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You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! [Paperback]

Andy Stanton , David Tazzyman
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Book Description

7 Aug 2006 Mr Gum (Book 1)

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.

You’re A Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Good evening. Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. This book’s all about him. And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl called Polly and an evil, stinky butcher all covered in guts. And there’s heroes and sweets and adventures and EVERYTHING.

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! is the first 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!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jelly Pie (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405223103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405223102
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,789 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

Product Description


"'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.

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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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're a Bad Man Mr Gum 29 Aug 2006
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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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to hook your child on books 4 Dec 2006
By L. Hutt
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 28 Feb 2011
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggle 5 Aug 2006
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny for kids, hilarious for adults 11 Aug 2006
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever read 20 Jan 2009
This is such a good book. Its so funny. My 9 year old daughter really loved it and couldnt stop laughing at the way Andy Stanton wrote about Mr Gum and how he mixes everything up. It was a joy to read as you just didnt know what was going to happen next. We cant wait to read some of the others. The best childrens writer since Roald Dahl. Absolutely brilliant
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shabba-tastic! 22 Aug 2008
By busymum
There is marital disharmony in our house since these books first entered our lives. We argue over who is putting our daughter to bed because we BOTH want to read the next few chapters to her! Forget the kids! These books are great! 6 year old daughter also adores the books and thinks Andy Stanton is mad and funny. She has just re-read all the books to herself and can't wait for the next one. Her new party trick is reciting Polly's name in full. Read it, you'll understand. See Also:Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire Mr. Gum and the Goblins Mr Gum and the Power Crystals
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Gum talks! 17 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
We've had this CD a little over a week. My three children (2 boys aged 9 and 8 and a girl aged 6) can recite huge chunks of it. They already loved the Mr Gum books but this adds a whole new dimension. There are songs to be sung (don't forget the ostrich noises!) and sound effects to marvel at. I wondered how the title would work in audio, given that the books are such visual treats but I needn't have feared. My three have listened to it in the car but also, and this is rare with an audio book, in the house. I am hoping that the other two Mr Gum titles will quickly follow in audio.
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1.0 out of 5 stars the pages of both books were dirty with black powdery smears on many...
Ordered two books on the same day, the pages of both books were dirty with black powdery smears on many pages, very , very dissapointed .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Asome
I really liked it a lot and I'm 8
Years name is freya I love this book fantastic :)
Published 5 days ago by sian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for silly adults
Brilliant story. Very funny.
Published 6 days ago by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr gum
To short for my liking but amazing anyway
I bet mr gum and the biscuit billionaire is even more amazing
Published 24 days ago by Peter Guest
5.0 out of 5 stars You're a Good Read, Mr Gum.
I've read this again and again... Even my kids like it! ;-)
Published 26 days ago by Julian Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
You should read this book because it is funny and exciting.
This is a good book to start of with because it is the first book of the series and over all it is brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Alexander Kenneth Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome mr gum
This book was awsome it was so funny I just want to read it all over again! Thankyou Andy and david
Published 1 month ago by oliverandhiskindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant kids book
Brilliant kids book , I bought 3 more after this one and they're all excellent, the kids love 'em. Great characters and the stories bowl along, often interrupted with hilarious... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars mr gum
it was good i love every bit of it and i am going to read it again and again till i know word for word
Published 2 months ago by g
3.0 out of 5 stars In the image of Dahl, but not as good
We read this to our 5 year old, and he enjoyed it, but it doesn't have quite same magic as Roald Dahl, which is the nearest comparison I can make. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. A. F. Turner
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