Mr gum

(27 Posts)
Wobblypig Tue 26-Feb-13 20:50:01

Yr1 Ds has been struggling a bit with the comprehension of words, turns of phrase etc in some books such as paddington bear. The school have suggested we bring in reading books from home so Ds chose mr GUm from the bookshop today. Would this be acceptable to the school or would it be frowned upon?

frazzledbutcalm Tue 26-Feb-13 22:59:08

Is your son reading Mr Gum? ... Ours read this in year 3. Tbh though, I think the Mr Gum series is awful!! Dd loves it, but I just find it stupid, nonsense, and gramatically wrong!

Iwillorderthefood Tue 26-Feb-13 23:03:25

DD reading it in Y2 she loves it, she has it as her book from school. I can't wait for her to finish it.

PepeLePew Tue 26-Feb-13 23:17:28

We love Mr Gum, and the dcs do read them independently but I think they are best read aloud. The language is tricky and a lot of it is "wrong" or uses made up words. I think they are brilliantly inventive and very funny but I would hate to listen to it read aloud by a 6 year old and they wouldn't be great for a child struggling with comprehension, I don't think.

seeker Tue 26-Feb-13 23:17:42

Mr Gum is the funniest thing ever. However, because the use of words is quite ...unusual...it may not be vey helpful as a reading book, although as a non school type book or a read aloud it would be perfect. Have you tried Beast Quest?

Cremolafoam Tue 26-Feb-13 23:24:56

We live Mr Gum - my sisters goldfish is Alan Taylor in homage to the gingerbread man.
Brilliant books!

CointreauVersial Tue 26-Feb-13 23:32:11

DD2 was a huge Mr Gum fan, great books.

steppemum Netherlands Tue 26-Feb-13 23:41:54

my dcs love them, but they work much better read out loud with funny voices, as some of the sentence structures are a bit odd, and odd words.

Y1 may be a bit young for the humour , mine read them Y2 and beyond.

They have them at school so that aspect wasn't a problem.

steppemum Netherlands Tue 26-Feb-13 23:42:40

sorry Pepe x posts I was typing slowly!

Cremolafoam Tue 26-Feb-13 23:51:11

YY to funny voices.
Mrs Lovely has a Scottish accent in oor hoouse

Wobblypig Wed 27-Feb-13 20:11:08

Thanks, Ds loves it and reads it well and easily I was more concerned about whether or not it was going to be considered to light hearted or a bit rude

School will be fine - DS took one into school in Y3 and they ended up reading it as their class book - teacher said she had never seen them all laugh so much grin

determinedma Wed 27-Feb-13 21:10:55

Mr Gum book is brilliant. We went to hear Andy Stanton at Edinburgh Book Festival and Ds was too shy to talk to him. After I wrote about it on a book site, Andy Stanton tracked us down via email and sent Ds a signed copy of his new book and a lovely hand written letter. Really nice man and very very funny books

Arithmeticulous Wed 27-Feb-13 21:15:01

THE TRUTH IS A LEMON MERINGUE

Virgil Wed 27-Feb-13 21:19:27

Mr gum is a big hit in our house and Andy Stanton was the recommended author for this term at DS1s school (year 3 ) BUT.... If your DS is struggling with comprehension of words and turn of phrase then Mr Gum could cause more problems than it solves since half the words are made up and the phrasing is often unusual.

Ruprekt Wed 27-Feb-13 21:26:15

Omg! We are on the 3rd mr gum and i hate it!!confusedconfusedconfused

My boys of 10 & 8 howl with laughter and think it is the funniest thing ever!

I have to come up with tunes to the crazy songs and the boys do sound effects. It is lovely that the boys want me to read but the books are so random!!

PepeLePew Wed 27-Feb-13 22:08:28

Catchphrase in our house when someone is behaving badly: "he's been driven wild by the cold winter wind and too much sugar". That's one of my favourite lines ever from a book.

Wobblypig Wed 27-Feb-13 22:29:45

Funnily enough Ds found paddington bear much harder work than MR Gum, although the words are made up. Recent books at school have been quite boring so he rattles through this. The main problems he has had is with the American phrases in books like flat Stanley and diary of a wimpy kid which were recommended by friends. He was fine with ROald DAhl which is obviously better written than many

seeker Wed 27-Feb-13 22:41:15

Paddington is actually quite difficult. Older books often are, simply because the vocabulary and context are unfamiliar.

frazzledbutcalm Thu 28-Feb-13 14:22:39

I think I am definitely lacking in something .... I just cannot bear Mr Gum books! Reading this thread I seem to be the only one!! blush

My dcs love Mr Gum though, so that's all that matters I guess.

determinedma Thu 28-Feb-13 20:50:22

My teens love Mr Gum too. Ds thinks Old Granny is just like his Grandma and the way Spirit of the Rainbow keeps getting called in for dinner makes me laugh.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 01-Mar-13 13:49:04

We've yet to try Mr Gum, but have been enjoying Roald Dahl. I still choose DD's books for her a lot of the time, otherwise it would be Jacqueline Wilson most of the time grin

One we're reading, and enjoying (although it is a bit stomach-churningly gross at times) is Alien in my Belly Button by Jimmy Mars. It says suitable for age 6 upwards on the back. DD's enjoying the gross-out bits which are making her giggle and that's a good thing to motivate her to read something different.

The back of the book says if you love Captain Underpants you'll love this.

jamaisjedors Wed 20-Mar-13 22:49:02

Paddington is quite tough, I agree.

We have an audio CD of it, and my two DS struggle a lot with some of the old-fashioned language (they are bilingual so maybe not quite up to scratch in English).

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 21-Mar-13 10:32:07

If the school frowned upon Mr Gum I'd be tempted to swap schools! If he's reading Mr Gum in Yr 1 I'd hope the school would be really, really pleased with his progress. My dd is in yr1 and enjoys it read to her but wouldn't be capable of reading it herself, even DS who is very good at reading had it read to him at that age.

seeker Thu 21-Mar-13 10:33:12

Why on earth would a school frown on Mr Gum?

Oh, and if your year 1 is reading Mr Gum he is most definitely not struggling......

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