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You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! Award-winning

by Andy Stanton (author)

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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Product description

Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man. He’s absolutely grimsters. But this book is not just about him. There is also a little girl called Polly, an evil butcher, heroes and sweets – and Jake the dog, who must be saved from terrible, terrible evil! Meet a hilarious anti-hero, awful Mr Gum, in the hit comedy which has taken the world by storm. Everyone says he’s the funniest thing since Roald Dahl – so don’t hang about! Read this and judge for yourself!

Winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Praise for the Mr Gum series:

“Quirky, odd and deliciously funny.” Sophie Dahl

“Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant!” Jeremy Strong

“A wickedly entertaining story.” Bookseller

Product Details






Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

August 7th, 2006

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 192 pages



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  1. Fairy thumb 11

    on 8 March 2014

    This is the best mr gum book ever I like it when the fairy wacks him with a frying pan

    5out of 5
  2. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2014

    Thumbs up for this book

    4out of 5
  3. Jane blonde 113694

    on 5 March 2014

    I love the mr gum stories very funny but some very tricky words occasionally though.

    4out of 5
  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    This book is very funty. It is a mittersy if anyone doesn’t like it. One of the funniest books I have ever read. You HAVE to read it. If you don’t like it you are either Krusty the Clown or need a sense of humour transplant.

  5. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2014

    Very funny

  6. Hayley 113303

    on 7 August 2013

    Mr.gum is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Love stargirl 113412

    on 25 May 2013

    I liked this book. Mr gum was always grumpy but really funny.The little girl tried to stop him poisoning the dog with her funny friend.

    4out of 5
  8. Goldie 113308

    on 19 March 2013

    really good

  9. Jane blonde 113694

    on 6 March 2013

    i loved mr gum

  10. Pirate2small 108060

    on 5 March 2013

    good interesting book

  11. Avatar bat 761713

    on 5 March 2013

    Mr.Gum is a hilareous character! This time he’s tried to poison that whopper of a dog- Jake. But it doesn’t go well

    5out of 5
  12. Hayley 113303

    on 5 March 2013

    I read this to my sister at bed time and she couldn’t sleep’for an hourafter her bed time cause keept laughing ..really fun and a good book

  13. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 12 March 2012

    I read this book ages ago aswell (so i forget most of it but i remember that ILOVEDIT!!!!)

    5out of 5
  14. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 2 March 2012

    I enjoyed this book because it is really random and funny. Also, the descriptions of characters are brilliant and I can really imagine Mr. Gum and Polly!

  15. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 1 March 2012

    this is the first one of the mr.gum series and i rely enjoyed it, this book rely encourages you to read the others.

  16. Default avatar

    on 24 February 2012

    This book is too funny for me especially chapter 4 !!!

  17. Default avatar

    on 18 December 2011

    AWSOME!! But MR gum and the Biscuit milliner is my fav Mr gum book!!!!

    5out of 5
  18. Clarice thumb 136

    on 1 October 2011

    i loved it butttt it was queit boring

    5out of 5
  19. Pearl 113298

    on 7 July 2011

    i like this book because it funny and chapter 5s title is so long but my friend joe and ben in my class can say it realy quick with out looking

    5out of 5
  20. Fairy thumb 11

    on 20 May 2011

    The Teacher read it to us in class and I got so bored I nearly fell asleep. It’s a rubbish book.

  21. Default avatar

    on 7 May 2011


  22. Bellasara 113282

    on 16 April 2011

    useless ablousty uselesss never read this it is uselesss i hated it

    1out of 5
  23. Evie 113313

    on 6 March 2011

    made me laugh.ALOT.whith this book i couldent get enough of it infact so mutch ive read it TWICE

    5out of 5
  24. Bellasara 113282

    on 3 December 2010


  25. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 3 December 2010

    Fab book! My sister has read all of them and loved every single moment.I’ve read them too, and thought it was hilarious! I really want to be an author just like Andy, I’ve tried writeing my own books in the style of him. P.s didn’t work.

    5out of 5
  26. Petula 113689

    on 9 August 2010

    I think this book is great! I thought it really funny when mr gum gets hit with a frying pan by a fairy if his garden is a mess. Also it was funny how long polly’s name was if you were an enemy.

    5out of 5
  27. Love stargirl 113412

    on 19 July 2010

    This is really, really good. have read all in sires, and am looking forwards to more! If you are reading this review, or thinking of reading this, do!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  28. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 14 July 2010

    This book is awsome and hilariously funny. People who like mistchief,fun and little girls called polly then this is the book for you.

    5out of 5
  29. Hayley 113303

    on 29 May 2010

    This book is soooooooooo funny and cool! It’s wicked plot not only tells a brilliant story but also is stuffed to the brim with hilarity.

    And remember all readers…..


    5out of 5
  30. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 27 February 2010

    This is one of the funniest books I have ever read and I loooooooooooove reading. I had to read it about 50 times because practically, my sides were splitting. I got my mum and dad to read it and even my grandma’s and granddad’s. I would definitely reccomend this book. If Andy Stanton is reading this, Andy… you are one of the funniest authors ever. I would love to meet you.

    5out of 5
  31. Bellasara 113282

    on 25 February 2010

    Mr.Gum is a very popular book in my class!

    But this one in paticular tells you more and more about different things!

        READ IT!
    5out of 5
  32. Default avatar

    on 16 January 2010

    I love this book because it is really funny. I like Polly’s name and when Mr Gum’s moles pop out of their mole holes. Mr Gum is really nasty. I love the frount cover. I love the Fairy that hit’s Mr Gum on the head.

    5out of 5
  33. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 15 February 2009

    I thought this book was really, really good. It’s about Mr Gum – he’s a bad man and Billy William – he’s bad too. It’s funny. I thought the funniest bit was when Friday O’Leary shouted “The truth is a lemon meringue!”. You really should read this book.

    5out of 5
  34. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 14 June 2008

    This book is really good and funny.

    5out of 5
  35. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 12 June 2008

    to active

    3out of 5