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Excellent excuses (and other good stuff), by Liz Pichon

Label
Excellent excuses (and other good stuff)
Title
Excellent excuses (and other good stuff)
Statement of responsibility
by Liz Pichon
Title variation
Tom Gates, excellent excuses (and other good stuff)
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
No school for two weeks gives Tom time to do important things, such as inventing new ways to annoy his sister Delia
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Review
  • Grades 3-6 Tom Gates is still slogging his way through fifth grade—seriously, what’s with all the homework?—but there have been a few positive developments, such as the gold-star classroom chart and seeing a bucket of slimy mud dumped on Marcus Meldrew. This second series installment sees Tom try to get out of seeing the dentist, homework, school band, homework again, and spending time with his cousins, who force him to watch scary movies (Bloodsucker Beetles vs. Giant Aliens, for example). He and his best friend, Derek, also hold auditions for their band, play their first show, and try to avoid Derek’s “helpful” ’60s-rock-obsessed dad. Pichon hits the elementary- school sweet spot by blending humor and tween embarrassments (parents, having to wear teddy bear swimming trunks) with Tom’s hilarious doodles and insights. The glossary of British slang returns, now with excellent words such as lurgy and manky. Ample white space and illustrations make this perfect for reluctant readers or those not quite ready for Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19, p107)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Tom Gates, a British lad in year five, can't wait for his two-week holiday from school. He and his best mate, Derek, have some grand plans: doing nothing; having sleepovers; practicing being rock stars in their band, Dogzombies; annoying Tom's snarky older sister, Delia; and watching lots of television. Unfortunately, a letter home from Tom's teacher Mr. Fullerman puts the brakes on the fun. Mr. Fullerman may or may not have fallen for Tom's "attacked by a vicious dog on the way to school" excuse regarding his missing homework. His mother insists that the homework be completed before anything else and throws in the demand for a clean room to boot. Faced with this task, Tom draws a total blank and ends up drawing cobwebs in his notebook instead. Hilariously unreflective and self-absorbed, Tom aspires to avoid schoolwork at all costs and become a rock star, even though he hasn't mastered the music part and his band lacks a drummer. Tom and Greg Heffley are kindred spirits, and Tom's notebook, filled with frenetic, free-wheeling attempts to avoid homework, responsibility, Marcus Melgrew, his uncle, and all things remotely unpleasant, should entertain, if not resonate. This is not the first in the series, but readers will have no problem jumping into the story. Many terms have been Americanized, such as Mom instead of Mum , but those Briticisms that were not, such as bodged or bogey , are explained in a short glossary at the end of the book. VERDICT Middle grade readers looking for more books with "Wimpy-appeal" should find a lot to enjoy in this UK import.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ --Brenda Kahn (Reviewed May 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 5, p104)
  • That wimpy kid from across the pond returns in a sequel to The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (2014).The pleasure of a two-week school vacation is only somewhat blunted by Tom's need to make up the homework so tragically "eaten" before the holiday. After a few mulligans, Tom is at liberty to go to his mate Derek's and rehearse with the up-and-coming rock sensation DogZombies. Since they need a drummer for "Wild Thing," the band mates decide to audition one as soon as school resumes. Cartoon-punctuated high jinks ensue. Tom must cope with an epic toothache (eating sweets occupies much of his narrative), his and Derek's brief stint in the school band (the members of which play recycled instruments with great accomplishment, unlike the DogZombies), new trio DogZombies' debut at Tom's granddad's retirement home, and his teacher's irritating insistence that he do his homework properly. Also his nemeses, goth sister Delia and class suck-up Marcus Meldrew. Like his Yank counterpart, Tom's narrative is episodic, rambling, and only unevenly funny. Tom's doodles are appealing, though, particularly the unsmiling, sunglasses-clad face of sister Delia, repeated whenever her name appears throughout. An appended glossary unpacks such British mysteries as "biscuit" and "dodgy." The only thing that materially distinguishes Tom Gates from Greg Heffley and his legions of pretenders is his accent; some readers may feel that's good enough. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10171137
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pichon, Liz
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 610
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
3.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Tom Gates stories
Series volume
0002
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Excellent excuses (and other good stuff), by Liz Pichon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Includes a special glossary by Tom!"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition, reinforced trade edition.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780763674748
Lccn
2014944793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
BRO-adap20150601-069/rlg
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn884480070
  • (OCoLC)884480070
  • 344775
  • 347696
Label
Excellent excuses (and other good stuff), by Liz Pichon
Publication
Note
"Includes a special glossary by Tom!"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition, reinforced trade edition.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780763674748
Lccn
2014944793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
BRO-adap20150601-069/rlg
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn884480070
  • (OCoLC)884480070
  • 344775
  • 347696

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