“When my teacher, Mr Fullerman, doesn’t have his BEADY EYES on me, I like to draw pictures and write stories about stuff – like when we had the worst holiday ever (camping sucks), and when my parents came to school for parents’ evening (groan), and about how Marcus Meldrew is the most annoying boy in the world and how I don’t want to sit next to him in class. All I want to do is get tickets to see the best band ever, DUDE3, when they come to town. It’s not easy when I’m up against Delia, my weirdo big sister, and all my plans seem to get me into MAJOR TROUBLE.”
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire – and the bane of his grumpy teacher Mr Fullerman’s life. And in his wacky journal of scribbles and silliness, you’ll find all sorts of comic craziness to make you groan with glee! Will Tom ever manage to get his homework in on time, avoid the rage of his teacher – AND impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him? Warning! Do not attempt to read this in public. You will snigger loudly!
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers – Red House Children’s Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 5 – 12 year-olds category. The other titles in this series are: TOM GATES: EXCELLENT EXCUSES (AND OTHER GOOD STUFF)(9781407124407); TOM GATES: EVERYTHING’S AMAZING (SORT OF) (9781407124414); TOM GATES: GENIUS IDEAS (MOSTLY)(9781407134505). This book takes the form of Tom’s battered homework diary – crammed with his scribbles and stories and is totally accessible for boys and girls and reluctant readers. Honest, silly, and laugh-out-loud funny, Tom Gates is a superb voice for children of 9+.
Fans of The Wimpy Kid will delight in the hilarious adventure of Tom Gates! Fantastic fun told in words and pictures. A delight of a reading experience. –LoveReading for Kids
About the Author
When Liz was little she was very keen on drawing Walt Disney characters and making stuff out of clay. Her Mum said she was very good at ‘Making a mess’ (this is still true today.) Liz kept on drawing and went to Camberwell School Of Art London where she got a BA Hons in Graphic Design. Her first (and only) PROPER job was working for Jive Records designing Album covers for various musicians and artists you’ve probably never heard of (and a few you might have). Liz has been a freelance illustrator and writer for 5… 7… 10… quiet a long time now. She has won several nice awards for her books that she gets very over excited about. The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates is Liz s first (of three) fiction books for older children. Liz is married and has three children. They live in Brighton amongst all the other hundreds of illustrators that live here too.