You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! Paperback – 7 Aug 2006
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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
(REVIEWS FOR THE VILLIAINOUSLY FUNNY MR GUM)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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...
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.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bonkers! One I shared with my son, as an audiobook.
He loved it, but I could see he wasn't used to such unusual narration or storytelling. Read more
You're a bad man mr gum is a very good book but is a bit sad as well. I would like to say that this book is something a lot more people should read and enjoy.
By Stanley. Read more
Mr Gum is a horrible man who lives in "Grimstir" house. In his messy bathroom, an angry fairy lives in his bath. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
We enjoyed this book, but at one point (I won't spoil, but it's to do with the dog) my son was in tears. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lucinda Blanchard author of Swaying
Fantastic book. My 7, nearly 8 year old son was in hysterics reading parts of this and was eager to read by himself which he doesn't readily do with fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zoe Winter
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