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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear Award-winning

by Andy Stanton (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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Product description

Horrible old Mr Gum is back with a hilarious tale for little nibbleheads! It’s a story for anyone who likes to read about hot-air balloons, mad sea captains, disgusting old villains and words like ‘wab!’, ‘tungler’ and ‘kelp’. Fifth in a bestselling series, this book’s got all of those things – and a lot more besides. Shamelessly zany and brimming with chuckles, it’ll fly off the bookshelf in a flash!

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2008.

“Quirky, odd and deliciously funny” – Sophie Dahl

Product Details






Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

September 1st, 2008

Lexile measure

920L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.6; Middle years; 2.0 points

Other details

  • 232 pages



UK edition


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  1. Leahka99
    on 8 March 2014

    Thus book was a hit like a song I love it I think I would recommend this book to little awesome people read it if u dear I love the bear padlock and the little girl Polly they tried to get away from billy and mr gum

    5out of 5
  2. roxyandruby101
    on 21 October 2013

    I have this book and recently used it for my school work. In it you will read about bears called Padlock, two terrifyingly villans, one little girl called Polly, a hot air balloon and Jonathan Ripples the fattest man in town! I would recommend these series of books for all ages.

    5out of 5
  3. pawprint2
    on 8 March 2013


    5out of 5
  4. ninjastickman
    on 5 March 2013

    Mr.Gum is a hilareous character! This time he’s got himself a dancing bear and he’s showing off to captain Brazil

    5out of 5
  5. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    a lovely book

  6. lids
    on 2 March 2012

    really good i loved it!!!!!

  7. Flissy22
    on 1 March 2012

    this one is quite sad because the bear is made to dance but it gets better, i would defiantly say read this book

  8. migit1
    on 7 November 2011

    i really like the mr gum books!

  9. magicial
    on 3 January 2010

    its a good book but its not my best book ever if i had to give it marks out of 1000 it will be 970/1000

  10. Quack
    on 13 November 2009

    This Book is really funny and Silly! I loved it! 4 stars