Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book Review - The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
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About the Book
Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer’s worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. All Tom really wants is to score tickets to see the best band ever, Dude3, when they come to town, and to impress Amy Porter, who is very nice and smart (but is currently ignoring him). Tom’s teachers think he is easily distracted and "lacks focus," but that’s a bit harsh — can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night’s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, creative storyteller, and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages — and keep them laughing.

My Take on the Book
This is very funny book. The text is written in such a way that the reader will feel like he/she is talking/listening to Tom Gates. Included are illustrations with hilarious speech bubbles. The character Tom Gates has a very vivid imagination. The reader will see that throughout the pages as they read the story.

The reader will feel like they are in Tom Gates' mind. He makes positive and negative comments about his home life and school life, his family and his friends. Everything that is happening in his life you will "hear" about through his writings.

At the end of the book is a step by step drawing guide for the reader to produce a drawing of his sister Delia.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for an older child who loves humor. It may encourage the child to write a journal and illustrate it too.

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