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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405687541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405687546
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant! Andy Stanton is far too clever and funny and should be locked away in a very dark place that nobody can find.' (Jeremy Strong) 'Worryingly splendid' (Guardian)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Andy Stanton lives in North London. He studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. He has been a film script reader, a cartoonist, an NHS lackey and lots of other things.

He has many interests, but best of all he likes cartoons, 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’. You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! was his first book and is the first in the nine part Mr Gum series.



I was born and grew up in Leicester.I studied Illustration (BA HONS) at Manchester Metropolitan University 1990 - 93.  

After my degree I travelled around Asia for 3 years.  I had an exhibition at The City Gallery in Leicester upon my return from Asia of the drawings that I did in the mountains of India and Nepal.  I then moved to London in 1997 to pursue my career. Luckily I found success as a commercial illustrator quite quickly and have illustrated campaigns for Cream, Bass, Natwest, Vodafone, Orange, Yahoo, Fiat and We Love Muzic among others.  I have also done editorials for various magazines and all the broadsheets.  I still work in the commercial arena as well as illustrating children's books.

My career in children's books started in 2006 when I was approached by Egmont to do the Mr Gum series of books.  This was a runaway success and I feel very privileged to have worked with the brilliant author Andy Stanton.  I have since illustrated the Agatha Parrot series by Kjartan Poskitt and The Donut Diaries series by Anthony McGowan.  In children's fiction I recently finished the third book of the Stinkbomb & Ketchup Face series by John Dougherty and I am currently working on the Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos, the second book of the Circus of Thieves series by William Sutcliffe.

My first picture book came out in June 2013 called Eleanor's Eyebrows by Timothy Knapman and has had some great reviews.  I have just finished illustrating my second picture book called You Can't Take An Elephant On A Bus by Patricia Cleveland Peck, publishing April 2015.

Andy Stanton and I have won a lot of awards for the Mr Gum books.  The big ones are Red House Children's Book Award, two Blue Peter book awards for Best Book With Pictures, and the first inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize Award.  We have won numerous regional awards too.

I live in South London with my partner Melanie and my three boys, Stanley, Atticus & Albert.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By C. Pocock on 29 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is so funny and mad we loved it! When we got my dad to read it out loud he started crying with laughter and couldn't speak. A great laugh!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2011
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It is not often that a book makes me laugh out loud, and even less often that it is a children's book, but having just finished reading You're a Bad Man Mr. Gum to my children I can testify that it had me in stitches to the point where I actually had to stop reading for a few minutes to compose myself.

This is a stupidly funny adventure about the grim Mr. Gum, who is rather like Mr. Twit but more erudite. Mr. Grim has to keep his garden tidy even though he hates being tidy, because if he doesn't, a bad tempered fairy smashes him round the head with a frying pan. Mr. Gum's life gets considerably more painful when Jake the huge dog takes a liking to his garden and decides to play in it. Mr Gum has to take his revenge on Jake.

There are silly jokes and daft puns and stupid characters, but the main thing I loved, and which I found funny and highly original, was the wonderful way Stanton uses language in this book. He uses a very colloquial form, which works brilliantly and just makes the whole book accessible and funny.

The book has really dynamic illustrations and not too many words on the page for those children who may be struggling with the weight of words on a page, but who want to gravitate towards something more challenging than standard picture books. I loved it, and so did my 11, 7 and 4 year old.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By L. Hutt on 4 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Antony (8) is a good but reluctant reader. We always have to ask him to read and despite lots of research into good storylines, we hadn't found a book that Antony was enthusiastic to pick up. Until Mr Gum. This really hit the spot with his sense of humour and gave him something to laugh about on nearly every page. The thing I love about this book is that there is only avg 10 lines per page (160 pages total), so the child makes fast progress through what seems like a thick book. They are really pleased with the number of pages they have read and this gives them a real sense of achievement. The best bit is the bonus story at the end. My 9 year old daughter read it in 2 nights and has asked me to pre-order the next book due out in Feb 2007. Cannot recommend enough. Well done Andy.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Peter "SurplusGamer" Silk on 5 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
If all childrens' books were this giggly, then I wouldn't have got to the adult ones yet because I'd still be happily working my way through books like this.

It's got big jokes, little jokes, jokes that you don't realise are jokes unless you pay attention, jokes that hit you over the head and say 'look at me, I'm a joke!'

Get it, and a few spares just in case one of them dies on the way home.

Looking forward to book 2...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rackstraw on 11 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
A cracking, lunatic, fast-paced, comic masterpiece. Terrifically witty, insane, stupid, clever and cheap. If everyone has a book in them waiting to get out, I hope mine is half as good as this.

Buy it. Read it. Laugh out loud. Then give it to your kids and watch them do the same.

Great stuff. And I even like the cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2013
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NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO BOOK READ BY KATE WINSLET.

Kate Winslet reads this fine book by Andy Stanton and she has done rather well.
She has a great voice but moreover she really manages to get the characterizations to convey the characters and this is no mean feat with such a weird and strange plotted book.

Now that sounds bad- what I mean to say is the story is one of those wonderful far fetched children's book with a plot you can only get away with the open minds of children or the rather more enlightened adults.
If I say that Mr. Gum hates everything, has his garden wrecked and has a fairy that lives in a bathtub you really get an inkling of what this really entertaining story gets up to.

A word of warning.
There are two audio versions.
One read by Winslet and the other by the author Andy Stanton.
If you intend to get the other two in this excellent series you may need watch out that you get the versions you actually want.Bear this in mind if you want continuity.
Mr Gum and the Goblins (BBC Audio)
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire (BBC Childrens Audio)

I must admit I have not heard the author's version myself but really thing Winslet, a talented actress has done a really good job so I can only recommend her version but I do most highly.
An entertaining book.

Niggles? Like other people why split a 78 minute reading onto to 2 discs when it could easily of been contained on one?
Other than that you are in for a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Pie on 22 Mar. 2012
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Between us, we have read lots of books but this is the best, by far! We are a Primary 4/5 class of children and were delighted when we discovered that we would be reading this book as our class topic.

You're a Bad Man Mr. Gum is about a bad man who lives in a 'grimsters' house with a 'gardeny' garden. Inside Mr. Gum's bathtub lives an angry fairy, who whacks him with a frying pan whenever his garden is messed up. The problem is, a loveable dog called Jake, visits his glorious garden every day (except Wednesdays) and he rolls on the grass, chews up the flowers and even leaves 'little gifts'. Mr. Gum plots to poison Jake with old cow hearts.

What makes the book so legendary is Andy Stanton's use of catchy catchphrases, made-up words and onomatopoeia - WHACK! He often uses unusual fonts which add a new dimension to the words he uses. The characters range from being amusing to ridiculous, making the whole book seriously funny to read. He includes songs, similes and little puzzles throughout the book, which we all loved.

Some other reviewers think that the use of inappropriate language (little gifts) is unnecessary. We agree that it is a little bit cheeky but it is funny all the same.

We would recommend this book to anyone who likes a laugh. It is an imaginative adventure in your head!

The children of P4/5 LA
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