Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man, who hates children, animals,
fun and corn on the cob. But this story is not just about
him. There is also a girl called Polly, an evil stinky butcher,
heroes and sweets and stuff, and Jake the dog, who must be
saved from terrible, terrible evil. Oh, yes, and there's an
angry fairy who lives in Mr Gum's bathtub...
of the Red House Children's Book Award, You're A Bad Man,
Mr Gum is a wacky tale written and read by the equally
wacky Andy Stanton. If
Roald Dahl, at his most warped, and Monty Python, at their
zaniest, had got together to write a movie the resulting plot
would be not dissimilar to You're a Bad Man Mr Gum! In
fact, it's pretty obvious that the publisher is going for
that Roald Dahl angle - the cover to this release looks suspiciously
like a homage to the great illustrator Quentin Blake.
story starts by explaining who Mr Gum is and why his house
is such a mess, yet his garden is the neatest in his neighbourhood.
For some reason he has a mad fairy who lives in his bathroom
and hits Mr Gum on the head with a frying pan if he does not
keep the garden looking spick and span.
a new dog to the neighbourhood ruins Mr Gum's garden - and
then keeps ruining it ever day after he tidies it up again
- Mr Gum decides he needs to get rid of the dog... for good.
However a little girl called Polly (you really don't want
to know her full name - it's way too long) hears about Mr
Gum's plans and sets off to save the dog.
delivery is faultless - he has a style that is original and
hilarious. This is just the sort of humour that young children
will instantly warm to. And, as an added bonus, their parents
will too. Another
element that adds to this release is the inclusion of humorous
sound effects and for those who continue to listen after the
story has finished there is a special treat.
a Bad Man Mr Gum! is almost too funny to be wasted on