The top-selling U.K. series for middle-grade readers now crosses the pond!
Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer’s worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. All Tom really wants is to score tickets to see the best band ever, Dude3, when they come to town, and to impress Amy Porter, who is very nice and smart (but is currently ignoring him). Tom’s teachers think he is easily distracted and "lacks focus," but that’s a bit harsh — can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night’s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, creative storyteller, and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages — and keep them laughing.
About the Author
L. Pichon says that when she was little, she loved to draw, and her mom said she was very good at making a mess (this is still true today). She kept drawing, went to art school, became a designer and art director at Jive Records, and began to publish children’s books. After its publication in the U.K., The Brilliant World of Tom Gates won several prestigious awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. L. Pichon lives in Brighton, England, with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun and easy read! The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is a fun easy to read fictional story about a fifth grade student named Tom Gates. He keeps a daily journal for writing and drawing about his school experiences and family adventures. Tom is often bored at school and makes funny creative excuses for not doing his homework assignments. At home, he likes to play jokes on his sister and spending time planning the future of his band called DogZombies. My favorite part of this book is Tom’s preparation and description of his family’s first outdoor camping vacation. They got lost while driving and get a flat tire. The family then gets caught in a rain storm and their tent blows away. The family was not happy with the campsite experience. I feel readers and students of all ages will enjoy the characters, illustrations and the imagination of Tom Gates. I’m giving a rating of five stars for The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. Review by Young Mensan Cyrus S., age 8, Greater New York Mensa