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Mr Gum and the Power Crystals

Shabba me whiskers! It’s a bold new look for Mr Gum, the best-selling cult classic, ready for a new generation of nibbleheads.

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).

Mr Gum and the Power Crystals is the fourth book in the internationally best-selling series by Andy Stanton, which has won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Our Review Panel says...

I love all funny books, but it’s rare for one to make me actually laugh out loud… the Mr Gum books never fail to make this happen. This particular one is probably my favourite in the brilliant series, not least because of the song, ‘Crazy Barry Fungus’, which is a work of total genius. If my daughter and I want to make each other laugh like drains, we just quote the song’s line, ‘You stupid dangerous weirdo’ at each other and proceed to fall about in fits of giggles for the next week or two. Our lives were incomplete before we discovered Polly, Friday O’Leary, Alan Taylor (the best name for a gingerbread man with electric muscles EVER) and of course the always-foul Mr Gum and Billy William. These books always cheer me right up.

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