Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

Written by Andy Stanton
Illustrated by David Tazzyman
Part of the Mr Gum Series

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Chosen by Michael Rosen. Winner of The Blue Peter book award 2009 'most funny book with pictures' category - Mr Gum is off on his fifth best-selling adventure. And it is as zany and ridiculous as any that have gone before. This time, a gigantic bear arrives in the small town of Lamonic Bibber, a bear who is as tall as forty hamsters and as heavy as two hundred water melons or nineteen thousand grapes. Soon the nasty Mr Gum has all kinds of unpleasant plans for turning the bear into a dancing pet and making loads of money out of him. As ever, stopping him involves some wild action including a trip in a hot air-balloon and some daring adventures on the high seas. Click here to view the other Mr Gum titles by Andy Stanton.

What Michael Rosen says of one of his all time favourite books:

'a wild, eye-watering comedy.'

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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton

Do you like bears called Padlock? Do you like hot-air balloons? Do you like tall sailing ships with mad sea captains, and horrifying old villains and words like 'wab!', 'tungler' and 'kelp'? This book's got all of those things - and a lot more besides.


'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.'

; 'A wickedly entertaining story

; 'Andy Stanton accumulates silliness and jokes in an irresistible, laughter-inducing romp

; 'Worryingly splendid

; 'A riotous read

; 'Designed to tickle young funny bones

; 'Cranks up children's storytelling conventions to hilarious extremes


About the Author

Andy Stanton

Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford University but they kicked him out. He has since worked as a stand-up comedian, a film script reader, a cartoonist and an NHS lackey. His Mr Gum Books for Egmont have won widespread acclaim and numerous awards including the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Award. He lives in North London.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

1st September 2008




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