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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jelly Pie; 1st. Edition : 1st. Printing edition (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405228172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405228176
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A wickedly entertaining story'; The Sunday Times said: 'Andy Stanton accumulates silliness and jokes in an irresistible, laughter-inducing romp'; Philip Ardagh for the Guardian said: 'Worryingly splendid.' - Equally, Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire was the talk of the town: 'A riotous read' said the Sunday Express; 'Designed to tickle young funny bones' - Glasgow Herald; 'Cranks up children's storytelling conventions to hilarious extremes' - Jewish Chronicle."

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’.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cops on 17 July 2010
Format: Paperback
My 9yr old hated reading until we discovered Mr Gum.... Now he ask's if we can read!
This was the 1st one we read (in just a few days, reading a page each) and then we bought the rest in order of publication. I had finally found some books which caught his imagination and weren't a chore.
They are a joy to read because they are funny, my son often cried with laughter. Some books are better than others, but all are good.
2 years on and we are still reading them and buying as each one is published. He is really a bit too old for these now, but they are still funny and still enjoyable.
I can also recommend the 'Hiccup & Toothless' books about a Viking and his dragon by Cressida Cowell. 'Franny k Stein' about a young scientist and her mad inventions.
For older boys, the 'Wimpy kid' books are enjoyed, but not so much by me!

My son was behind a couple of years behind in his reading, but having finally found some books he truly liked and looked forward to reading, he caught up in just 9 mths! It was all about finding the right books for him. In his case, it was humour that appealed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 28 Oct. 2012
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Let me explain - I loved this book and all of andy stantons mr gums. But why oh why did those stripey rascals at the BBC audio replace the hilarious author with kate winslet, who is screechy, actressy and not what this book needs. Andy stanton reading his own books had hilarious natural comic timing, which was naturalistic and appealing to kids and adults. Not even the kids loved this cd as much as the first 3. BRING BACK ANDY STANTON, his funny songs, sound effects and terrible accents. This family misses him a lot. Buy the book though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Rollason on 6 Jan. 2013
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OI... AMAZON... YOU'VE GONE TOO FAR THIS TIME

As they title says, Amazon are using reviews of the books NOT the audio cd's in the ratings for this product, the vast majority of people reviewing previous efforts would like Andy to read the books himself, including this one. I for one will not be buying this which is a real shame as we all love the ( Andy version) audio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mag on 20 Feb. 2013
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should have taken heed of others's comments. Loved the two previous aduio books with Andy Stanton (Biscuit Billionaire and Mr Gum and the Goblins) but Kate Winslett's voice of Polly was just wrong and neither of my kids wanted to listen to it even though they were stuck in the car with me talking as the alternative!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ce Linke on 17 Oct. 2012
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Brought this as a gift ! As the child I brought it for has all the others which he loves ! But on listening to this one read by Kate Winslet , I was disappointed to ! It's not the same Andy Stanton reads them better !!!!!! And puts in alot more ! Kate should stick to the acting .
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sara Cartwright on 6 May 2008
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This is a funny book. I am an 8 year old girl and I really enjoyed this. I have got the rest of the books and am reading Mr Gum and the Goblins at the moment. I would recommend this book to all capable readers both girls and boys as it is intriguing and makes you want to keep reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Siggs on 3 Jun. 2009
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This book is fantastic, and probably the best of all the Mr Gum books. It appeals to the adult sense of humour as well as childrens. My 10 year old is so keen on this series he buys them for presents for his friends.

Each chapter is fairly short which makes you want to keep turning the pages to read more.

A must have book!!
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By lulu palmer on 18 Feb. 2015
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the mr gum series takes a while to grow on you, but once it does you will love it and love reading it to your children. many many laugh out loud moments. andy stanton is really very unique, and very very funny.

we actually have the whole series already, but bought a few more for my children's uncle as we reckon he's a bit like mr gum! yeah.

many many things about this series have permeated our every day lives, and will live long into my children's adulthood i am sure
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