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About the Author

Liz Pichon is a British illustrator and children's writer. She studied graphic design in the Camberwell School of Art in London. She worked as art director in the musical label Jive Records. Afterwards she started working as a freelance illustrator and writer of children's books. She also writes show more the Tom Gates Series. Her titles include: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Tom Gates Everything's Amazing (sort of), Tom Gates Best Book Day Ever! and Tom Gates Super Good Skills (Almost). Her children's title The Very Ugly Book became well known in Worldcat Libraries. Her awards include the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Red House Book Award Best Book for Young Readers, the Waterstone¹s Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds Prize, and the Blue Peter Award for Best Story. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Liz Pichon

Penguins (2008) 308 copies
The Very Ugly Bug (2004) 211 copies
A Tiny Bit Lucky (Tom Gates) (2014) 210 copies
I'm Bored! (2005) 134 copies
Tom Gates 15: What Monster? (2018) 104 copies
Shoe Wars (2020) 41 copies
My Big Brother, Boris (2004) 37 copies
Hot Dogs and Cool Cats (1996) 20 copies
My Little Sister, Doris (2008) 18 copies
Old Macdonald's Farm (2002) 14 copies
tom gates (2013) 5 copies
Miss Polly Had a Dolly (2003) 5 copies
Tom Gates, Band 17 (2020) 3 copies
Tom Gates The Music Book (2019) 3 copies
Tom Gates, Band 11 (2017) 3 copies
Old Macdonald's 1, 2, 3 (2002) 2 copies
Tom Gates Box Set (2013) 1 copy
Alphabet 1 copy

Associated Works

Spinderella (2002) — Illustrator, some editions — 118 copies
The Little Red Hen (First Favourite Tales) (1992) — Illustrator — 30 copies
Dave (2009) — Illustrator — 22 copies
Swallows and Spiders : Two Stories in One! (2012) — Illustrator — 8 copies


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London, England, UK



Strictly speaking, this story was more fun than finding your FAVORITE shoes on sale in every color of the rainbow in EXACTLY your size!

There are characters you won't soon forget, plots that are so devious you'll question giving the benefit of the doubt to everyone, creativity that will boggle your mind, and so many laughs and guffaws to be had, you'll end up with a showbox size tummy ache by book's end. Ruby and Bear are a great duo and seriously have each other's backs. Their father was some adult readers could also relate to, as was Betty, because he cared about his family and friends so much, he was willing to put his dreams and aspirations to the side to provide for them. Even with the loss of their mother (most mysteriously!), he picked up the pieces of his heart's loss and provided a good life...despite wedge shaped black hole in it. Speaking of wedges (and I'm sorry, but I definitely don't find them comfortable!), Wendy Wedge was a seriously unexpectedly dastardly baddie, and TOE-tally deserves everything she has coming...the spoils of which I shall not reveal, but trust me when I say, you'll be in awe of how far the perceived mighty fall.

One thing, I found surprising, but refreshing all the same as that the author doesn't pull any punches! There are no mysterious happy endings, no escaping by the skin of their teeth moments, and no unbelievable outcomes to some truly cringe worthy situations. If they get into trouble, in trouble they stay until they work their way out of it. If they are being followed by Mr. Creeper, then they are being followed and most definitely aren't able to shrug him off their trail (though Shoo - the cat - seriously manages some astounding feats!). If they are trying to hide something they shouldn't know, do, or have, then like most secrets...it gets out. If they are suppose to be listening to their father and staying out of trouble, then they are probably getting into it like most kids will do. The point is...as FUNtastic and punny as the story is, it still feels REAL. Sure, every page is littered with shoe puns of every sort, from images to story, names to places, heck, even the chapters aren't chapters...they're SIZES...but everyone was written with such heart, that ultimately you have a great time, while still feeling like you're stepping into some mighty powerful shoes.

**copy received for review; opinions are my own
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GRgenius | 1 other review | Jul 31, 2022 |
This book is about when Tom and his friends find out that there is a new doodling wall at school, but when they doodle on the wrong wall there is some explaining to do. Tom's doing everything possible to stay out of trouble, but somehow he's got THREE sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won't let him go on the SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom's annoyed by his grumpy sister Delia. Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework?

This book was very interesting and funny, Liz Pichon used multiple plots in the story to hook the reader in. The book also uses comedy and the fact that Tom’s life is so full of adventure and wildness. I rate this book a 7/10 and recommend this book to 8-10 yr olds.
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firelion | 2 other reviews | Nov 5, 2021 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This book was read by my sons. Both of them enjoyed the storyline and finished it in a couple of days (it was engaging). They particularly enjoyed the main character. Definitely a series worth checking out at the library.
adamps | 10 other reviews | Jun 14, 2021 |


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