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Saving the day with a gorilla named Gertrude

Donna Coutts, December 17, 2020 3:10PM Kids News

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Part of the cover artwork for Code Name Bananas by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross. Picture: Harper Collins media_cameraPart of the cover artwork for Code Name Bananas by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross. Picture: Harper Collins

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Bombs rain down on London in 1940 during World War II and an orphaned boy named Eric makes the best of things, spending his days at London Zoo.

He makes friends with a remarkable gorilla named Gertrude.

But when the zoo is no longer safe Eric, Gertrude and zookeeper Uncle Sid are forced to go on the run.

Code Name Bananas - by David Walliams. For Kids News media_cameraThe cover of Code Name Bananas, a new book by David Walliams.

While hiding out they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot, escape the clutches of some villains and in the end save the day!

That’s just some of the action from David Walliams’ new book, Code Name Bananas, illustrated by Tony Ross.

“This book is an epic comedy adventure set in World War II with an animal at the centre of the story. I hope children will fall in love with Gertrude the gorilla,” Mr Walliams said.

VIDEO: David Walliams introduces the book to Australian readers

Code Name Bananas

Download and complete these fun Code Name Bananas activities by clicking on the links below:

Create your own comic strip HERE

Draw your own animal best friend HERE

Solve the jumbled zoo animal words HERE

Help Eric rescue Gertrude from the maze HERE

Find the Code Name Bananas words in the word search HERE

Code Name Bananas by David Walliams is published by HarperCollins and is available in shops and online.

QUICK QUIZ

  1. Who is the author of this book?
  2. What is the name of the main animal character?
  3. Where is the story set?
  4. When is the story set?
  5. What three words does the author describe the book as?

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