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Genius Ideas (Mostly) (Tom Gates) [Paperback]

Liz Pichon
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6 Sep 2012 Tom Gates
Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock for Tom, but that's nothing compared with the surprise that Dad has in store with his new-found fitness regime! He says he's going to compete at the school Sports Day. Can you even imagine the horrendous shame that will bring? Meanwhile Tom, Derek and Norman are also busy with a training regime of their own - practising with Dogzombies to make sure they're ready for the school talent show. 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!

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1407134507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407134505
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Tom Gates book 16 April 2013
By Bacchus TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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 Meerkat VINE VOICE
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite funny 6 April 2013
By OEJ TOP 100 REVIEWER TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Funny 23 Mar 2013
By G. Horsham VINE VOICE
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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 JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The market for Genius Ideas certainly has to be 9-11 year old boys. It's great that boys have a series of books just for them. Anything we can do to help them pick up a book instead of a games console has to be a good idea. Not sure girls will enjoy the book unless they want a glimpse at what's going on inside the mind of a male sibling or friend...perhaps best not to look!!!

Genuine Ideas is supposedly the tale of Tom, told in his own words, as he battles his way through the complex world of school, home, parents, friends and all the usual conundrums facing children of a similar age. The book's written in sharp, choppy sections with a lot of emphasis on the visual, ie. cartoons/sketches/doodles (all black and white) to highlight the humour.

That's a concept which works well on another, maybe unexpected, level: children who feel daunted by the idea of reading a full length novel will find Tom Gates much less formidable because it's not just a wall of words.

Emphasis is absolutely on humour but; there are plenty of differnt themes to keep things interesting. My nephew, reluctant at first, has now admitted he thought Genius Ideas was great. I'd certainly buy more in this series and there's plenty of choice:-

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things)
Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff) (Tom Gates)
Best Book Day Ever!(so far) (Tom Gates)
Everything's Amazing (sort of) (Tom Gates)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by john smith
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Published 5 days ago by Mrs Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to encourage independent
Read and retread by my 8 year old. Great book to encourage independent reading
Published 23 days ago by Sue
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My son really enjoyed this book and the other Tom Gates books
Published 24 days ago by Mr. A. S. Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 29 days ago by JULIE SHEPHARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was an excellent children's book. It has a lot of doodles in it and some very funny part. It is very good
Published 1 month ago by it's ok but I do get a bit bored well playing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Another great book from Tom Gates, my daughter enjoyed this book as much as other Tom gates books - keep them coming !
Published 1 month ago by bronwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for step-son
This was a gift for my step-son. He is a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and requested these too - he loves them.
Published 1 month ago by TEC
5.0 out of 5 stars A great hit for 10 year old boy
I would recommend this book (& any other Tom Gates) for 7-11 year olds. My son loves reading, but I know it's a hit with reluctant readers too.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
My 9 year of is obsessed with Tom Gates books! They are fresh, funny and have very cool looking drawings! Got all the books and my son devoured them!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Z
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