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Mr. Gum and the Cherry Tree by Andy Stanton
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Jan 16, 2012

it was ok

I was recommended this book as I enjoy comic children’s fiction. This story is one from the series of Mr Glum, which uses similar themes and repeated characters. Wherever there is mischief Mr Glum is involved. In this case the whole village is convinced into giving their most precious belongings to a past spirit, who has come back. Although they are warned against it by, they are as always, nearly tricked by Mr Glum. I was disappointed by this book, as I felt it was trying far too hard to be funny. The plays on words were possibly too hard for those the story is intended for as the plot is simple and obvious. The elements of ‘randomness’ I found forced rather than natural aid to the story.

This chapter book could be a class reader for year 2, or as an independent book for year 3 – 6. It could be used as a series by the same author.

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