The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
Mr Gum is a very nasty man. He is mean, cruel, smelly and ruthless and has a dastardly plan to make money out of Padlock the bear.
Padlock the bear is as tall as 40 hamsters and weighs as much as 19,000 grapes. He is also sad and ill because he is homesick for the Kingdom of the Beasts.
His little friend Polly decides she must somehow get Padlock home before he dies of a broken heart. But is Polly's resourcefulness any match for Mr Gum's wickedness?
This fifth book about the thoroughly unpleasant Mr Gum has a ludicrous plot, bizarre characters and explores language and humour in ways as yet undiscovered by other authors.
Ideal for newly fluent readers, with well-spaced text and pen and ink illustrations.
Winner of the 2008 Roald Dahl Funny Prize.