ONE OF THE INDEPENDENT’S BEST SUMMER READS 2008
From award-winning author Andy Stanton comes book four in the You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! series: Mr Gum and the Power Crystals. Shabba me whiskers! Can it really be true that there’s an ancient curse on the town of Lamonic Bibber? And you guessed it, that old roo-de-lally Mr Gum and his trusty sidekick Billy William the Third have something to do with it. But… our favourite heroes Polly and Friday and the gingerbread biscuit Alan Taylor (only 15.24 cm tall) are determined to save the town (sigh of relief). Hang on to your heads and prepare to chuckle like a chipmunk as you are whisked to the land of talking dogs, silly songs, Old Granny, and the best chase scene you’ve ever seen.You may even learn to say ‘The truth is a lemon meringue’ in Spanish! This is barking bonkers…
‘It was 1529,’ Old Granny began, ‘and it was totally rubbish. There was no TV, no rap music, no nothing. The King was a skinny old hunchback with no teeth, the Queen was an ant, and there was nothing to eat in the entire kingdom except for one enormous apple surrounded by the royal guards. I tell you, the Olden Days were a total waste of time.
‘”I’m sick of it,” said Nicholas de Twinklecakes one Wednesday morning, just after a delicious breakfast of nothing at all. “I haven’t eaten for about a year and I’m starting to get hungry. I’m going to build a windmill, and then we can make loaves of bread.”
‘”Hoorah,” said his wife and son. “Hoorah hoorah hoorah.”