David Walliams and illustrator Tony Ross are returning with a “rip-roaring, action-packed” new novel, Code Name Bananas, on 5th November.
The book is released in hardback, with a simultaneous e-book and an audiobook version narrated by Walliams himself and a star-studded cast.
HarperCollins Children's Books said: “In his latest book, Walliams invites his readers to step back to London 1940. As bombs rain down on the city, orphan boy Eric forms an extraordinary friendship with a remarkable gorilla: Gertrude. Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. But when the zoo is no longer safe Eric must go on an epic adventure to 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 . . . escape the clutches of evil villains . . . and in the end they save the day!”
The latest book comes at the end of another huge year for Walliams, who has sold 19.3 million books for £113m during his career, with The World's Worst Parents shifting 264,694 copies since July through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market. According to HarperCollins, his global sales now exceed 40 million copies and his books have been translated into 53 languages.
Walliams said: “This book is an epic comedy adventure set in the Second World War with an animal at the centre of the story. I hope children will fall in love with Gertrude the gorilla. There is plenty of humour, action and excitement to delight even the most reluctant reader’.
HarperCollins Children’s Books executive publisher, Ann-Janine Murtagh, added: “David’s new novel, Code Name Bananas, has arrived and it’s brilliant! An uplifting story with a glorious heart. This whizz-bang adventure, featuring a small boy and a gorilla on the run, is hilariously funny and heartwarmingly heroic. With a cast of eccentric characters and truly epic moments, this is a story where a child becomes the unexpected hero and good triumphs over all – it is vintage Walliams. I loved every minute of this audacious tale from the moment David first shared the story with me. We are very proud to be publishing David’s new novel, which is so full of love and laughter, for families to share this Christmas."