Tom Gates #4: Genius Ideas (Mostly) Award-winning by Liz Pichon (author and illustrator)

Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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The fourth book in the bestsellingTom Gates series of books from the brilliantly talented Liz Pichon.Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock, but that’s nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in store for me with his new found fitness regime. He says he’s going to compete at my Sport’s Day. Shame! Meanwhile Derek, Norman and I keep practicing in DOGZOMBIES so we’re really ready for the school Talent Show.

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

Product Details


Tom Gates (book 4)





Date published

September 6th, 2012

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.0; Middle years; 2.0 points

Other details

  • 320 pages



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  1. TomGatesDoodlee
    on 23 November 2020

    Till now whatever I have read , I ‘d love to say it’s amazing , Brilliant , MAGNIFICENT I love Tom Gates books

  2. Marmalade267
    on 15 November 2016

    Very good I recommend Tom gates he is very funny and cool. I like his books.

    5 out of 5
  3. booksarefun9876
    on 27 June 2016

    this book is so good i love it i love the way it is explained and really interesting I REALLY LOVE THIS !!!

    5 out of 5
  4. Selinda769
    on 9 April 2016

    This book is just so so good and also I would love to live his dream day.

    5 out of 5
  5. BAD-boy345
    on 9 March 2016

    It is amazing books

    4 out of 5
  6. Fruity
    on 1 September 2015

    Genius idea for a book

    5 out of 5
  7. Sweet2005lovely
    on 19 May 2015

    this is a funny book, and I find Tom HILARIOUS! I would recommend this book to many people who LOVE humour

  8. Rumaitha12
    on 9 March 2014

    I liked this book lots and I fully recommend it.

  9. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    I loved this book absolutely amazing

  10. zippy123
    on 8 March 2014

    This is amazing !!!

  11. ElsieJW
    on 8 March 2014

    this book is so cool

  12. Potterfan7
    on 8 March 2014


  13. Bling123
    on 7 March 2014

    This book is a great book for people like my age. I love this book because the pictures creates a image in my mind

    5 out of 5
  14. heart29
    on 6 March 2014

    loved it!

    4 out of 5
  15. roseyclo
    on 6 March 2014


  16. dishaa
    on 24 January 2014

    it is the true definition of a funny comic book

    5 out of 5
  17. Bookgirl1234
    on 14 August 2013

    Love it

  18. slapsterxxaph
    on 1 May 2013


  19. LoubieLou109
    on 18 March 2013

    It’s fuuny, has its own sort of twist to the story, and is very, very humorous

  20. Nashdasher
    on 7 March 2013

    This book is so funny and a defiant competitor of wimpykid

    5 out of 5
  21. pawprint2
    on 5 March 2013

    These books are sooo funny couldn’t put it down

    5 out of 5
  22. ijustmadethisforhomework
    on 5 November 2012

    I think that this book is very good because there are very funny parts which have drawings to go along with them. Also the book has stuff like diary features because Tom talks in first person and stuff like that.

    4 out of 5
  23. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2012

    As ever one of the best books I have ever read!It is well illustrated and gives many laughs. The book had a great storyline which is like the normal life of a brother and sister that always argue.

    I rate this book 10/10, it’s definitely the biggest diary of a wimpy kid competitor- it’s also great to see that its British!

    Ben, aged 12

    Tom wants to apply for the school talent show with his band ‘DOG ZOMBIES’ because if they get through they get to met and hopefully perform to the one and only ‘DUDE 3!’. But they don’t know that yet because one of band mates ( Norman ) mishears things a lot of the time and he is the person who started the rumour off. Though Tom and his band mates are certain that maybe this time he was right. They thought this because their teacher (miss Nap) said that there is a famous band that is going to perform at the talent show that everyone knows. When they do there audition it goes terribly bad! A couple of weeks later they find out that they actually manage to get through to the actual talent show. When the day comes Tom decides to try and gel his hair up but is doesn’t go how he planed it to he has to borrow a brush from a girl in his class ( Amy ) but then the brush gets stuck in his hair! He decides not to do the talent show because he can not get the brush out and his band band mates need him so they do not do the talent show ether. The talent so goes brilliantly well! The time came when Tom and his band mates thought ’ DUDE 3!’ were coming on to perform , but hang on it isn’t ‘DUDE 3’ although the faces are familiar , who are these people . . .

    This book I think book is for 9 – 12 year olds.

    I think this book is for boys and girls because I am a girl and I loved it!

    I would say this book would be five out of five stars!

    I would recommend this book to all my friends and family.

    Charlotte, aged 9

  24. BookWorm117
    on 15 October 2012

    This was the best book by FAR!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK I HOPE I CAN HAVE IT !!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  25. ssabes987
    on 22 August 2012

    It is so amazing and cool I wish I could read the rest . I’ll try to read the rest!

    5 out of 5

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