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Everything's Amazing (sort of) (Tom Gates)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2012
My 9 year old son absolutely loves this book! He is a huge fan of all of the Tom Gates books but this one is his favourite. On Book Day he took it to school and told all of his friends how good it is and now they all love it as well. He is like a one boy publicity machine for Liz Pichon! Brilliantly funny and genuinely laugh out loud it is one of the few books that his Dad and I don't mind reading over and over again, which is just as well as my son is showing no sign of tiring of it! I cannot recommend this book enough it is quite simply wonderful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2012
This book had my 10 year old son in absolute hysterics. He absolutely loved it . Although a rather reluctant reader he hardly put this down until he had completed it. This book is highly recommended, if your child enjoys David Walliams books he/she will love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2013
Great reading for adults and children, the first books I have come across that has both me and my son in fits of giggles
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on 14 July 2015
I've got a 10 year old who despises reading, I've tried every book under the sun to get him interested with no luck. Then one day we were at a book sale and Tom Gates was the only book he could afford so he bought it and straight away his head was glued into the book. I couldn't believe it so I came on here and bought a few more for him all of which he has loved and read numerous times. It's a fun interesting book for kids that doesn't make them feel like they are doing a chore. I'll be buying the rest of them for Christmas presents and just know he will love them.

Excellent price for a child engaging book, would happily pay twice the price for these.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the third in the Tom Gates series, of which there are currently five.

This book was the subject of our school book club this week, and lots of the children who attended had either already read it, or had read other Tom Gates' books. There wasn't a single child there who had read them who didn't enjoy them, and the books fly off of our school library shelves as soon as they are put back by a previous reader. We could do with at least twenty copies of each book to keep up with the demand.

I have read the first three, and can see why the children like them so much. They are easy to read with minimal text, plenty of white space on the page and lots of drawings. The drawings are all very amusing, and also easy to emulate if you are a fan. The stories bounce along at a great pace and there is never a dull moment in Tom's life. He is a likeable character who is also believable (the children were amazed when I pointed out that the author was actually a lady).

Nothing too exciting happens in any of the books, Tom gets homework, does battle with his teachers, annoys his sister, does battle with his parents, hangs out with his friends. Each book has a core 'story' but they are not particularly strong. In this one, the main narrative is that it is Tom's birthday, but there are lots of little details and hiccups along the way that stretch the story out, and also make it interesting, despite how it sounds when you try to describe what happens.

Children who love Diary of a Wimpy Kid love these books. I hate Wimpy Kid, but I love Tom Gates. I'd rather my school kids were reading Tom Gates over Wimpy Kid any day of the week, so I'm delighted they're so popular. Long may it last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2013
I bought this for our son's 9th birthday & he loved it. He couldn't put it down & has since read a couple of the other Tom Gates books.
He prefers it to the Wimpy Kid books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY 9 YEAR OLD SON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY AND HE COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN, IT REALLY MOTIVATED HIM TO READ AND HE HAS READ ALL 3 OF THE TOM GATES COLLECTION. I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM LAUGH OUT LOAD WITH ANY OTHER BOOK, INFACT I GOT HIM TO READ PARTS OUT LOUD TO ME BECAUSE IT SOUNDED SO FUNNY!!!! HE'S NOW WAITING FOR NUMBER 4 TO BE PUBLISHED. A GREAT PRESENT AND SO CHEAP!!!
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on 20 April 2012
this is an exellent book and i would reccommend it to anyone aged 9-11 who is looking for a light and easy read. it is a very realistic and interesting story of a schoolboy in year 5/6 and is just as good as the other diary books like 'diary of a wimpy kid' if not better. l pichon is a fantastic author who has succeded in making an interesting and funny story out of an ordinary school situation. it is clear that the author understands the unrealistic normality of school life and has been able to turn this into a good read without mixing in unrealistic situations. 5 stars.
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on 17 April 2012
Everything's Amazing (sort of) (Tom Gates)
My son loves the Tom Gates books and this one kept him quiet all Easter Monday! They are very similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a must for any self respecting nine year old. Make sure you read all the series though as bits of the story follow on from the previous books - if you only read this one you will not understand all the jokes. Right I'm off to make some Toast Doodles now...you'll have to read it to see what I'm on about!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
This book is exellent for people from age five-eleven. I think it is perfectly good.It is all written like a diary.
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