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Andy Stanton , Kate Winslet
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6 Sep 2012 Mr Gum

Shabba me whiskers! It’s one of those Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton. They’re only the craziest, funnest most amazing books for children in the world.

Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire Mr Gum is back in this second hilarious book and he's as nasty as ever! In fact, he's absolutely grimsters. But this book's not just about him. Meet a gingerbread man named Alan Taylor who has electric muscles! Plus, all our favourite characters are back: the little girl called Polly, the evil butcher called Billy William The Third, and the very wise man, Friday O'Leary. And, who could forget loveable Jake the dog, or the angry fairy who lives in Mr Gum's bathtub and whacks him on the head with a frying-pan?

Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire is the second book in the internationally best-selling series by Andy Stanton, which has won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Praise for Mr Gum:

‘Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant!’ – Jeremy Strong

‘Worryingly splendid’ – Guardian NOT FOR BORERS!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445873389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445873381
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andy Stanton lives in North London and writes funny books for kids. He's best known for his 'Mr Gum' series, of which there are currently nine titles: 'You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum!'; 'Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire'; and some others he can't be bothered to tell you about at the moment. Check them out on Amazon though, they're all there.

'You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum!' was the overall winner of the 2007 Red House Children's Book Award. That's really good, you get to hang on to a big trophy for a year, just like Wimbledon. They engrave your name on it and everything. That means Andy Stanton's name is near the names of some amazing previous winners, including J.K. Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, just all sorts of quality people.

'Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire' was shortlisted for the Guardian children's Book Award but was beaten by Jenny Valentine's brilliant 'Finding Violet Park'. You should check that out too.

Andy's won some other awards, including a couple of Blue Peter awards for Best Book With Pictures; and in 2008, he won the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize with 'Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear'. That's a good one, it really is.

In 2012 Kate Winslet recorded the first four 'Mr Gum' titles for audiobook versions. That's good, isn't it? Kate Winslet!

Aside from 'Mr Gum' Andy has also written 'The Story of Matthew Buzzington' and 'Sterling and the Canary'; not to mention a disgraceful picture book called 'Here Comes The Poo Bus!' It's a horror.


'Funny? You bet, and the humour is not of the willy, poo, bum variety. Here sad squirrels blow their noses on passing butterflies, people speak funty - sorry funny... Worryingly splendid.'
Philip Ardagh, Guardian

'This is a riot'
Danny Baker, BBC London

'Andy Stanton accumulates silliness and jokes in an irresistible, laughter-inducing romp' Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week

'A delightfully grim adventure' Radio Times

'raucous, revoltingly rambunctious and nose-snortingly funny'
Daily Mail

'...wonderful and whimsical nonsense...' Sunday Express

'The Mr Gum books should be compulsory consumption for every primary school child' Junior Education

'It provoked long and painful belly laughs from my daughter, who is eight, and gave her an idea of how unruly and mischievous literature can be' Daily Telegraph

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About the Author

Andy Stanton Andy Stanton lives in North London. He studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. He has been a stand-up comedian, a film script reader, a cartoonist, an NHS lackey and lots of other things. He has many interests, but best of all he likes Radio 4, books and music (even jazz). One day he’d like to live in New York or Berlin or one of those places because he’s got fantasies of bohemia. His favourite expression is ‘Good evening’ and his favourite word is ‘captain’.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as anything! Your kids will love this! 24 May 2007
On the recommendation of a friend, I bought this for my nephew's eighth birthday - and I'm happy to say it was the hit of the day, not just amongst the kids but the adults too. Weird doesn't even come close to describing the plot of this book, but basically it involves a gingerbread man with electric muscles, who just happens to be a billionaire (told you it was weird). There are all sorts of funny asides but somehow the author keeps it all in check and produces a satisfying (but highly bonkers) conclusion. In short - buy this book for any kids you know and if you don't have any kids - buy it anyway. You will laugh a lot. Have just ordered the first one for my nephew, (but I will be reading it first, for sure).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children love them 28 May 2009
The reviewers who have been critical of this book are not children and do not appear to have read it to a child. All of the 'Mr Gum' books are odd, weird, off the wall etc - but children absolutely adore them and my 3 (7, 10, 12) just cannot stop laughing when I read 'Mr Gum' to them (they are best read aloud, I think). Andy Stanton obviously knows just which buttons to press to make kids enjoy his writing - it is not really up to adults to make pompous statements about their suitability. And anything that gets children, and especially boys, to enjoy books HAS to have a 5 star review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just The Biscuit 13 Jun 2009
As any parent may know, it can be tough making the transition from picture books to, er, books with less pictures. Don't know why, but this seems to be tougher still for boys, IMHO.

Which should bring us nicely to the Mr Gum books. Great Dickensian characters (disgusting Billy William The Third, fatso Jonathan Ripples, etc), bizarre turns of phrase ("like bad dreams into a postman's head") and very funny. I'd struggle to think of any other book where I've tripped up mid-sentence with a giggle or guffaw.

Highly recommended for your uninterested-in-books male offspring.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is a Lemon Meringue! 19 Sep 2008
I've never written an Amazon review before, but Shabba me Whiskers that one star review made me so cross I had to write one right now. All of the Mr. Gum books are THE BEST, but this is the best of them all. I read it to my three children (aged 6,9 & 11) and all four of us were crying with laughter. I've recommended Mr. Gum to so many other parents, and all of them (and their kids) have loved the books. Funty stuff indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and highly entertaining 29 July 2009
I purchased this book for my 8 year old son who is not a big fan of reading. Well, this certainly did the trick. He didn't want to put it down and kept insisting on reading bits out to me. This is a wonderfully funny book that now has my son asking for other Mr Gum books as he is desperate to read more!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "laughed so much I got hiccups" 16 Aug 2009
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This is my eight year old son's review - "It is the funniest Mr Gum book I've read so far. All my favourites are here plus a new character; Alan Taylor the biscuit billionaire. The pictures are really funny and the top 10 of Mr Gum's favourite TV programs is so funny we laughed so much I got hiccups."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had us rolling around with laughter! 7 Jun 2009
Myself, my husband and my rather bright son who is 5 have absolutely loved this book. It's probably taken us longer than average to read because my son has made me read Polly's long name every time Polly is mentioned! We have really enjoyed the small subtle bits of humour like the CHicken Barked, The really long chapter where "Mr Gum had a cup of Tea" and "The End" right at the beginning!! I have just ordered us the next 3 books and I can't wait!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Funny? Yes - very
Silly? Yes - very
Wicked? Yes - very (in places!)

A follow on to 'You're a bad man, Mr Gum' and others in the series, this book features many of the characters from the previous title in the series as well as some new characters. Polly meets Alan - a biscuit billionaire - literally. Yes, I mean it - he is a biscuit (a gingerbread man to be precise) who is a billionaire! However, Mr Gum and his friend Billy Williams are determined to steal Alan's fortune and set about being as wicked as possible.

The nice characters are delightfully nice, and the nasty characters are wonderfully wicked and unpleasant - and there is the added joy that it's read by the author himself. This book should appeal to the majority of 6 to 8 year olds - especially those with a wicked sense of humour (although it may irritate adults with its poor grammar and structure in places). It's perfect for those who already enjoy the likes of Dirty Bertie and Horrid Henry.

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