You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! Award-winning by Andy Stanton (author)

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man. He’s absolutely grimsters. But this book is not just about him. There is also a little girl called Polly, an evil butcher, heroes and sweets and stuff, and Jake the dog, who must be saved from terrible, terrible evil. The hit comedy which has taken the world by storm brings together a wonderfully horrible villain, a delightfully naive heroine, and heaps of cliffhanging tension. Everyone says Mr Gum is the funniest thing since Roald Dahl – so don’t hang about! Let your pupils judge!

Winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Praise for the Mr Gum series:

“Quirky, odd and deliciously funny.” Sophie Dahl

“Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant! Andy Stanton is far too clever and funny and should be locked away in a very dark place that nobody can find.” Jeremy Strong

“A wickedly entertaining story.” Bookseller

Product Details






Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

August 7th, 2006

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Middle years; 2.0 points

Other details

  • 192 pages




Andy Stanton

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What kids think

  1. Leahka99
    on 8 March 2014

    This is the best mr gum book ever I like it when the fairy wacks him with a frying pan

    5 out of 5
  2. Spidergirl
    on 6 March 2014

    Thumbs up for this book

    4 out of 5
  3. Aimeemitch
    on 5 March 2014

    I love the mr gum stories very funny but some very tricky words occasionally though.

    4 out of 5
  4. fantasticmissfox
    on 5 March 2014

    This book is very funty. It is a mittersy if anyone doesn’t like it. One of the funniest books I have ever read. You HAVE to read it. If you don’t like it you are either Krusty the Clown or need a sense of humour transplant.

  5. cr7greenmungo123
    on 4 March 2014

    Very funny

  6. Sugar6789
    on 7 August 2013

    Mr.gum is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. candyfloss2004
    on 25 May 2013

    I liked this book. Mr gum was always grumpy but really funny.The little girl tried to stop him poisoning the dog with her funny friend.

    4 out of 5
  8. cathy6
    on 19 March 2013

    really good

  9. lap312i
    on 6 March 2013

    i loved mr gum

  10. Paradise56
    on 5 March 2013

    good interesting book

  11. ninjastickman
    on 5 March 2013

    Mr.Gum is a hilareous character! This time he’s tried to poison that whopper of a dog- Jake. But it doesn’t go well

    5 out of 5
  12. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    I read this to my sister at bed time and she couldn’t sleep’for an hourafter her bed time cause keept laughing ..really fun and a good book

  13. maevelove
    on 12 March 2012

    I read this book ages ago aswell (so i forget most of it but i remember that ILOVEDIT!!!!)

    5 out of 5
  14. superskiboy
    on 2 March 2012

    I enjoyed this book because it is really random and funny. Also, the descriptions of characters are brilliant and I can really imagine Mr. Gum and Polly!

  15. Flissy22
    on 1 March 2012

    this is the first one of the mr.gum series and i rely enjoyed it, this book rely encourages you to read the others.

  16. cmiles
    on 24 February 2012

    This book is too funny for me especially chapter 4 !!!

  17. loi77
    on 18 December 2011

    AWSOME!! But MR gum and the Biscuit milliner is my fav Mr gum book!!!!

    5 out of 5
  18. 2533becky
    on 1 October 2011

    i loved it butttt it was queit boring

    5 out of 5
  19. kelly16
    on 7 July 2011

    i like this book because it funny and chapter 5s title is so long but my friend joe and ben in my class can say it realy quick with out looking

    5 out of 5
  20. TeganBrownieXD
    on 20 May 2011

    The Teacher read it to us in class and I got so bored I nearly fell asleep. It’s a rubbish book.

  21. jojo-3sal
    on 7 May 2011


  22. tinka14
    on 16 April 2011

    useless ablousty uselesss never read this it is uselesss i hated it

    1 out of 5
  23. ellis8
    on 6 March 2011

    made me laugh.ALOT.whith this book i couldent get enough of it infact so mutch ive read it TWICE

    5 out of 5
  24. pinky3b5
    on 3 December 2010


  25. pianostar412
    on 3 December 2010

    Fab book! My sister has read all of them and loved every single moment.I’ve read them too, and thought it was hilarious! I really want to be an author just like Andy, I’ve tried writeing my own books in the style of him. P.s didn’t work.

    5 out of 5
  26. kungcuddles
    on 9 August 2010

    I think this book is great! I thought it really funny when mr gum gets hit with a frying pan by a fairy if his garden is a mess. Also it was funny how long polly’s name was if you were an enemy.

    5 out of 5
  27. Banana88
    on 19 July 2010

    This is really, really good. have read all in sires, and am looking forwards to more! If you are reading this review, or thinking of reading this, do!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  28. barker
    on 14 July 2010

    This book is awsome and hilariously funny. People who like mistchief,fun and little girls called polly then this is the book for you.

    5 out of 5
  29. RockRoll
    on 29 May 2010

    This book is soooooooooo funny and cool! It’s wicked plot not only tells a brilliant story but also is stuffed to the brim with hilarity.

    And remember all readers…..


    5 out of 5
  30. jackman2k10
    on 27 February 2010

    This is one of the funniest books I have ever read and I loooooooooooove reading. I had to read it about 50 times because practically, my sides were splitting. I got my mum and dad to read it and even my grandma’s and granddad’s. I would definitely reccomend this book. If Andy Stanton is reading this, Andy… you are one of the funniest authors ever. I would love to meet you.

    5 out of 5
  31. hattiev
    on 25 February 2010

    Mr.Gum is a very popular book in my class!

    But this one in paticular tells you more and more about different things!

        READ IT!
    5 out of 5
  32. spongebob5
    on 16 January 2010

    I love this book because it is really funny. I like Polly’s name and when Mr Gum’s moles pop out of their mole holes. Mr Gum is really nasty. I love the frount cover. I love the Fairy that hit’s Mr Gum on the head.

    5 out of 5
  33. londonswimstar
    on 15 February 2009

    I thought this book was really, really good. It’s about Mr Gum – he’s a bad man and Billy William – he’s bad too. It’s funny. I thought the funniest bit was when Friday O’Leary shouted “The truth is a lemon meringue!”. You really should read this book.

    5 out of 5
  34. coolcat1998
    on 14 June 2008

    This book is really good and funny.

    5 out of 5
  35. jkelly20
    on 12 June 2008

    to active

    3 out of 5