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You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton
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Aug 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: confident-readers-chapter-books, early-chapter-books

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, so Mr Gum comes up with an evil plan to get rid of Jake. Luckily, a little girl named Polly overhears him...

The inventive use of language would make this a great read aloud book. The crazy illustrations and use of typefaces would attract reluctant upper KS2 readers. I loved it, and recommend it and other Mr Gum books particularly to Roald Dahl fans.
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Caroline My favourite part of this book is Chapter 4 – Mr Gum has a Cup of Tea. It consists of seven words: Mr Gum had a cup of tea. Brilliant


Alison Caroline wrote: "My favourite part of this book is Chapter 4 – Mr Gum has a Cup of Tea. It consists of seven words: Mr Gum had a cup of tea. Brilliant"

Yes! Absolutely fantastic.


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