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Book Reviews: Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (…not), by Liz Pichon

Book Reviews: Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (…not), by Liz Pichon
Tom Gates, Extra Special Treats (...Not) by Liz Pichon
Series: Tom Gates #6
Published by Scholastic on 17 October 2013


It's really cold outside and we're all hoping it's going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow Rooster and have a snowball fight (look out, Delia!). Granny Mavis has started to knit me a new winter jumper, but by the looks of things I'm not sure it's going to fit. . .



Star rating **** 4 out of 5

Tom Gates is a funny book about a boy who is in primary school, with laughter and giggles guaranteed it is a good book that is very quick to read.

Tom Gates is in Year 6 and is in a band called the Dog Zombies. He gets into trouble a lot at school, but only some of the time it is his fault! He has two best friends, Norman and Derek, who are also in the Dog Zombies.

This book is a half cartoon book that has a small amount of words, so it is very easy to read in a short time.

My favourite part in the book was when Marcus (Tom’s Arch Enemy) pushes Tom out of the doors into the cold and windy storm, because his teacher, Mr Fullerman, gets to have a look at what he is really like outside the classroom.

I also like it when Tom really wants a star pupil badge but he keeps turning in crumpled and late homework, so at that point it doesn’t look like he is going to get one.

The funniest bit has to be when Tom is stuffing chocolate raisins into his mouth and then his mum walks in, and Tom gives her a hug so he can swallow them all without her seeing, and leaves a chocolate handprint on her new beige dress!

I truly recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like reading long books because you can read it really easily.

What happens to Tom and the Star Pupil Badge, does he get it? Do the Dog Zombies make it to the number one charts? You’ll have to read it to find out!



Star rating **** 4 out of 5

Tom Gates is desperate for a Star Pupil badge. Marcus Meldrew has got one. He doesn’t stop going on about it either. Can Tom manage to get a badge while there’s snow (yeah!), homework (groan), and awful Marcus (double groan) to deal with?

This is the sixth book in the Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning series, and it’s as much fun as ever. Tom doodles on everything (so no change there then), his sister Delia is grumpy all the time (so no change there then either), and if there’s an opportunity to gobble up a caramel wafer it is not wasted.

Brilliantly entertaining to read, and equally entertaining just to look at because of the fantastic doodles, Liz Pichon really knows how to capture a reader’s attention, and how to make them giggle uncontrollably once she’s got it.  The Tom Gates books are a great choice for reluctant readers, for willing readers, and everyone in between who enjoys silliness and caramel wafers. Plus you get two (two!) board games, and a lesson in how to make a stand-up monster. Extra special treats indeed.





  1. Amazing Book I hate reading but i have read 3 of there books they are easy to read and mostly doodles

  2. I think that this book is brilliant and at school we have been doing some work on tom gates for book day. My faviroute parts are when Mr Fullerman gets to see what Marcus is really like. If you want to know what happens read it to find out!

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