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Product details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd (25 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842999052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842999059
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,778 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.


Acclaim:

'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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"Andy Stanton, author of the wonderful Mr Gum series, has produced a little gem in Sterling And The Canary. Aimed at the pre-teen market, it is published by the excellent Barrington Stoke publishers and labelled 'dyslexia friendly' so has all the line spacing and friendly print to assist struggling readers. But what is best - for any reader - it is that Sterling And The Canary is a highly readable and very funny tale. The basic premise is that Sterling Thaxton is in love, absolutely besotted, with Lizzie Harris, the beautiful new girl at school. His failed attempts to win her affections - there are comedy rain clouds over him whenever he gets his heart broken - anchor the plot but as usual with Stanton it is the witty language that will have kids laughing. At one point, Sterling 'flopped around the house like a bored pancake'. Sterling ends up enlisting the help of a talking canary to get the girl - setting up some wonderful scenes as he tries to woo Lizzie. It's all wrapped up in a clever and positive ending. First class stuff." --Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. He has since worked as a stand-up comedian, a film script reader, a cartoonist, an NHS lackey. His Mr Gum Books for Egmont have won widespread acclaim and numerous awards including the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Award. He lives in North London.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hanks on 8 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Andy Stanton is the author of my favourite Mr Gum Books, check out You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!.

Sterling and the Canary is all about Sterling Thaxton's attempts to get new girl Lizzie Harris to go out with him. A fairly standard sort of plot, but it's the language that makes the story fizz. Sterling "flopped around the house like a bored pancake", brilliant!

There are some great recurring jokes too. It starts raining every time Lizzie breaks Sterling's heart.

There is a super ending. With the the help of the Canary, Sterling realises what he actually wants has been right under his nose all along.

It feels like a modern take on a fable. I had to re-read it immediately, it's the sort of book you have to read twice!

It's a hard book to review, I had to go back and take out a lot of my 'ironic' exclamation marks! I really like the way Andy Stanton writes. As you read the words just flow, but you can tell it is very carefully crafted. I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dudley on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is brilliant! It keeps the interest of the reader and children love it. Very funny and a great read for all new free readers.
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I found this book immensely irritating - from the name of the girl Doctor Edward Macintosh to the descriptions of Lizzie Harris with her hair - the colour of magic and a nose as sweet as music. I think I'm getting old!! Being a BArrington Stoke, the text is clear and simple, aimed at engaging the more reluctant reader. There are also lots of full page B&W line drawings interspersed with the text
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 20 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Sterling is pretty cool and is quite astonished when the new girl in school, Lizzie, doesn't want to go out with him. His reliable friend, a young lady with the amazing name - Doctor Edward Macintosh - tries to help, but Lizzie seems to keep moving the goalposts. You need to read the book to discover how Doctor Edward Macintosh got her strange name, what happens when Lizzie finally agrees to go out with Sterling and exactly how the canary got involved!

This book is a real gem for slightly older readers who struggle with longer books. The story is amusing with a lovely ending.
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