Mr Gum was a fierce old man with a red beard and two bloodshot eyes that stared out at you like an octopus curled up in a bad cave. He was a complete horror who hated children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. What he liked was snoozing in bed all day, being lonely and scowling at things.
He slept and scowled and picked his nose and ate it. Most of the townsfolk of Lamonic Bibber avoided him and the children were terrified of him. Their mothers would say, ‘Go to bed when I tell you or Mr Gum will come and shout at your toys and leave slime on your books!’ That usually did the trick.
Follow Polly and Friday on another crazy adventure on the streets of Lamonic Bibber. And watch out for that dastardly villain, Mr Gum, not to mention his sidekick, Billy William. It’s barking bonkers. But don’t believe us, believe them.
‘Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant! Andy Stanton is far too clever and funny and should be locked away in a very dark place that nobody can find.’ Jeremy Strong;
‘A wickedly entertaining story’ Bookseller
‘When I read these books aloud, my teen daughters aged 18 and 16 insist on sitting in and listening too. Usually ending up in tears of laughter. The whole family loves Mr Gum – try it, you won’t be disappointed.’ Bookcrossing Forum
‘Thank you, thank you Andy Stanton for adding another book to the amazing tales of Mr Gum.’ School Librarian Journal
‘They are fantastic…they are brilliant books for adults to read as well…I fully recommend them.’ Zoe Ball live on BBC Radio 2′