You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! (You're a Bad Man MR Gum (Hardback))

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Mr. Gum may be the nastiest man on Earth, but he has the tidiest, greeniest, floweriest, gardeniest garden in the world...that is, until a giant whopper of a dog named Jake destroys it in a fit of doggy joy. In retaliation, Mr. Gum hatches one of his astonishingly evil plots, involving some poisonous meat, and soon—very soon—things will get uglier than Mr. Gum in his underwear.

Unless, of course, Polly—a golden-haired local girl with hair like cat’s daydream who is as good and true as Mr. Gum is wretched and smelly—can stymie Mr. Gum, save Jake, and prove to the world why the truth is lemon meringue . . .

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About the Author:

Andy Stanton has been a stand-up comedian, a cartoonist, and lots of other things. He lives in North London but would like to live someday in New York or Berlin or one of those places because he’s got fantasies of bohemia. You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! is his first book.

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Who is the most important character in this short novel? Is it the crabby Mr. Gum, who gardens to keep a fairy happy? Or is it the friendly, furry dog who leaves "presents" in gardens? Or maybe Polly, the pure-hearted heroine? It may be the story's narrator, who could be extraordinarily intrusive in print but, as the author reads his story, is engaging, funny, charming, and necessary as he ties together the odd bits of plot and bizarre characters. Stanton does a growling Mr. Gum and an annoyingly squeaky fairy AND manages to distinguish the large cast of odd folk from the town of Lamonic Bibber. Stanton's humor, shifting rhythms, and child-pleasing rudeness will engage young listeners. S.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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