A Tiny Bit Lucky – Tom Gates, by L Pichon

After seeing many children reading the likes of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy kid, I decided to see what all of the fuss was about. I wasn’t ‘wowed’ I’m afraid. So, starting with the positives, it definently is wacky in the way it is presented. I know that most kids will say it’s cool because of all the doodles and speech bubbles and I know what they mean. It’s a bit of fun and means that you can whip through the pages fairly swiftly. I like the way that Pichon sometimes includes faces next to speech which clearly show the mood/emotion that that character is feeling. This could be helpful for children who find it challenging to empathise with others, or if they are unfamiliar with some vocabulary, to help them work out the meaning of words. For someone who is autistic, this may be supportiveĀ in understanding the story.

IMG_0424.JPGHowever, I found that there wasn’t really much story. In fact, I read it a while ago and I couldn’t really tell you what happened, apart from random pizza combinations that kids at the school create. Stimulating visually, but not stimulating in story.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ella, year 6 says:

    I agree… Tom Gates books are really not my thing,


  2. I quite enjoy them but they aren’t as good as Michael Morpourgo


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