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Woman Who Won Things (The Gaskitts)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
One lucky morning Mrs Gaskitt opens the post, and finds she's won a prize! Next she kisses the postman! Never mind, though - the postman is Mr Gaskitt doing his very latest job. Meanwhile Gus and Gloria get a new teacher, Mrs Plum, with silvery hair, a big smile and a huge suitcase, who's ever so helpful when things start to go missing in the classroom. And then Mrs Gaskit ...more
Unknown Binding, 80 pages
Published March 7th 2005 by Not Avail (first published April 8th 2002)
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Nov 02, 2009 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stories run simultaneously in this transistional chapter book until they literally collide. Mrs. Gaskitt, a perpetual winner of all sorts of contests, takes down her kids' substitute teacher Mrs. Plum and it's discovered that she's been robbing the community blind. Moments of cuteness, particularly a convo between the family's cat and a guinea pig at the school pet show. It was ok.
This book has it all; a busy mom who wins all kinds of things, a father who has many different jobs, bickering cats, and a sweet granny for a substitute teacher who may be a theif. It was fun to see my kids picking up the hints that Mrs. Plum might be the one who was behind all the items going missing at school.
There are some fun elements to this mystery (a doormat whose message changes depending on the circumstances), but overall this book has way too much going on for transitional readers. The illustrations text layout do not match the complexities of the story.

There are two plot lines which run simultaneously and ultimately collide: a mystery in which things keep going missing at an elementary school and Mrs. Gaskitt's sweepstakes wins. Several concepts are difficult for young children and there is
May 03, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Fun story with a busy plot and silly asides (gotta love British humor!) We enjoyed reading this book together, although it can be a bit difficult to read aloud with all the different interruptions and scattered dialogue. The illustrations are great, and our youngest pointed out the book cover for The Man Who Wore All His Clothes in one of the scenes. We also made a connection with another book, although I suppose it was inadvertent. When Horace and Morris were thinking of other names that rhymed ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Fun read for kids moving into chapter books. Lots of silliness but perfect for 2nd/3rd grade. Would probably make a fun read aloud as well. (The series came recommended by a friend's daughter.)
Mar 15, 2014 Mollie rated it really liked it
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Fantastic children's story, you can't fault it
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Fun mystery and adventures of the twins, while their parents are otherwise occupied.
Margaret Muirhead
Also the Cat Who Got Carried Away, and The Children Who Smelled a Rat, and the Man Who Wore Too Many Clothes. We love all books Ahlberg.
Oct 28, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little story line. Great book for beginning chapter book readers. Entertaining plot to keep children interested.
Kate B
Jun 03, 2015 Kate B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gaskitts books are a good next step for early readers who are reader for a slightly longer book.
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Allan Ahlberg, one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books - including the best-selling Jolly Postman series - says that he dreamed of becoming a writer since the age of twelve. But his route to that goal was somewhat circuitous.

Other jobs along the way included postman (not an especially jolly one, he recalls), gravedigger, plumber, and teacher.

The author wrote his firs
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