Tom Gates #2: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff) Award-winning by Liz Pichon (author and illustrator)

Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff)

Suitable for 9 - 14 years

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The second book in the bestselling  Tom Gates series of books from the brilliantly talented Liz Pichon.

No school for two whole weeks! (Yeah!)

I can forget ALL about lessons (and irritating things like Marcus Meldrew).

And concentrate on good stuff like:

  • Inventing new ways to annoy my sister Delia. (So many).
  • Band practice for DOGZOMBIES (with my mate Derek).
  • Watching TV and eating caramel wafers.
  • Eating caramel wafers and watching TV.


Unfortunately a couple of small problems called the dentist and my big weirdo sister, Delia, seem to be getting in the way of my BRILLIANT plans . . .


Tom Gates is a series of books in diary form

  • Full of Tom’s doodles and pictures & his amazing sense of humour
  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize!
  • Perfect gifts for boys & girls who love to laugh themselves silly



  • Brilliant World of Tom Gates (book 1)
  • Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff) (book 2)
  • Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (sort of) (book 3)
  • Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) (book 4)
  • Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things) (book 5)
  • Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (not) (book 6)
  • Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky (book 7)
  • Tom Gates:Yes! No. (Maybe…) (book 8)
  • Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly) (book 9)
  • Tom Gates: Super Good Skills (Almost…) (book 10)
  • Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule (For now…) (book 11)
  • Tom Gates: : Family, Friends and Furry Creatures (book 12)
  • Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of) (book 13)
  • Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans (book 14)
  • Tom Gates: What Monster? (book 15)
  • Tom Gates: Mega Make and Do and Stories Too! (book 16)
  • Tom Gates: The Music Book


Product Details


Tom Gates (book 2)





Date published

September 1st, 2011

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.9; Middle years; 2.0 points

Other details

  • 352 pages



Part of this Series


Liz Pichon

Photo of Liz Pichon


  1. ceswes
    on 21 February 2018


    THIS IS MY FAVOURITE BOOK!!!!!!!!!! its very funny and Tom expresses himself loads.

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. rexredrose
    on 15 October 2022

    super funny great read woad recommend

  2. beanogirl01
    on 23 January 2022

    I love this book because the whole series has an amazing eeffect on fun.It gives you excuses and how to draw stuff.It’s actchually based on Liz Pichon the author.I like it because it’s funny and adventures.

    5out of 5
  3. Kaneshka
    on 13 November 2021

    This book is really amazing and if you wanna want a funny book for your summer then no doubt choose it. Tom Gates is best

    5out of 5
  4. Ejis
    on 7 December 2019

    Tom gates is funny! I love to read tom gates as well as dork diaries and wimpy kid. They are all so good! It’s great and it’s cool and of course funny! lol!

    5out of 5
  5. soggysandwich
    on 25 October 2016

    This book is a great book I recommend reading it.I love Tom gates books and this book is the best I’ve read. Please look at all the books I have read by going on my page.

    5out of 5
  6. book777
    on 19 February 2016

    THIS BOOK IS LOL!!!!! Its perfect for tomboys like me. Girly-Girls stay out of it k?

    5out of 5
  7. brockie01
    on 23 November 2015

    I like this book it is very humourous and funny really good idea of how anoying his sister is and what his band is like.

    4out of 5
  8. Fruity
    on 25 August 2015

    Excellent book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  9. poopa2015
    on 29 March 2015

    brilliant actually tells you excellent excuses. EMILY CRISP

    5out of 5
  10. Rose239
    on 1 October 2014

    I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EPIC

    5out of 5
  11. Neha786
    on 27 September 2014

    At the moment I am still reading this book. It is fun-loving because of the words used in this book. I love the fact that it shows pictures and makes it easier for the reader to read it.

    Thank you for your love and support which you have showed in the book,

    5out of 5
  12. elzlovesreading
    on 2 May 2014

    it was awsome i like al the drawings and dogzombies song delias a wierdo lol :)

    5out of 5
  13. bluebeachbabe15
    on 17 April 2014

    It was quite good but i think it is always the same problems that are kind of obvios

    4out of 5
  14. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    great drawings in this book very amusing i read it in a day wow

    5out of 5
  15. Leahka99
    on 10 March 2014

    This book is a great tom gates one I love it’s so wonderfull you should read it some time if u haven’t it’s really descriptive my fav part is when tom has a tooth aic and I love his band dog zombies

  16. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    Awesome and hilarious book

  17. zippy123
    on 8 March 2014

    EXCELLENT!! I want to read this book over and over again

  18. roseyclo
    on 6 March 2014

    this book is awesome.

  19. Celine1
    on 5 March 2014

    Love this book xx reccomend it to anyone I love it it’s inspiring powerful and has a good sense of humour

  20. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    I love this book so much I have read the whole collection

    4out of 5
  21. Cheerforevers
    on 4 March 2014

    This is the second book and it is the half term for Tom.

  22. GoureN
    on 27 January 2014

    it,s a really good book and when your read the first book you will love the series

    5out of 5
  23. dishaa
    on 25 January 2014

    this book is very funny and its characters are much funny than the story of the book . The drawings in the book make it more attractive

    5out of 5
  24. Erin1erin
    on 12 November 2013

    I absolutely loved this book like any other Tom Gates book but this one was really spectacular as it gives you ideas for excuses when your late for school ( not that I would need any as I live like 2 minutes from my school.)

    5out of 5
  25. Dolphindiva
    on 28 September 2013

    I love this book, the best bit was were Tom had a toothache because the pictures were extremely funny!

    4out of 5
  26. reader12345
    on 22 July 2013

    this book is AMAZING!!! you need to read it i read it in 2 days it was that AMAZING!!!

    4out of 5
  27. SillyBilly
    on 4 May 2013

    this book is so amazing, fabulous!

  28. supercoolcharm
    on 7 March 2013

    This book is very funny and it has excellent excuses.

    5out of 5
  29. rahul2313
    on 7 March 2013

    best book ever

  30. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 6 March 2013

    This is such an awesome book! I’ve re-read it a lot.

  31. Paradise56
    on 6 March 2013

    i love this book

    5out of 5
  32. rockstar101
    on 6 March 2013

    you could use this book for excuses not to do your homework

  33. pawprint2
    on 5 March 2013

    The Tom gates series is a must have if u want a extremely hilarious book

    5out of 5
  34. natashakrywald
    on 5 March 2013

    very funny! recommend for comedy lovers!

  35. Nashdasher
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is very funny and Is different from other books

    5out of 5
  36. CookieM
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is funny and reminds me of my diary with little drawings and funny comments.

    4out of 5
  37. natasha55
    on 2 March 2013


  38. pinkprincesscandy
    on 27 February 2013


    5out of 5
  39. kiruththika
    on 25 February 2013

    this book is one of the best books on my list

  40. Magicme11
    on 20 February 2013

    Tom Gates is a boy to have fun with!I read the first book,this one and the third book.Cant wait for the rest!

    4out of 5
  41. CJ224987
    on 14 February 2013

    this was so amazing i cant wait for the new one in april 2013

    5out of 5
  42. BookWorm117
    on 15 October 2012


    5out of 5
  43. anakha
    on 24 June 2012

    it was an awesome book! i really liked it. i’d recommend it to everyone!

    5out of 5
  44. shyshyclarke
    on 31 May 2012

    this book is very intresting and it makes you want’s to read on and on and on!!

    5out of 5
  45. Rose262
    on 31 March 2012

    I love it.I cant stop reading this book as it is very funny LOL and yesterday i was Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud. I give this book 5/5

    5out of 5
  46. bookfairy17
    on 29 February 2012

    I really like this book i would really like to get the book. I recommend this to people who likes diary of wimpy kid. Or people who likes diary entries.Its a nice funny book.

    5out of 5
  47. juliacoolcomics
    on 15 February 2012

    i am reading this book i got it on the 14 of febuary in balbriggan wiseowl it is great!!!!!!!

    4out of 5
  48. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 9 January 2012

    My favourite scene in this book is when DOGZOMBIES performed at the Leafy Green Old Peoples Home, it shows that even old people enjoy rock music.

    My favourite character was obviously Tom because he managed to stop the sticker thief that was sticking Mr. Fullerman’s stickers to the chart.

    I rate this book 11/10, it was better than the first and now in the same league as Diary of the Wimpy Kid, watch out Jeff Kinney! Anyone that likes DOAWK will love this book.

    Ben, age 11

    Tom is the head of his class with the school gold chart list but then suddenly he finds out that his enemy Marcus Meldrew has suddenly crept up ahead of Tom, so one day Tom has to show inspectors his class and there right in front of there eyes was Marcus Meldrew must have bought a box of gold stars of his OWN!!!!!! Eventually he had to miss out on play times for 3 whole days!!!!! Also while this is all going on Tom’s tooth is killing him with pain so much so the side of his mouth swells up and he has to go to the dreaded DENTIST!!!! But the most worst thing about this tooth ache is that he can not concentrate drawing in class!!!! To find out more about Tom’s amazing adventure buy the book TOMS GATES Excellent Excuses.

    I think this book is for the ages of : 9 – 11. I also I think it is neither for boys or girls it is for both.

    Charlotte, age 10

    5out of 5
  49. lbs2000
    on 6 January 2012

    This is one of my favourite books and I would love to read the other Tom Yates Book!

    5out of 5
  50. bella0
    on 29 September 2011

    really really really really good

    5out of 5
  51. coolster3000
    on 21 September 2011

    It was extremely funny. I couldn’t get my eyes of the page it’s my favorite book.

    5out of 5

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