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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (7 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405223103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405223102
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,414 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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54 of 54 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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22 of 22 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 45 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Munro on 11 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a story about Mr Gum who is a very bad man who hates children! We, in Jay Class, thought that the story was fantastic and funny (or funty). We loved the bits with the entrails in. They made good missiles. We liked the present that Jake, the big whopper of a dog, left on Mr Gum's garden (poo!). The story made us feel happy and alive. You must read it NOW!!! In Jay Class, we have all found out that THE TRUTH IN A LEMON MERINGUE!! Go and buy this book right now.

From Jay Class, St.Philips Primary school, Bath
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Rollason on 30 Dec. 2012
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Ok, i know lots of these newer 4 and 5 star reviews are probably by people who havent heard Andy read them himself but having heard both, honestly, there is no comparison. My son got " yr a bad man" read by Ms Winslet by mistake for xmas and we are used to hearing a( borrowed) copy of the original.
It was painful listening. Why replace Andy's top impressions OF HIS OWN CHARACTERS with awful "comedy" accents of her own? Where are the cheesy effects and music? Where has the humour gone?? Its as dull as dishwater and she sounds embarrassed herself tbh so no wonder she gabbles her way through it,and when she started singing i pressed eject. I imagine " Mr Publisher" heard that "Kate" loves the books and reads them to her kids and scented an opportunity to sell the CD's AGAIN to people who haven't heard the originals... well.... it sucks... we want Andy back and i for one aint buying any more till he reads them so there and thats my final word on the matter.
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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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