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tom gates

It really is a brilliant book according to the Trim Library Junior Book Club. 

Caoimhe thought it was the best book she’d ever read.  Both Erin and Emma read it twice.  All the children plan on reading the next two books featuring Tom Gates.  They loved the doodles and the book cover and definitely think this is one book that should be judged by its cover!

About the Book

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks – spilt water – lightning.. Tom’s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his CAMPING SUCKS holiday story, Tom’s work starts to go downhill – which is a pity, as he’s desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him…

In recent months, Liz Pichon has won, for The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Book Awards ‘Young Readers’ book category and the Waterstones Children’s Book Award in the 5-12 age group. Tom Gates, said Michael Rosen, is a book that “will appeal to anyone who doodles, likes to wind up their sibling and has a serious caramel wafer habit.”

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Scholastic and Red House have launched the Big Book Babble . They’re going to be bringing top children’s authors straight to the classroom or library – LIVE!Big_Book_Babble_logo

The aim of Big Book Babble is to encourage children to enjoy reading, so each programme will feature popular children’s authors interviewed by comedian James Campbell. The programmes will also highlight work submitted by children and include a profile of a second author, illustrator or poet, plus a Q&A session involving both the live and the virtual audience.

Andy Stanton, author of the hit Mr Gum series, was featured in their first show on Tuesday 24th January. He was joined by Liz Pichon, author of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. Interviews with Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt and Charlie Higson are also up online. Authors scheduled for the coming months include Francesca Simon, Anthony Horowitz and Steve Cole.

It’s a great opportunity for children to see books come to life with their favourite authors. You can prepare them in advance with free teacher resources or even submit questions to the authors! It’s absolutely FREE – all you need to do is register and you’ll be able to watch all the programmes.

 The Big Book Babble show will be streamed live promptly at 11am and lasts approx. 30 minutes.

The programmes are aimed at primary school children aged 7 to 11

You can sign up to the Big Book Babble newsletter and you’ll be kept up-to-date with news of the authors, illustrators and poets who are being featured in each show.

You can submit a question for the live Q&A session by filling  out an online form.

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