There was big excitement in our house this week as the bedtime story book is the latest in the Mr Gum series. These books are written by Andy Stanton and feature the rather strange inhabitants of the town of Lamonic Bibber. Where the forces of good (Alan Taylor a small man who happens to be made of gingerbread, Friday O'Leary who believes that the truth is a lemon meringue and Polly who "has a heart so brave it would fight a lion if the lion deserved it, for instance if he'd been trying to rob pencils") are in a constant struggle against the forces of evil (Mr Gum who hated children, animals, fun and corn on the cob and Billy William the Third who runs Right Royal Meats the worst butcher's shop in the world).
This latest story has Mr Gum and Billy William falling out after Mr Gum started to buy his food from Greasy Ian's house of Slops kebab shop. So begins the Dinnertime Wars.
"One Week later Mr Gum was sitting out in his garden relaxing in his favourite broken deck chair and reading a copy of the History of Kebabs, which Greasy Ian had lent him. Mr Gum hated reading but he liked looking at the pictures. One of the pictures showed a small boy crying because he'd eaten too much chilli sauce. Another showed a vegetarian being attacked by doner kebabs"
A bit like Flight of the Conchords, Mr Gum divides opinion in our house, I love it and often burst out laughing as I'm reading it to my son (who also loves them). My wife hates them
If you have 5/6/7/8 yr old children give them a go - there is more imagination and humour in one chapter of these than 100 horrid henrys
The series consists of in order
You're a Bad Man Mr Gum
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire
Mr Gum and the Goblins
Mr Gum and the Power Crystals
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
What's for Dinner Mr Gum
Mr Gum has his own website which you can find here
You can buy all the books here they seem to be between £3:50 and £5:00