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The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (Tom Gates #1)

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All Tom Gates wants to do is get tickets to see his favourite band when they come to town. It's not easy when he's up against Delia, his weirdo big sister. All of his plans seem to get him into major trouble!
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Scholastic
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Queen I guess it depends what type of book you like. It's best for maybe 5-8 year olds, as the writing style is very simple and although it's a large book,…moreI guess it depends what type of book you like. It's best for maybe 5-8 year olds, as the writing style is very simple and although it's a large book, there are more pictures than writing. To be honest, I don't like them myself but my little brother who never reads anything, asked for the whole series for his birthday. You either love it, or you hate it.(less)
Queen @Julia Marcinkowska Yes but Asda doesn't always stock the same things... @Aya Ferraq Generally the books in this series are about 7 or at least here…more@Julia Marcinkowska Yes but Asda doesn't always stock the same things... @Aya Ferraq Generally the books in this series are about £7 or at least here in Scotland they are. I suggest actually looking for it online?(less)
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Jennifer Rayment
Nov 14, 2012 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
Jake's Review: A really funny book that is a lot like Diary of a Wimpy Kid except for the fact that Tom is a lot cooler of a kid. The beginning of the book was lame but it got a lot better after about 20 pages. It is a really easy book to read so kids like Brian who don't like to read will actually like to read a book. The pictures make it fun to look at too. I didn't understand some of the words, but after mom showed me the glossary at the end, I could figure them out. I really think it would b ...more
Sahal Sajeer
Jan 08, 2015 Sahal Sajeer rated it it was amazing
Meet Tom Gates. He's an ordinary 10 year old who has deep passion in Art, Music, Excuses, annoying sisters (such as Delia) and Amy Porter(his crush). He dislikes Marcus Maldrew, Delia, Teachers and School. But the thing is, in order to impress Amy Porter and get those Dude3 (his favorite band) concert tickets, he has to be on a good behavior and at the same time keep his school profile chill. His Band, the Dog Zombies, play their first act and it turns out... well I don't want to spoil it. Follo ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
This was another book on the list for 'Book Day' at work, and another one that I wasn't looking forward to. Last year I had to read 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and I really didn't like it. I can see the appeal for children - it's quick and easy to read, but to me there was no substance, I was afraid this book would follow the trend.
Wow, was I wrong. Tom Gates is instantly likeable, he has a great sense of humour, his drawings make me smile and the book just grabs your attention.
There is a storyline t
Dec 26, 2015 Ben added it
Amazing pictures
Aug 26, 2014 Ella rated it it was amazing
I loved it!! I have read the book over and over again. It never gets old! I would defiantly recomend it.
Oct 19, 2015 Traci rated it liked it
Cute start to a series about Tom Gates, a fifth year student who loves to draw, has a crush on one of his classmates, and is perpetually late to school (and always blames his older sister, Delia, for his tardiness).

Someone had said in an Amazon review that this was the British version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I beg to differ. I tried a few of the Wimpy Kid books, and didn't care for them at all. OK, there are similarities here: two boys of about the same age, boys who have siblings who torment t
Apr 05, 2015 Arja rated it liked it
Shelves: lapset, teinit
Pidin enemmän kuin Timi Möhläristä ja Nipasta mutta miksi näissä kirjoissa on niin paljon sivuja. Tämäkin menisi heikolle lukijalle vielä paremmin jos yhdestä kirjasta olisi vaikka tehty kaksi. Koska ei nämä himolukijoiden juttu ole.
Feb 17, 2015 Elsie rated it liked it
If you are a dairy of a wimpy kid fan this is for you! Great book filled with comedy, courage and art and a very easy quick read. Great for any of those who are young readers and any grown up!! I think I would give this book a 4/5!
Stacey Kym
Feb 03, 2016 Stacey Kym rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ya-2016
*sigh* What can I say about 'The Brilliant World of Tom Gates'? It reminded me A LOT of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'!! Except the character was in primary school instead of high school (or middle school for those living in America) and his storytelling/writing was even more horrible than Greg's! Plus, not only was he selfish, simple-minded, ridiculous and annoying but he was even more of a typical boy than Greg could ever be - and that's saying something! I felt so sorry for Tom's sister, who the dude ...more
May 09, 2015 Rstolworthy4 rated it really liked it
Tom Gates wanted to see a concert his favorite band Dude3 was preforming. So his parents bought him the tickets he was dreaming for, and his friend Derek had gotten a dog, who later had chewed up his tickets! So, at this point Tom was desperate, he starting begging for tickets when he found someone he didn't expect to be there, his teacher. Tom hated this teacher especially seeing him outside of school, or so he thought.. his teacher ended up being the one to get Tom front row seats!
The Brillian
Feb 20, 2015 Rkhan8 rated it really liked it
Tom Gates is a lazy and not careful person about education. He wants his band to become as successful as the "Dude 3" because they are his biggest admiration. His dreams are dashed because of his poor lacking learning habits in school. Tom Gates is determined to keep trying even though his grades are really bad. But maybe thinking what's right might turn out out to be bad. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is about determination, love and admiration.
Amir Yeager
May 26, 2013 Amir Yeager rated it it was amazing
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is a boy that goes through the troubles of life and school and problems. He lies to his teachrs and parens and that puts him in tighter situations sometimes. H gets caught cheating and lying and later learns that doing this is not the way of life.

This is a good book for readers who enjoy realistic fiction. Readers can learn what not to do through the troubles that Tom Gates has in his life. This bood is similr to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. IT is not a
Mar 31, 2015 Therése rated it liked it
Kanske inte helt en bok i min smak men den passar bra för alla de som läst och gillat Dagbok för alla mina fans och vill ha mer i samma stil.
Sep 10, 2014 Yoloswag rated it it was amazing
The best book ever!
Nov 21, 2015 Kimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book.I laughed a lot and despite the fact that the main character was a fifth grader, I could really understand him.I felt so connected and I really loved it when I felt that old feeling of worrying over childish stuff.
I found a lot of similarities between this book and "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" series.It's obvious that they belong to the same genre and I think anyone who loves that series would love this series too ,but I also think that while Tom is younger than Greg ,the st
Pop Bop
May 12, 2015 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"Read It and Go Ha! Ha! Ha!"

Here's a titanic trans-Atlantic heavyweight match: Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid and Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants versus Liz Pichon's Tom Gates and anyone in a David Walliams book. Classic. And the smart money is on the duo from the U.K. Walliams is the current king of kid lit in Britain with most of his books holding most of the top spots on everyone's lists. But the Tom Gates books, and there must be a half dozen by now, are holding their own nicely.

Tom Gates is a fift
Wesley Winegarden
Jan 25, 2015 Wesley Winegarden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children 7-10,
Even though my daughter is nine, she still likes to sit with her dad and read a book together before she goes to sleep. Though, we have evolved now from me reading to her, to us reading together (we take turns).

...Now back to the book.

When I was a youngster I used to love to doodle, and daydream, and wind-up my brothers. I was addicted to biscuits and would often sneak them when nobody was looking. I wasn't a naughty child, just a dreamer, who needed a kick in the backside to keep towing the lin
American Mensa
Dec 09, 2014 American Mensa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
A fun and easy read!

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is a fun easy to read fictional story about a fifth grade student named Tom Gates. He keeps a daily journal for writing and drawing about his school experiences and family adventures. Tom is often bored at school and makes funny creative excuses for not doing his homework assignments. At home, he likes to play jokes on his sister and spending time planning the future of his band called DogZombies. My favorite part of this book is Tom’s prepara
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Είμαι βέβαιη πως όλοι σας γνωρίζετε τις περιπέτειες του "Σπασίκλα" και πως όσοι έχετε παιδιά στην ηλικία για την οποία απευθύνονται τα βιβλία του, έχετε αναγκαστεί να τ' αγοράσετε, αν όχι και να τα διαβάσετε. Ε, λοιπόν, ξεχάστε τον "Σπασίκλα" γιατί υπάρχει κι άλλο πρόσωπο στην πόλη. Το όνομα αυτού, Τομ Γκέιτς, με τις περιπέτειές του να είναι άκρως διασκεδαστικές και ξεκαρδιστικές, τόσο που όχι μόνο οι μικροί μας φίλοι, αλλά και εμείς οι ίδιοι, μπορούμε να απολαύσουμε, ζώντας στιγμές χαλάρωσης π ...more
Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and The Popularity Papers will enjoy this one featuring fifth grader Tom Gates. With mixed media illustrations, large font sizes, and plenty of white space, the book is a quick and hilarious read. Not surprisingly, Tom is always at odds with his older sister Delia, he had aspirations to form a band called Dog Zombies, and he often invents ridiculous excuses for not turning in his homework. His teacher, Mr. Fullerman, is kind enough not to call him on his d ...more
Ms. Yingling
Tom is in year five, and would rather draw or read comics in class than pay attention to his teacher, Mr. Fullerman, which would explain why he gets put in the very front of the classroom! Tom does occasionally pay attention, but he is a past master at forging notes from home and making up elaborate excuses for why he isn't turning things in. He is also very embarrassed by his father, who does freelance work from a shed in their yard and occasionally shows up at school in his gardening clothes, ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Mar 17, 2016 Ann rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I just pulled this off the shelf at the library thinking it might be a book my students would like. It is visually similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and it says it was a winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. I read it and was not impressed. I really disliked the main character, Tom. He's a jerk who spends his free time devising ways to pick on another kid. He's constantly involved in shenanigans (okay, can make for a good plot) but he never gets in any sort of trouble. The adults in the book seem ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Brenda added it
Tom likes to sit in the back of the classroom, it's so much easier to avoid Mr. Fullerman's beady eyes and he can read and draw his comics. But, Mr. Fullerman switches up the desks and Tom finds himself right at the front of class next to the most annoying boy, "Moany" Marcus and the "Brilliant" Amy Porter. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is a notebook style novel that follows Tom's escapades as he tries to land tickets to a concert for his favorite band Dude3, while not getting in trouble for ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Al rated it it was amazing
I was originally not very keen on the the look of this series -' just another diary', thought I.
But I was wrong. Tom Gates is an extremely funny series, suitable for kids from about eight years old.
I laughed so much at one point that the kid I was reading it with asked if I was crying. Heh.
Ava So
Apr 02, 2014 Ava So rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2014
Tom gates is a seventh grader who has an okay teacher and good parents and a horrible sister. In the beginning, it was after the summer break and tom had mr. Fullerman as his teacher. He put tom in the front of the class and tom sits beside a really annoying person and his dream girl. Toms favourite band is dude3 and he begged his dad to go but his best friends dog ate the tickets and they weren't able to go. Then toms teacher mr. fullerman got tom tickets because he and the manager of dude3 wer ...more
The ‘Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ is a great book! This book is about a made up boy named Tom Gates. When he isn’t at school and his teacher aren’t looking at him, Tom likes to draw pictures and think of ways to annoy his sister Delia. At school there is a boy in his class named Marcus Meldrew and Tom calls him an idiot, there is a teacher, Mrs Worthington but everyone calls her Mrs Worthingtash because she has a mustache. Tom’s best friend’s name is Derek and he lives next door to Tom. Tom and ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-yo, funny-ha-ha
Do you LOVE "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"? Well, let me introduce you to "The Brilliant World of Tom Gates!" Tom is 10 years old. He has a weird dad, a horrible sister, and a crush on Amy Porter (who he sits next to in class). He LOVES music, especially his favorite band DUDE3, and his own band, Dog Zombies. When DUDE3 comes to his town, Tom must figure out a way to get tickets so he can impress Amy. But first, he has to get through his dumb homework and- UGH- choir practice.
This book is super goofy a
Mar 14, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book follows a middle school boy’s ramblings about life and school. Tom avoids work, deals with an older sister, attempts to impress a girl, works with his best friend in their rock band, The Dog Zombies, and is embarrassed by his parents.
The humorous drawings throughout are similar to the Wimpy Kid books and will probably attract a similar audience. Elements of disrespect for adults left a negative impression on me. Numerous British words –wafer, headmaster, biscuits, etc. may cause confu
Feb 27, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I read this in Swedish, the translation of the second book is coming out in March. I guess this is like Diary of a Wimpy Kid except British. The cover pretty much depicts what the series looks like, lots of fun doodles. I would recommend this to kids between 8-12. I liked the way Tom was drawing while in class and reacting to those around him. It also shows some of his school assignments (or his attempts at getting out of doing them). I thought that Tom was a bit of a bully, but read somewhere t ...more
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L. Pichon says that when she was little, she loved to draw, and her mom said she was very good at making a mess (this is still true today). She kept drawing, went to art school, became a designer and art director at Jive Records, and began to publish children’s books. After its publication in the U.K., The Brilliant World of Tom Gates won several prestigious awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny ...more
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