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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407134507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407134505
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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It's often hard to review children's literature when you are not the target audience.

I asked for this book because my daughter enjoyed another Tom Gates book. I think that L Pichon 'gets' being a primary school kid. I love all the illustrations, the doodles and the handwritten appearance of the book. Looking back at my 10 year old self, I could really relate to the Tom Gates' world.

As a Dad, I can really relate Tom Gates' father, who is nicely incompetent (but funny with it).

We really enjoyed the description of the disastrous camping trip where everything went wrong.

I think it was a success.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Schneehase VINE VOICE on 24 Sep 2012
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Ok - I love it but I will admit to one reservation. It won the 'Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011' but is it the sort of thing that adults think children will find funny? Or will children also find this funny? After all it has been written by an adult ...
Reservation over.
This looks to me like the ideal book for a 9 - 11 year old boy. Possibly girls would like to read it to get a peek into the pre-adolescent male psyche, but I have purchased it for a 10 year old boy as that's certainly the market it's aiming for.
The book is ostensibly narrated (and illustrated) by the main character, Tom, and follows his experience of life and school, his friends, the things that concern him and the little episodes that make up every child's experience of life.
There is a good balance of cartoon drawings and writing on each page so that a semi-reluctant reader won't feel overwhelmed and it may feel like s/he is actually reading a cartoon rather than a novel.
So follow the doodles and thoughts of Tom as he and his friends prepare for the talent show at school and the debut of their band, Dogzombies ... and enjoy!
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By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb 2013
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This is a brilliant book which has been written in the style of a diary but with lots and lots of drawings on each page as if it really was a little boy's diary and he has just had to do some drawings and squiggles to go along with what he is writing about:) Another thing is that this book is so so funny and had not just my nephew but also me laughing whilst we have been reading it together. When I say funny I truly mean it and it's not just the written content that makes it funny but the drawings alongside do really add to the humour which if you get the book you will see what I mean. As a couple of the other reviewers have already advised its almost a cross between a book, a diary and a comic and so makes it so easy to read which would be a bonus if your child wasn't a big reader and you were trying to encourage them to read more. Well that's another series of books we are going to end up having to get now that we have discovered this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2013
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The highs and lows of Tom's life are funnier and more extreme than ever in this fourth 'wicked diary' by Liz Pichon. It's aimed at readers of 8 and upwards - quite a long way upwards, to be fair! Girls should like it as much as boys.

The creative and imaginative Tom Gates is back and in this volume of his hilarious diary, he documents the ups and downs of his daily life as he deals with everything from his father's embarrassing new fitness regime to the challenges of entering his band DOGZOMBIES into the school Talent Contest - and most horrifying of all, seeing weirdo big sister Delia without her sunglasses.

My daughter (who is 10) said : "The book grips you from the first page as Tom explains what happened that morning. It's about Tom having funny, happy, embarrassing and shocking experiences as he takes you on a journey about him, his friends and his family. It's an enjoyable book that can be read in one sitting. It's kind of similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid (which I must admit I prefer, because it's funnier) - but I have to say I liked The Brilliant World of Tom Gates a bit more than this one as it felt more original and made me laugh more. But I really enjoyed Genius Ideas, it's exciting and I was smiling on every page. The illustrations are perfect and very effective."

Existing fans and newcomers to the series will be delighted by this wickedly funny and engaging story. With plenty of Tom's scribbly illustrations, doodles and lively hand-drawn cartoons throughout, it is an appealingly visual read that will keep young readers entertained from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Horsham VINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2013
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Review written by my 11 year old daughter "I think that Tom Gates is a hilariously funny book about all the things that Tom Gates gets up to. It is amazingly funny book. The only thing I would say is, as with all Tom Gates books, once you have read it, you know the story so well that you don't want to read it again as it otherwise can get boring after reading it a few times."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes VINE VOICE on 8 Jan 2013
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I have a nine year old son and it's really difficult to find any books that inspire him to read. However he really likes the Tom Gates books and when I gave him this latest one I was amazed to keep walking in on him sat quietly reading...TV off and ipad cast aside. Believe me this is totally out of character! He says this is his favourite book in the Tom Gates series as it has the best story lines. He read it in a week which was extremely good going by his usual standards. I will be preordering the next one as soon as it becomes available.
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