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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407134507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407134505
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'10 out of 10.' (The Guardian)

'Tom Gates is instantly likeable, he has a great sense of humour ... and the book just grabs your attention.' (Goodreads)

'This is a thoroughly original, joyous and addictive read.' (Books for Keeps) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The highs and lows of Tom's life are funnier and more extreme than ever in this fourth wicked diary from the Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning series! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Schneehase VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Moses VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2012
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I chose this book for my seven-year-old son, who would prefer running around playing games to reading. He has enjoyed this book, as has his sister who is two years older. There's an attractive mix of words and pictures, so there are never large blocks of text which might feel off-putting. The details about living in a family are well observed and I genuinely laughed at a couple of Tom's adventures. Anyone who has been to school will appreciate some of the predicaments described. These episodes reminded me of Geoffrey Willans' Molesworth (Penguin Modern Classics) books, though education standards have improved as L. Pichon's more modern book contains far better spelling. While this book is obviously aimed at children, it is also enjoyable for adults. If you read this book with your little one you'll find yourself entertained. There are a few references that only adults will get, but these never overshadow the jokes that will be understood by all. There's a warmth and good humour to this book which makes me whole-heartedly recommend it to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2013
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Tom Gates 'Genius Ideas' is a diary, aimed at the 8+ market, featuring young Tom who gives us his insights into a wacky world full of things he's learning to understand and come to terms with. This is the fourth diary in the series, we have the other three, and I think it's the funniest and certainly the quirkiest. The book's small enough to break down into bite sized pieces and filled with black and white illustrations and doodles to add to the comedy factor. Although the aim of 'Genius Ideas' is fun, there's also some educational and emotional value. Not everything in Tom's world is a giggle and I enjoy those slight elements of reality that creep in around the edges and keep him real. Tom is an engaging character and one most children should identify with; girls as much as boys. The book is relatively sophisticated in reading terms. There's some complexity here which will offer a real challenge for younger children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Cooper VINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2012
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Wow, that is all I can say. We had the good fortune to meet Liz Pichon at a medal ceremony for the summer reading challenge and that was the first time we had come across her books.

The day this book arrived into our life my Son couldn't wait to read it and when we put it down he kept asking if we could read more and by the following day we had read it all!! Tom Gates has had a really brilliant positive effect, my Son (who is 7 by the way) thinks he's 'cool' he related to him instantly and could see himself in the character it was lovely to see. I also enjoyed the book as a parent, it opened up some interesting discussions, gave my Son some tricks to play on friends and made him look at school in a totally different way. Hats off to Liz Pichon and may she write many more! You have a life long fan!
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By O E J 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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