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Mr Gum and the Goblins [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Andy Stanton , Kate Winslet
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 Goblins

Well, that old roo-de-lally Mr Gum and the hideous Billy William the Third are once more mucking things up for everyone. They’re a-schemin’ and a-hatchin’ an’ making their bad plans up on Goblin Mountain. And why? Because they’re raising up an army of goblins to stink up the town of Lamonic Bibber once and for all! Can the brave travellers (the wise old man Friday O’Leary and the small girl Polly) make it past the Three Impossible Challenges of Goblin Mountain and save the town from a fate worse than something very bad indeed? In an epic tale of courage, valour and plain idiocy only one thing is sure: The truth is a lemon meringue!

Mr Gum and the Goblins is the third 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: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (6 Sep 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1445873397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445873398
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,177 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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"The Bookseller said: 'A wickedly entertaining story for young readers... very funny and made me giggle out loud'; The Sunday Times said: 'Andy Stanton accumulates silliness and jokes in an irresistible, laughter-inducing romp'; Philip Ardagh for the Guardian said: 'Worryingly splendid'; Danny Baker from LBC Radio said: 'This is a riot, it is hilarious, it is brilliant... best book I've read in a long time.'"

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Gum does it again 2 Aug 2007
Well the long wait is over. Now we only have to wait until February for the next Gummy instalment. My kids were overjoyed to get their hands on this. To save the inevitable fighting over who would get to read it first I hid Mr Gum and the Goblins until we could read it as a family. Well all three of mine (boys aged 9 and 7 and a girl aged 6) just loved this to bits - as much as the earlier two books. I'd suggest a visit to the Mr Gum website to download the Lamonic Bibber songbook so that the true delights of the tunnel song and the radish ode can be yours. Oh and the bonus story about Granny's cardigan is an especial treat, even more so for those of us in our 40s who remember punk. No Saul Bellow jokes in this one though!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book so far! 3 Sep 2007
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Blinkin', blimmin, blimey! What a fanbtastic read, this 'un is better than the previous two, it's really funty. I read it to a crowd of children and stoned people in a Teepee in nightly installments and they kept coming back for more. I adored this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Stanton's Books Are Funty 18 Sep 2007
Shabba me whiskers I am not a great book lover im a 9 year old boy who gets easily bored but Andy Stanton knows how to electrify my brain with excitement he must be the best children's book writer EVER his words are hillariously funty, gives you great ideas for tricks and fun. And I love the way he writes as thoe he's talking so it's easy to follow. And This book is just as good as the other two stories, I can't wait unitl he brings out his next book. This is a must for all children with a sense of humour. The End . P.s My mum even likes reading his stories we have funty times together reading him. Review by Hayden Tofield Wallington
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain silly - and it grew on me! 17 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Here is the (3 star) review I wrote a year ago after first listening:
Based on other reviews I had high hopes for this CD, but was left distinctly underwhelmed.

I guess it depends on your sense of humour. I am not averse to silliness, but I like there to be something more to it than just daft voices and nonsensical wordplay. The silliness of the Pythons or Douglas Adams is usually enhanced by sly cultural references or satirical observations. This CD is just plain silly.

My girls are 6 and 13. I think the market for this CD falls somewhere in between, and possibly more aimed at boys or fans of the likes of Dick and Dom.

I cannot say there were no chuckles, but no-where near as many as I think the author was aiming for.

Now I need to eat a huge portion of humble pie. After the above review, the CD stayed in the car, and got listened to a few more times. With repetition, it grew on me enormously. I have concluded that it shares these characteristics with programmes like The Fast Show and The Young Ones. With repetition you get to know what's coming, and somehow the stupidity, the non sequiturs, the puns and the silly voices all WORK. They become hilarious.

I am now raising this to a 5-star review, because I and my daughters absolutely LOVE this CD. We even quote bits in conversation, just like Monty Python in my youth...

One note of caution: they seem to be re-releasing these stories in a new version narrated by Kate Winslet. I have heard a couple and I do not think they are anywhere near as good as Andy Stanton's own version. This review applies to his version alone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny fun ... 20 Jan 2013
By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Another hit from Stanton read by Kate Winslet.
I have listened to two previous Audio CDs of Stanton's Mr Gum read by Winslet and found them to be fun and entertaining - popular with kids too! Mr Gum and the Goblins does not disappoint - it is as mad, funny and strange as the others.
Well done Mr Stanton - I'm hoping you and Mr Gum can keep us all entertained for many years to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for family car journeys 17 Jan 2013
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Mr Gum and the Goblins

This series of books are great for children aged between 7 and 12, especially boys.

The book is read very well by Kate Winslet for this audio disc. Adult fans of silly radio shows and Monty Python will love this audio book so it is ideal for playing in the car for the whole family.

Just be prepared for your boys talking in silly voices and repeating their favourite bits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the Book 3 for the Reading 16 Jan 2013
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This is the third in Andy Stanton's series with 3 so far released in an audio version.

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire (BBC Childrens Audio)

But a quick look on Amazon and you will see there are a whole slew of Mr. Gum books.
The fact that there are a series of books generally indicates that the books are a success with their readership and indeed this is the case Andy Stanton writes great children's books with good characters.

If you read few of the reviews you will see not only do the parents sing the praises of the books but the children actually get to write reviews and that is a wonderful testament to the power of the books and characters!

Is this one any good I would say a resounding YES

but read on.

To the reading.

Once again Kate Winslet reads this third fine book by Andy Stanton and she has done an adequate job.
Now that surprised me.
The word adequate for in the previous two she did really well but there is just something about her reading here that is not up to the standard of the previous two.

Ever the professional actress, we know that she has a great voice but moreover she really manages to get the characterizations to convey the characters from her previous readings which was no mean feat with such a weird and strange plotted books.

But in this one she does not seem to be on such top form which is a disappointment for this listener.
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Published 1 month ago by miss tk pike
5.0 out of 5 stars Lotta peoples say they don't like Winslet's shriekin'
Lotta peoples say they don't like Winslet's shriekin'. Well, I doesnt's cares, so there. You all should buy this 'cause it's as well funny as something really funny that would make... Read more
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Sausages, I liked the book as much as I like sausages,which I like a lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Mr Gum!!!
Next one already waiting in my kindle library!!!
Daddy loves these books as much as Myles does :-) x x
Published 5 months ago by MISS MARIE RAMSDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars oi you trouserfaces! buy this CD it's funty!
the voice of ANdy Stanton is superb...way better than helena bonham carter (way to screechy). my son and daughter have listended to this on a loop fot months and I still don't get... Read more
Published 6 months ago by booky
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny we got told off!
this e-reader is under my dad's name, and i am actually 9 and a girl.
At school we listen to audio books, and once we listened to this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Z. Hannick
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr gum and the goblins
This book is amazing and the bit that I liked best is the bit at the end where they all have a party and I think my friends should read it too
Published 9 months ago by Amelia Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the smell
the smell of the book is amazing it smells just like paper. If you buy this book I would highly recommend you smell it first
Published 9 months ago by Robin Korwin-Kochanowski
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