Mr Gum

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By Huw Thomas — headteacher and writer

Mr Gum kicks off the first in our new contemporary literacy series to reignite children’s passion for reading

Mr Gum and the Goblins

Mr Gum and Goblins by Andy Stanton

The stinkiest, grottiest, meanest, meanest villain ever

Who and what is Mr Gum? The absurd and fast moving Mr Gum series sees quirky villain, Mr Gum, meet his match in the form of a girl called Polly and her friend, the flunky hero, Friday O’Leary. The third title in the series, Mr Gum and the Goblins (Egmont, £4.99 PB), sees Gum and his sidekick, the evil butcher, Billy William the Third, behind some wicked goings-on with a colony of goblins.

The Mr Gum stories provide an excellent opportunity to explore what makes a story funny, including the way characters make us laugh. The stories are short, with brilliant sketchy illustrations and whacky fonts, both of which provide an excellent way in for children moving from picture to longer chapter books.

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