Wednesday March 09, 2016

David Walliams on Grandpa's Great Escape and teaching kids about dementia

David Walliams joins Shad to discuss his new children's book, Grandpa's Great Escape.

David Walliams joins Shad to discuss his new children's book, Grandpa's Great Escape. (HarperCollins)

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With mischievous characters and scratchy illustrations, the works of British writer David Walliams recall those of the great Roald Dahl. 

Walliams — also a comedian, TV presenter and Little Britain star — joins Shad to discuss his new children's book, Grandpa's Great Escape, and how to dole out the appropriate amount of mayhem for young minds. 

He also reflects on how to talk to kids about the hard stuff, from loneliness to dementia. 

"In my mind, the funny and the tragic are linked," says Walliams. "Humour shines a light on serious topics very well." 

YOUR LETTERS | Following Walliams' admission that he loved adult comedy as a kid, q producer Fabiola Carletti reads audience confessions.