Sarah's Stars

Andy Stanton. Mr. Gum and the Goblins
Egmont  $9.95  ISBN 978-1-4052-2816-9  196 pg.
Reviewed by Joe, Age 12

“Let’s get goin’, me old Burger Wizard.  We got songs to sing an’ tunnels to go down!” 

And then they were gone, and Polly and Friday were left alone in the dark. 

Trudging through the snow, we find Polly, Friday and Alan Taylor.  Suddenly they hear a loud wail.  They rush to see what it is.  Find out what it is in this excellent story by Andy Stanton.

This book has goblins, villains and heroes.  I think this book is suitable for ages 7 to 12.  The other books in this trilogy are You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum and Mr. Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire, and both are very good books!

I liked Mr. Gum and the Goblins very much.  It is one of the funniest books I have read, and it was easy to read.  It took a few chapters to grab my attention, but then I was really into the book.  The plot was fast moving, and sensible, and there were lots of surprises and laughs.  The characters were realistic for the most part, and I could see through the characters’ eyes.  My favourite character in this book was Friday, because I love his saying: “The truth is lemon meringue”.   At some points it was difficult to see the story in my mind, however, there was ample description given.  The illustrations were creative and helped me to imagine the scenes.  The ending was well written and a bit of a surprise.  Overall I was very happy with this book, and I look forward to the next one.

This reviewer gives Mr. Gum and the Goblins 4 lemon meringue stars.


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