes, his target audience DOES tend to love them. But that doesn't mean I need to gush and heap praise on them when I don't think it's deserved. Does it? They've felt phoned-in and rushed-out for a while now. I was pleased to see another period piece here (after The Ice Monster), especially as my eldest is studying World War II at school. And there are some great war details included, so that was a positive. It was the story though, the usual over-the-top stereotypes, the zany and overdone last act, and as an audiobook listener, some annoying voices that grated. Orphaned by the war, Eric has few friends but Gertrude, a gorilla at London Zoo, and her keeper, his uncle Sid. The German bombs end up causing Gertrude to escape her cage, which in turns means the owner of the zoo determines to have her put down (yep, it's a bit forced), so the three of them decide the best course of action is to run away. Cue a big country-wide chase, and lots of female clothing. And a final act involving two not-at-all suspicious old ladies in a dilapidated seaside boarding house. Madcap. Zany. Quirky. Hmm. It didn't hit the spot for me at all. The woman voicing Eric didn't help, yet another grating stereotype that didn't fit. An actual child's voice would have been nice. It was all just a bit much. Gertrude could have been more sympathetic, it almost felt exploitative even though it is literally words on a page. I think I just miss the heart of Walliams' earliest novels. The ones that felt personal and could actually bring a tear to your eye. And the amount of celebrity authors now following in his footsteps jades me as well. My eldest (nearly 10) hasn't read this yet but I'll be very interested in his opinion. Don't listen to drained little me, this is just the opinion of a very-much-not-the-target-audience mum and librarian. For fans aged 7-11. With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yassin

    I love this very funny and thrilling book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Bantastic

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    What an adventure! A hilarious romp all the way through. I loved it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    gemsbooknook Geramie Kate Barker

    ‘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…’ This book was awesome. I am a massive fan of David Walliams’ book, so I was excited to get ‘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…’ This book was awesome. I am a massive fan of David Walliams’ book, so I was excited to get my hands on this book. I am happy to say that this book was just as awesome as I had hoped it would be. I loved that this book was set during World War 2. This setting added a great opportunity for a little bit of history to be sprinkled into the story. The history that was featured in this story was interesting and made for some truly funny scenes. As usual David Walliams has done a fantastic job with creating characters to love root for as well as creating funny, evil characters that you enjoy getting to see fail at the end of the story. David Walliams’ book as always have a lot of heart and a wonderful message, and this book is no different. I loved see this stories heroes grow and learn throughout their journey. Watching these wonderful characters overcome hardship and evolve together made for a truly wonderful reading experience. I have said it many times before an I will say it again; Tony Ross is fantastic! The combination of Tony Ross’ fabulous illustrations and David Walliams’ wonderful story makes for the perfect Middle Grade book. I loved this story and I was completely engrossed from the first to the last page. I can only imaging the joy this book will bring to young readers and their families. Code Name Bananas by David Walliams is a must have for all Middle Grade readers. Geramie Kate Barker gemsbooknook.wordpress.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Keiran

    Absolutely amazing book,set in WWII. Both funny and full of suspense

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hermione Granger

    Amazing book! So Walliams!

  10. 5 out of 5

    WhatBookNext .com

    At only 11 years old, Eric is a WWII orphan. His dad was lost as he evacuated from Dunkirk, and his mum in the Blitz Code Name Bananas Book Review Coveramong the constant bombing of London by German planes. He now lives with his granny who looks after him but is bossy and not inclined to give the hugs that Eric misses from his parents. Eric doesn’t enjoy school, and is used to escaping to the air raid shelters when the incoming bomber sirens go off most nights. His favourite thing in the world is At only 11 years old, Eric is a WWII orphan. His dad was lost as he evacuated from Dunkirk, and his mum in the Blitz Code Name Bananas Book Review Coveramong the constant bombing of London by German planes. He now lives with his granny who looks after him but is bossy and not inclined to give the hugs that Eric misses from his parents. Eric doesn’t enjoy school, and is used to escaping to the air raid shelters when the incoming bomber sirens go off most nights. His favourite thing in the world is to visit the London Zoo. His best friend in the world lives there. Gertrude the Gorilla. They might not be able to speak the same language, but they cheer each other up every day when he visits. Eric doesn’t have any money to get into the Zoo, but his Great Uncle Sid is a zookeeper, who lets him in the back way. They have to be careful because the Zoo boss and the security guard are often watching for this very thing. Eric is worried about Gertrude, because the bombing has upset her terribly. One night it is so bad, he sneaks out to comfort her. There is no calming her and her cage is damaged. Eric and Sid are suddenly faced with a frightened, full grown gorilla on the loose! The security guard has orders to shoot escaped animals on sight and Eric and Sid are determined to save her. Little does Eric know that he will soon discover Great Uncle Sid has a wonderful secret, they’ll be flying through the air above London in the middle of a bomb raid, will need multiple disguises, meet Nazi spies and nearly drown. Not to mention a mission to save the entire British Government! Another rollicking adventure by the master of mirth, Code Name Bananas is exactly that – Bananas! Young animal lovers will enjoy this race to save a furry friend, which turns into a race to save the entire British government including Winston Churchill himself. Danger, disguises and lots of gorilla spit, readers will laugh and also learn lots about life in the London Blitz. The characters are equal parts zany and authentic, and the varied fonts and fun illustrations by Tony Ross will delight. Author – David Walliams Illustrator – Tony Ross Age – 7+

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    If you are looking to entertain 7-12 year old readers you really can't go past David Walliams. With Roald Dahl-like irreverence and epically fantastical storylines Walliams always entertains with humour and a tinge of darkness. Code Name Bananas is no exception. Life in 1940 is a bit bleak for Eric - he has lost both his parents in the war, he is living with his crotchety grandmother and his only source of joy is visiting his Uncle Sid who works in London Zoo. Eric's best friend in the world liv If you are looking to entertain 7-12 year old readers you really can't go past David Walliams. With Roald Dahl-like irreverence and epically fantastical storylines Walliams always entertains with humour and a tinge of darkness. Code Name Bananas is no exception. Life in 1940 is a bit bleak for Eric - he has lost both his parents in the war, he is living with his crotchety grandmother and his only source of joy is visiting his Uncle Sid who works in London Zoo. Eric's best friend in the world lives in the zoo. Her name is Gertrude and she is a Gorilla. When a bomb busts Gertrude's cage the zoo director decides she is far too dangerous to be able to run around loose and must be put down for the sake of safety. Eric and Sid plead her case but the zoo director will not be swayed. There is only one option: Eric and Sid must bust Gertrude out of the zoo before her time is up! Together they hatch a cunning plan involving a truck and a barrage balloon (for once the blitz is coming in handy)! While things don't quite go to plan Eric, Sid, and Gertrude happen to be in the right place at the right time to foil a dastardly German plan and save the day! There are some great details about life in London in World War II and enough silliness that the target audience is sure to have a few giggles. The characters are of course completely over the top, the villains so horribly villainous they are comical. As an adult reader I found that this book missed the mark a bit. Walliams' earlier books had a bit more heart and genuineness to them - this one feels like he's phoning it in. There was no emotional impact at any point. I skim read the last half of the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    As always, David Walliams added in way too much toilet humor which definitely spoiled it for me. Although, as a non-fan of David’s I was pleasantly surprised by the plot! It was fascinating, the change in scenery from urban to rural kept the story moving and was actually enjoyable. The fact that there was always a lot of action on every page also kept me interested as one moment they would be trying to save a gorilla, the next they would be fleeing the police, and next they would be ensnared in As always, David Walliams added in way too much toilet humor which definitely spoiled it for me. Although, as a non-fan of David’s I was pleasantly surprised by the plot! It was fascinating, the change in scenery from urban to rural kept the story moving and was actually enjoyable. The fact that there was always a lot of action on every page also kept me interested as one moment they would be trying to save a gorilla, the next they would be fleeing the police, and next they would be ensnared in a Nazi plot. I loved the Historical Fiction element which made the plot a lot more fun and I like that The characters were funny, well polished, relatable, and worked well together to create a lot of suspense at certain points in the novel. I, All in all, this was a relaxing read which I enjoyed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denise Newton

    https://denisenewtonwrites.com/?p=2350 David Walliams, best-selling UK based children’s author, has written another action packed story for readers seven years and older. Full of nonsensical moments and humour, Code Name Bananas takes place during World War II, at the height of The Blitz. Code Name Bananas David Walliams https://denisenewtonwrites.com/?p=2350 David Walliams, best-selling UK based children’s author, has written another action packed story for readers seven years and older. Full of nonsensical moments and humour, Code Name Bananas takes place during World War II, at the height of The Blitz. Code Name Bananas David Walliams

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leo Margetts

    This funny book was by my second favourite author David Walliams. This book is all about how Ned has a best friend who is a gorilla. He has to try to get her out of the city without the police spotting them. I learnt that barrage balloons were used in the war to pose as zeppelins to scare the enemy off

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Boyd

    It's a Walliam's so of course it's good. Loved the time period and all the little facts around the war and about Churchill and the Nazi's but for me it only picked up when those latter components came in. The first three quarters of the book are centred around Gertrude and the zoo, which I understand since it is the purpose of the book but I found it dragged slightly and would have preferred if the Nazi's and their story came in a little sooner. Not the best but still worth a read. It's a Walliam's so of course it's good. Loved the time period and all the little facts around the war and about Churchill and the Nazi's but for me it only picked up when those latter components came in. The first three quarters of the book are centred around Gertrude and the zoo, which I understand since it is the purpose of the book but I found it dragged slightly and would have preferred if the Nazi's and their story came in a little sooner. Not the best but still worth a read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Jarrett-Wilshire

    This was good. I actually liked this one I haven’t liked a David Walliam book for a hot minute. This is way better than the beast of Buckingham palace by a long shot. I liked the ending it was sweet and wholesome. 4 Stars-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Horsley

    This book was a nice lighthearted, easy read to start my new year. I love how David Walliams takes real events like the war and bases this funny story off something so serious. He still manages to show the conflict between England and Germany whilst portraying a herioc story and making you laugh.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fencer2008

    It’s a good book. It grew better towards the end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Isla

    Love It! I recommend it to children

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2nd book of the year out of a 104. Book was great, it was an easy read. I liked how there was a twist and Gertrude, Eric and uncle Sid were able to save Churchill from the German.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Good fun

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I think that this book is telling about history about the Nazis attacking Britain.Its a bit sad and heartbreaking.But the story is a funny one.i recommend to every child.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Evrim

    Confession, we listened to this in Audible rather than reading. It was a great listen with narrated by great voices. Made it fun for me to drive around with the little one. Would make a good movie.

  24. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    I like how the characters stop a nazi plot. This was an awesome book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    3.75 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    brendan hayes

    It is all about a monkey that it make it rain banana

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grant Gurney

    One of his best. Gertrude is adorable, the story is very funny and entertaining. The illustrations are superb too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Demi De Quay

    Great stuff from David Walliams as always.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dean Haywood

    Hilarious Walliams truly has surpassed Roald Dahl as the king of childrens books

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