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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.' And a must for ALL Mr Gum fans - the Mr Gum Quiz book - FREE TO DOWNLOAD - and test your knowledge - click here (but it's pretty big so it might take short while!)
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Most Fun Story with Pictures* Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring fever. Touched by the fever, Old Granny O’Leary leads the school children into the Forest of Runtus and after that there is no predicting what might happen next! And a must for ALL Mr Gum fans - the Mr Gum Quiz book - FREE TO DOWNLOAD - and test your knowledge - click here (but it's pretty big so it might take short while!) *Here is a list of all the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 nominees: Best Book with Facts: Do Igloos Have Loos? - Mitchell Symons How the World Works - Christiane Dorion What You Need To Know Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics - Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan and Isabel Thomas Most Fun Story with Pictures: Alienography - Chris Riddell Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree - Andy Stanton Lunatics and Luck (The Raven Mysteries) - Marcus Sedgwick Favourite Stories: Dead Man's Cove (A Laura Marlin Mystery) - Lauren St John A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) - Philip Reeve Tall Story - Candy Gourlay
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 June 2012 Debut of the Month. Witty and tender, Geekhood captures the complexities of teen life and especially the transformation of Archie. Archie’s interests have always been distinctly geeky; mostly he hangs out in the Hovel, a centre for games played with miniature models where he and his friends spend hours choosing new characters and the paints to colour them with. It’s not a place that usually attracts girls… But one day, Archie meets a Beautiful Girl and she’s interested in joining a game! Can Archie manage still to play games and to hang onto the girl? Will the Beautiful Girl lead him away from his geeky life? Can he keep his interfering step-father out of the picture? Archie tells his roller coaster journey brilliantly. There is a special Geekhood website (click here) where you can find out more.
Fans of Geekhood: Close Encounters of a Girl Kind will enjoy this equally charming and sympathetic story of how Archie continues to dream of romance with Sarah. But Archie also remains wedded to dressing up in costumes to play his beloved role-playing games… Will being a games geek prevent him from getting a girl friend? Archie’s turmoil illuminated by his flashes of insight make this a funny and poignant story.
In a nutshell : noble kings – evil laughs – chocolate Good versus evil is given a very funny workout in this the first book in what should become a very popular series. As kings go, Edwin is lovely, always distributing chocolate to his subjects. Unfortunately, being so nice – and being just a boy – he’s no match for his nemesis the Emperor Norbison, who has his very own evil laugh (it goes ‘Foo Hoo Hoo Hoo’), and a dastardly plan to make Edwinland his own. Andy Riley cleverly lampoons comic book conventions while simultaneously constructing an action story that will thoroughly satisfy their readers. The book finishes with hints of a new threat for Edwinland, and the sheet music and lyrics to the Emperor’s Striding Theme! For sheer daftness see also Matt Brown’s Compton Valance books, or Guy Bass’s The Legend of Frog books. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: small king, smaller horse, massive monster | Boy king Edwin Flashypants is back in another laugh-out-loud helping of cartoon action, jokes, and invention. A terrible monster has awoken in the Wilderness of Crong. Edwin is ready to face it – this is a chance to do all the brave and bold things grown-up kings do. Meanwhile, Emperor Nurbison – he of the ‘Foo Hoo Hoo Hoo’ evil laugh – has his own plan for dealing with the monster, and getting his hands on Edwinland too. Can Edwin defeat the Voolith and outwit Nurbison? The people of Edwinland are counting on him. Once again Andy Riley has created a wonderfully funny quest adventure with some wonderfully silly characters and situations. Illustrations by the author add to the fun, don’t miss Emperor Nurbison doing his evil yoga. For more daft adventures don’t miss Matt Brown’s Compton Valance books or Guy Bass’s Stitch Head books. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: more laugh out loud fun with King Flashypants and evil Emperor Nurbison Fans of Andy Riley’s brilliantly funny and inventive King Flashypants books will be delighted with this new adventure which once again pits the young king and his team, Minister Jill and Megan the Jester, against his nemesis Emperor Nurbison. Still scheming to take over Edwinland, Nurbison has a dastardly new plan involving flooding Edwin’s kingdom with evil dolls. Fortunately, good once again triumphs over evil and the Emperor is forced to make an ignominious exit, dragged home by his mum. It’s great fun with Nurbison’s long-suffering assistant Globulus really coming into his own. The author’s own cartoon illustrations make this as much fun to look at as it is to read. ~ Andrea Reece For more daft adventures don’t miss Matt Brown’s Compton Valance books or Guy Bass’s Stitch Head books.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 The World’s Best Treehouse just got BETTER! Crazy, inventive, imaginative and mischievous Aussie writing duo, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton tickled many a kid with their hilarious creation of The 13-Storey Tree House, where anything is possible. Terry and Andy have so much fun in their ideal treehouse, they never get any work done. Well now they're doomed, because they’ve just added 13 more storeys. Get your climbing shoes on and come on up to The 26-Storey Treehouse! Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates and Barry Loser. Packed with hilarious cartoons and zany text, this book will leave readers in stitches and begging for more.
Laugh-out-loud wacky adventures in the world's MOST AWESOME treehouse story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations. It is the third instalment in an hilarious and highly illustrated Treehouse series will appeal to fans of Captain Underpants and Barry Loser.
For absurd, anarchic, keep-them-reading comedy adventures, kids can’t do better than climb into Andy and Terry’s world. If you haven’t discovered this series, it stars Andy and Terry and their amazing custom-built treehouse, any child’s dream (adult-free) adventure-playground. Whatever they fancy, they build so the treehouse includes a watermelon smashing machine, a life size snakes and ladders game with real snakes and real ladders, even a Ninja Snail Training Academy. Andy and Terry are the real Andy and Terry, constantly harassed by their publisher Mr Big Nose to deliver their next book. In this adventure, he’s been kidnapped so the authors set off to rescue him. The story is wonderfully nutty and inventive, Denton’s cartoons adding to the craziness, and hugely entertaining. Adults – there’s a very good hungry caterpillar joke too on page 208. For more irresistible, funny, highly illustrated reads for the under tens, try the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon; Jim Smith’s Barry Loser books; the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis; and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series. ~ Andrea Reece
In a Nutshell: Mind-boggling adventures – ants - craziness Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are experts in the crazy, surreal humour that kids love and there seems to be no limit to their invention. For those that don’t know, the books star Andy and Terry themselves and their amazing fun-filled, multi-storey treehouse. In this episode after adding a lollipop shop, quicksand pit and balloon orchestra to the treehouse, they realise Terry forgot to apply for a building permit, and now an inspector is on his way. There’s only one solution: invent a time machine and go back in time for the permit. Unfortunately, they go back 650 million years instead of six and a half, and accidentally take the inspector too. Nutty cartoon strip style comic adventures and unbeatable fun. ~ Andrea Reece For more irresistible, funny, highly illustrated reads for the under tens, try the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon; Jim Smith’s Barry Loser books; the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis; and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series.
In a nutshell: surreal, kid-pleasing comic adventures set in an ever-growing treehouse | Andy and Terry’s treehouse keeps growing, to the delight of its army of devoted readers. It’s now 78 storeys high (new additions include an ALL-BALL sports stadium where you can play every ball sport in the world at the same time), and it’s about to be the subject of a movie. In fact the making of the movie is the subject of the story, and as you might expect things don’t run smoothly - Andy is upset when his role is given not to him but to Mel Gibbon, a gibbon! Oscars should go to both Andy and Terry for creating another tour de force of wacky invention and non-stop action, a mix of verbal and visual jokes that will once again have their readers rolling in the aisles. For more irresistible, funny, highly illustrated reads for the under tens, try the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon; Jim Smith’s Barry Loser books; the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis; and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series. ~ Andrea Reece
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