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You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! Paperback – 7 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (7 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405223103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405223102
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'My kids are reading the Mr Gum books. SO GREAT' - Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 DJ, TV presenter, author and comedienne

'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, bestselling author of The-Hundred-A-Mile-An-Hour Dog

'They're properly funny, those books' - India Knight, bestselling author of My Life on a Plate

'Funny? You bet' - Guardian

'Andy Stanton accumulates silliness and jokes in an irresitible, laughter-inducing romp' - Sunday Times

'Raucous, revoltingly rambunctious and nose-snortingly funny' - Daily Mail

'It provoked long and painful belly laughs from my daughter who is eight' - Daily Telegraph

'As always, Stanton has a ball with dialogue, detail and devilish plot twists' - Scotsman

'They are fantastic...they are brilliant books for adults to read as well... I fully recommend them' - Zoe Ball live on BBC Radio 2

'A riotous read' - Sunday Express

 

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About the Author

Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. Before becoming a children’s writer he was a film script reader, a market researcher, an NHS lackey, a part-time sparrow and a grape. Today he is best-known for the hilarious and much-loved Mr Gum books, which are published in 34 countries worldwide in over 30 languages. The series has won numerous awards, including the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children’s Book Award and two Blue Peter Book Awards.

Featuring a cast of weird and wonderful characters, the brilliantly anarchic Mr Gum adventures have become must-reads for children everywhere. Well, probably not in space - but everywhere else. In 2016, You’re A Bad Man, Mr Gum! celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be published as an Egmont Modern Classic.

Andy Stanton lives in North London. He has many interests, but best of all he likes books, comedy and music (even jazz). His favourite expression is ‘good evening’ and his favourite word is ‘captain’. So now you know!


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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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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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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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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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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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My 6 year old is loving this book! Now, he's an advanced reader so I wouldn't expect every 6 year old to be able to read it, but nonetheless he has been glued to it every day since I bought it for him. He especially enjoys the little jokes in the book like a chapter about having a cup of tea consisting of one sentence where Mr Gum has a cup of tea, as well as the joke about blank pages at the end of the book, where you are told in many successive pages that these are blank pages and there is not a secret story at the back of the book and to stop looking for one, you eventually find the secret story. I'm almost certain that once he has finished this book, I will be buying more Mr Gum books (this is his first). Highly recommended!
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The idea of a truly repulsive main character isn't exactly a new concept. Roald Dahl springs to mind as the creator of many such characters - and he did it with far more style, subtlety and evocative use of language. Dahl was interested in triggering, fuelling and promoting the development of childrens' imaginations. Andy Stanton leaves nothing to imagination and prefers instead to go for the throat with a noticeably crude use of language. Although the story IS funny, it is clearly aimed at children who just want the guts and gore and dirt without any desire for subtlety. These are stories for children who want to be shown and told everything without having to imagine it for themselves. The constant use of unnecessary sound effects and fragments of music can also become both unnecessary and intrusive. What's the matter with listeners (like readers) being encouraged, through language, to develop their own 'pictures in the mind'? Does every little event have to be backed up by an illustrative sound effect?

BUT - when it comes to reading his own story - there lies the most serious weakness of this CD. Sorry, but the producers should have hired someone who can REALLY bring characters to life. Stanton reads quite quickly with few inflections or attempts to enliven his story with much characterisation. You have only to listen to and compare the likes of Tony Robinson, Martin Jarvis or Stephen Fry as readers of other peoples' stories to hear and know what I mean. Had the actual reading been better, I'd probably have awarded 3 stars.

If you want to hear what good reading can sound like when childrens' stories are recorded, try these ...

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