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You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! (Mr. Gum #1)

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Mr. Gum may be the nastiest man on Earth, but he has the tidiest, greeniest, floweriest, gardeniest garden in the world - that is, until a giant whopper of a dog named Jake destroys it in a fit of doggy joy. In retaliation, Mr. Gum hatches one of his astonishingly evil plots, involving some poisonous meat, and soon - very soon - things will get uglier than Mr. Gum in his

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Published February 19th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2006)
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Malbadeen
I haven't genuinely laughed at a book, like I did with this one in a long time. It was completely absurd and completely fun. My kids loved it too and are now walking around exclaiming "The truth is a lemon meringue!" and calling each other "meddling chowder faces" both of which will make sense once you read the book...actually they wont make anymore sense but will be funny and make you also want to say them.

I highly recommend the audio as it's worth it to hear the author read the "secret bonus
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Mark Lawrence
I get to read a lot of children's books in my 3rd job as carer for my very disabled 8 year old, Celyn. She can't see well or play, so stories is where it's at.

Mr Gum is a wildly random tale of a positively Dahlian nasty-old-man. The humour has a Python-esque feel to it and delights in running along abstract corridors of word association.

It's silly, surreal, often abstract, did I mention silly? And it works enough of the time to pull you through the book and deliver the promised good time.

Not an
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 22, 2014 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Well, that was ridiculous.
Susan
خییییییلی ناز بود.خیلی پسندیدم.یاد رولد دال افتادم.همان قدر که از جودی دمدمی متنفرم واسه لوس بودنش،عاشق اینم واسه لوس نبودنش!خیلی هنر می خواد اینجوری نوشتن و به بیراهه ی بی مزگی نرفتن.خیلی ناز بود و می تونم یک"چنین کنند بزرگان" برای کودکان بخونمش:)
(البته بر همگان واضح و مبرهن است که وجه اشتراک این دو خنده دار بودنشونه و بس)
البته به یه بچه ی هشت ساله که دادم بخونتش،چون شوخی بعضی جاهاشو نمی فهمید به اندازه ی من خوشش نیومد ولی اونم پسندید.
عالی بود.
بهترین قسمتش هم فصل چای خوردن آقای گام بود:)))
Crow
Nov 22, 2010 Crow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes Roald Dahl and craziness
You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum is one of the funniest books I've read. The first time I read it I was reading it to myself, but I did read my mom the really funny bits. So inevitably I ended up reading it all to her. In my opinion, it's funnier than The Twits. Don't get me wrong-- I LOVE Roald Dahl, it's just that the Twits are the crazy ones and the rest of the world is fairly normal in respect to there are not little girls called Peter and the Twits don't have to keep their garden tidy or an angry f ...more
Hugh Stuart
Oct 10, 2011 Hugh Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is a book designed for 8 or 9 year olds I found myself laughing out loud all the way through at the glorious language employed. Definitely in the vein of Roald Dahl or other absurdists like Spike Milligan this is the first in a series of books about the antics and misadventures of an ageing misanthrope known only as Mr Gum. He's the sort of larger than life character that children will love and if read aloud to the class you'll have trouble controlling them afterwards! He is des ...more
Alison
This book made me laugh out loud. It is the incredibly funny story of the complete horror Mr Gum, who has "two bloodshot eyes that stared out at you like an octopus curled up in a bad cave", who has a filthy house but a lovely garden. He's not a keen gardener, but is whacked with a frying pan by the fairy who lives in his bathtub if it gets untidy. A lovely big dog- Jake, who is "as friendly as toast"- takes a liking for rolling around in Mr Gum's garden and leaving him "presents" on the grass, ...more
Jenni Joru
Jan 13, 2016 Jenni Joru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kolmosneloset
Herra Gummin puutarha on erittäin kukkaisa ja puutarhainen, toisin kuin talo, joka on ällöttävä haiseva läävä. Syynä on kylpymmeen viemäriaukossa asuva raivokas keiju, joka hakkaa herra Gummin, jos hän ei koko ajan raada puutarhassa.

Tämä kirja ilahdutti minua aidosti. Se on älytön. Siinä ei ole järkeä. Niin kuin elämässä yleensäkään. Pahat ovat pahoja. Hyvät ovat kuin sateenkaaren alla olevia hohtavia hedelmämakeisille tuoksuvia yksisarvisia. Ja Jaakko-koira, joka tulee ja sotkee Gummin puutarh
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Sabera
Feb 09, 2013 Sabera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Gum is indeed a bad man! He poisons dogs, hates little children and even picks his nose and eats his bogies! To make matters worse he is grumpy all the time too. But he has the “prettiest, greeniest, floweriest, gardeniest garden” in the world (if he does not keep the garden tidy then the fairy that lives in his bathtub will hit him over the head with a frying pan!) But along comes Jake the giant dog who destroys Mr. Gum’s garden leaving him to plot evil plans that involve poisonous meat. Bu ...more
Daniel
Sep 11, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a series about Mr Gum. Mr Gum is not a friendly character and he doesn’t like children, or many people for that matter. Throughout the plot, the heroes attempt to stop him being bad which leads to lots of laughs along the way.

Mr Gum has a horrible and messy house but has to keep the garden tidy or the fairy will come and whack him with a frying pan. One day Jake the dog comes into his garden and destroys his hard work which leads to him being hit several times. Mr Gum
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Sarri
Feb 23, 2016 Sarri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Äh. kakka- ja nonsensehuumorin ystävien napakymppi. Tarkkaavainen lukija huomaa, mitä on odotettavissa, sillä ensilehdelle on painettu kärpäsiä kuhisevia kakkakasoja sekä ketsuppipulloja. Tällä kertaa yllätin pikku tosikon itsessäni, sillä kirjan "huumori" (view spoiler) ei jaksanut kauan huvittaa. Plussaa ilmavasti sijoitetusta tekstistä ja suu ...more
Mark
May 12, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Son just finished reading this to us and my first remark is that they certainly did not have books like this when I was a kid. We all had a thoroughly good time with it. The author was a stand-up comedian and the sense of humour and comic timing is clearly in evidence. The story, whilst being hilarious, is surreal to the point of being inexplicable in parts. This doesn't bother the kids though - they love it. I think the trick as an adult is to embrace your inner child, which is a pretty good ...more
Sam Hopper
Jan 15, 2013 Sam Hopper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title implies, ‘You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!’ by Andy Stanton is a story about the horror that is Mr Gum, a fierce old man who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. It is a funny and bizarre tale that takes place in town called Lamonic Bibber where Mr Gum, who lives in a dump of a house, is forced to keep his garden tidy or face the wrath of a bad tempered fairy that lives in his bath tub. When a massive whopper of a dog plays in his garden and leaves it in a mess, Mr Gum plans r ...more
Betsy
Mar 16, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children's books about miserly, nasty, no good, rotten old men go one of two ways. Either the old man is redeemed at the end and Tiny Tim lives, etc. etc. or you get to the end of the book and the miserly, nasty, no good, rotten old man hasn't changed a jot. He's just been thwarted. A kind of Count Olaf ending, if you will. The nice thing about Andy Stanton's Mr. Gum books is that they're written with a two-dimensional villain in place with whom you never, at any point, sympathize. Stanton is a ...more
Jennifer
May 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Gum is a nasty man, “an absolute lazer who couldn’t be bothered with niceness and tidying and brushing his teeth”. His house is a complete mess. But he has the “prettiest, greeniest, floweriest, gardeniest garden”. This is not, however, because he enjoys gardening, but due to the frying pan wielding fairy living in his bath who whacks him if the garden isn’t perfect. This first book of the series sees Mr Gum hatching a plan to poison Jake the dog, who loves to roll around in the garden. Can P ...more
Patrick Coman
Mr. Gum is a book by Alan Stanton with illustartions by David Tazzyman
Mr Gum is a nasty man, “an absolute lazer who couldn’t be bothered with niceness and tidying and brushing his teeth”. His house is a complete mess. But he has the “prettiest, greeniest, floweriest, gardeniest garden”. This is not, however, because he enjoys gardening, but due to the frying pan wielding fairy living in his bath who whacks him if the garden isn’t perfect. This first book of the series sees Mr Gum hatching a plan
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Emad Khoddam
May 19, 2016 Emad Khoddam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یه کتاب فوق العاده در سبک طنز جوان . حتما حتما حتما به کسانی که به سبک طنز علاقه مند هستند پیشنهاد میشه . بیش از آنچه که فکر میکنید کتابی زیبا ، پرسخن و طناز هستش .
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emad

آقای گام! شما بدجنسید by Andy Stanton
Andy Stanton
Marike
You’re a bad man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman

Oh this is a fun book. Probably aimed at children of about 8 years. It is FUNNY in an outrageous manner and the pictures are wonderful absurd and the language also wonderful. I really enjoyed it (even though I have no 8 year olds in my life).

Mr Gum is a very bad man. Ach, let me introduce him as the book does:
Good evening. Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob.

There is also an evi
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Class 10
Oct 29, 2014 Class 10 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
In the book there's a teacher called Mr Gum and he hates children.His house Is a pig sty there's lot of pizza on the floor, news paper from two years ago. But his backyard was fantastic garden was perfect and perfect all the time. But it was only tidy and perfect because when it was a mess a fairy would come and smash him in the head with a frying pan. A dog called Jake came into the yard one day and messed up his garden. Jake kept coming every day. Jake wouldn't mess up the garden on purpose, H ...more
Julia Simpson
Jul 22, 2014 Julia Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super fun!
Anu
Ihan ok. Poika (11v) tykkäsi äitiä enemmän ja lukin pikapikaa koko sarjan. Suuresti huvitti mm. luku nimeltä Herra Gummi juo kupillisen teetä, jossa herra Gummi joi kupillisen teetä. Piste. Myös ystävämme Pollyn sivun mittainen oikea nimi aiheutti hepulin. Kirjassa leikitään sillä mitä ja miten voi ja ei voi kirjoittaa. Kirjallisuuden konventioista ja koulun tiukoista ainekirjoitussäännöistä mennään raamit kaulassa ryskytellen sekä yli, ali, että läpi.
Suvi
Mar 26, 2014 Suvi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vinkattavat
Hehee, herra Gummi olikin hauska pätkäisy lukea. Vaikka mukana on vakavia aiheita (koiran myrkyttäminen), on kaikki kuitenkin päällisin puolin niin kepeää, että tätä voi rauhallisin mielin suositella kolmosista ylöspäin.

Plussaa paistinpannulla mätkivästä kiukkuisesta keijusta.

lukupätkä 14-15.
Reetta Saine
Aug 11, 2014 Reetta Saine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kakrut, keijut, huumori, 2014
Tein oikein ja luin tämän lapsille iltakirjana. Toimii ääneenluettuna, ja kymppivuotias putosi sohvalta naurusta. Olkoon se neljännen tähden syy. Mitään järkeähän tässä ei sinänsä ole, mutta "jossain kaukana haukkui kana".
Markku Kesti
Jul 01, 2014 Markku Kesti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lapset, keijut, huumori
Hauskahan tämä on ja vinkkaukseen riittää varmasti lukupätkä, jossa selitetään miksi ilkeä, laiska ja kaikin puolin tympeä mölli pitää puutarhansa priimakunnossa.
Claire Cheeseman
A class favorite - brilliant read a loud and read again book for primary ch'n
Tara
Oct 12, 2015 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my 2nd grader, and we both enjoyed it. My older children heard snippets and were laughing out loud. There is a lot of tongue in cheek, word play, and overall silliness to this book. Seriously funny! The book is about a grumpy man named Mr. Gum who only keeps his garden nice because a fairy will hit him if he doesn't. Along comes a giant dog, that everyone in the neighborhood think is good luck, who likes to play around in gardens. The writing style is reminiscent of Pseudonym ...more
Niina
Mar 16, 2014 Niina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Konventionaalinen, sitä tämä kirja ei ole!
Hulvaton, absurdi, kokeileva kyllä.
Vaikka en ole vieläkään lukenut yhtäkään Kapteeni Kalsaria, voisin kuvitella suosittelevani tätä sen ystäville. Tämä vain on todennäköisesti parempi ja brittiläishuumorisempi.
Teksti on suurta ja sitä on sivulla mukavan vähän. Lähes joka aukeamalla on myös kuvitusta.

Hassua muuten, että Jaana Kapari-Jatalta ilmestyy peräkanaa kaksi keltakantisen brittilastenkirjan käännöstä, joissa on hieman negatiivissävytteinen herra ni
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Raihana
Apr 23, 2015 Raihana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Raihana by: Min Hoon
Shelves: children
Exceedingly funny, the Mr Gum series written by Andy Stanton is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's style. Recommended for boys aged 7-9 yos, with interest in simple chapter books.

Here is a sample from the first book 'You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum':
Mr Gum was a fierce old man with a red beard and two bloodshot eyes that stared out at you like an octopus curled up in a bad cave.He was a complete horror who hated children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. What he liked was snoozing in bed all day, being lone
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Sarah
Jul 11, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is genius. It appeals to children on so many levels and is one of those stories which adults can find humour in at the same time. Very young children may not appreciate some of the word play and comedy but this book would certainly be enjoyable and hilarious to children around 8 to 11/12 years old.

Mr Gum is a mean old man who finds delight in being as horrible as possible and scowling at things. Although his house is a mess inside, his garden is the 'prettiest, greenist, floweriest, ga
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Simon Aldous
Jun 07, 2013 Simon Aldous rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy Stanton's Mr Gum books are funny, surreal and quite unlike anything else I've read. Mr Gum lives in the town of Lamonic Bibber, being unpleasant to all its residents, but living in terror of an angry fairy who insists he keeps his garden beautifully tidy - and attacks him with a frying pan if he doesn't. This presents problems when a dog called Jake decides he loves nothing better than to dig up Mr Gum's garden, and so Mr Gum decides to poison Jake. A girl called Polly gets wind of his plan ...more
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“Well thank you, me old gobbler,' said Mr. Gum handing over some money that Billy William would later discover to be made out of lies and broken promises.” 10 likes
“[from The One and Only Official Mr. Gum Official Glossary That Tells You What Words Mean by Explaining Them Using Other Words] :

Cups of tea: People in England are always drinking cups of tea. "Oh let's have a cup of tea " they say. "That will prove we are English and not American." Sometimes American people try to have cups of tea to pretend they are English but forget it We can always tell you are faking it”
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