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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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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
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
Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Well, that was ridiculous.
خیلی عالی بود.خیلی پسندیدمش.یاد رولد دال افتادم.همان قدر که از جودی دمدمی متنفرم به خاطر لوس بودنش،عاشق اینم برای لوس نبودنش!خیلی هنر می خواهد اینطور نوشتن و به بیراهه ی بی مزگی نرفتن.
البته به یک بچه ی هشت ساله که دادمش تا بخواند،چون شوخی بعضی قسمت ها را نمی فهمید به اندازه ی من خوشش نیامد ولی او هم پسندید.
عالی بود.
بهترین قسمتش هم فصل چای خوردن آقای گام بود:)))
فکر نکنم تا آخر عمرم کتابی گیرم بیاید که به اندازه ی آقای گام دوستش داشته باشم.استنتون عزیزترین نویسنده ی دنیاست برای من.و آقای گام،دلبرت
Oct 15, 2010 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 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
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 11, 2016 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
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
Such an odd little book.
Aug 22, 2012 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
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
Emad K.A Hossein
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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آقای گام! شما بدجنسید by Andy Stanton
Andy Stanton
Feb 21, 2008 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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great year 3 text - very funny in a very clever way!
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just don't want to read any more of these books. Maybe ever. Of course, I think reading them to children would be much more enjoyable. I found the plot and characters too random without enough development. This seems to be like a Dahl book for someone with the attention span of a gnat.
Mrs G
Deliciously ridiculous. The sort of book that some children will love for its silliness/randomness and I personally can't stand. But if it gets kids reading, who am I to judge? I was thinking "X in my class would love this" all the way through. But they're 7 & 8 and I'm in my 40s (so not target audience!) - I won't be reading it as a class novel but I will be recommending it to 1 or 2 boys who I'm sure will love it!
Sam Hopper
Jan 15, 2013 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
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
May 11, 2012 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
Feb 23, 2016 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
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.
Kolme tähteä, koska olo on ristiriitainen. Periaatteessa pidin kovasti kielestä ja kummallisista hahmoista ja jännistä käänteistä ja kirjailijan kommenteista lukijalle, mutta samalla toisiaan haukkuvat hahmot ja ryyppääminen lastenkirjassa (vaikkei kumpaakaan ollut kuin lyhyesti pari kertaa) tuntuu niin väärältä. Herra Gummi ei kuitenkaan menettänyt mahdollisuuksiaan ja aion lukea lisää.
Reetta Saine
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, huumori, kakrut
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".
Mar 25, 2014 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.
Markku Kesti
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: huumori, lapset, keijut
Hauskahan tämä on ja vinkkaukseen riittää varmasti lukupätkä, jossa selitetään miksi ilkeä, laiska ja kaikin puolin tympeä mölli pitää puutarhansa priimakunnossa.
Julia Simpson
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super fun!
Claire Cheeseman
A class favorite - brilliant read a loud and read again book for primary ch'n
Opnieuw uitgegeven en vertaald ditmaal door Edward vd Vendel: De verschrikkelijke Meneer Gom heeft een plan. Wat een heerlijke nonsens, zo vreselijk over de top dat ik gewoon niet anders kan dan me tranen lachen! Meneer Gom woont in een puinhoop, je kan niet anders zeggen. Goor, vies, troep, lui, ga zo maar door. BEHALVE.... Zijn tuin! Die is werkelijk te mooi voor woorden. Iedereen in het dorp raadt maar raak naar het waarom. "Maar ze hadden het allemaal verkeerd. Dit was de echte reden: meneer ...more
Ihanasti puhtaan kahjolla ja naurettavalla huumorilla varustettu lastenkirja, jonka absurdius yllätti, ilahdutti ja sai nauramaan ääneen (esim. kokonainen luku 4: herra Gummi juo kupin teetä: Herra Gummi joi kupin teetä, piste, Miksi kannattaa olla Pollyn ystävä, jne...). Herra Gummi on ilkeä mörököllimäinen ukko, joka hoitaa puutarhaa vain ettei saisi kylpyammeessa asuvalta äkäiseltä keijulta pataan paistinpannulla :). Särmikkäämmänpuoleinen kuvitustyyli sopii kirjaan hyvin. Mielestäni alakoulu ...more
Sarah Amuzu
I really enjoyed this book because it had a sense of humor which made me laugh and to be honest it was actually interesting. I would reccommend this book to children because it is a child book and I think they would love it and enjoy it and also loe the fact that it would make them laugh, the words in the book are not hard or tricky so I dont think it would be hard for them to read. For me I would rate this a three out of five because its more of a book for a 6 year old, however if I put myself ...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.” 11 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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