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Tom Gates 20: Happy to Help (eventually)

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Tom’s everyday trials and tribulations at home and school immerse readers in a relatable world, wherever they live. Tom remembers other fun times he's had, like metal detecting with Uncle Kevin and the cousins or inventing a new secret language with Derek. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan's bed and ladybirds in his lunchbox.

Master of excuses Tom is a bit of a brat (especially when it comes to homework), he however is also a creative storyteller, doodler and school comedian extraordinaire. This story is told in the form of letters, from Freddy and his parents and also some of the other characters. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. He also loves having his own room where he can draw in peace, so his life is turned upside down when a surprise that he's been promised turns out to be his little, wrinkly, ex-maths-champion grandmother from China.Insightful, accessible and easy to navigate, this is an essential book for autistic and allistic (non-autistic) readers of all ages, including adults. Cue a rollicking madcap road trip, full of driving disasters and family fallouts, as they set off on a rescue mission.

I'm TRYING to get voted onto the school council as well - but thanks to the ABOVE list it's not exactly going to plan. The first book in the series, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, was published in 2011 and won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, a Red House Children's Book Award and a Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Tom Gates is the doodling schoolboy at the heart of Pichon’s award-winning series of middle-grade books.The Tom Gates book series by Liz Pichon encompasses a variety of themes relevant to kids including school life, family dynamics, friendship, and the joy of creativity, notably through Tom's love of doodling and music. I know my talented creative readers are going to enjoy ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ Halloween TV special that I co-wrote, and sing along to the spooky song my music producer husband Mark and I wrote. Certainly, on Most Recommended Books, you can find reviews and thorough summaries for each book in the Pichon series. Have a Tom Gates count down to Christmas with this advent calendar collection of twenty-four mini activity and story books, PERFECT for every Tom Gates superfan!

He attends Oakfield Primary School where he is in Mr Fullerman's Class 5F, under headmaster Mr Keen. Tom Gates is a British series of fiction and graphic books written by Liz Pichon taking the form of an illustrated diary written by the eponymous schoolboy. Bestselling author and illustrator Liz Pichon gives you a step-by-step guide to drawing the wonderful characters from her blockbuster Tom Gates series, and more! Tom lives in a traditional nuclear family – he has one older sister, Delia Gates – who is a teenager and they ‘hate’ each other.

The format is similar in style to Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, but I would say there is a touch more text, so it’s a nice step forward for children who love the illustrated format and are ready for a slightly more complex story. Over the last 10 years of writing and drawing Tom Gates, I’ve seen how much kids have enjoyed drawing and copying the doodle style.

What the reader knows, but Freddy remains clueless about, is that his parents are not actually sprout farmers but secret agents on the tail of the mastermind criminal Dr Alpha Bett. But only ONE thing will cheer Tom up: a caramel doughnut from the new bakery… trouble is, every other kid in town keeps getting there before him!The Tom Gates series is written by Liz Pichon, an award-winning author and illustrator known for creating engaging stories that capture the attention of young readers. PR includes BBC Breakfast, CBBC Newsround, Channel 5 News and a wealth of print media including Liz as expert judge for the Sun on its Christmas card competition.

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