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Jun 29 2017

My school project: Family, friends and furry creatures by Liz Pichon

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Tom Gates series, book 12. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743816523
(Age: 8-11) Recommended. Boys. Family life. School activities. Family trees. Drawing. Tom Gates is back with another humorous diary packed with furry creatures, silly doodles, fun cartoons and a running commentary about school and home life. What happens when his shoes make loud raspy sounds on the way to school, on the newly polished hall floors and in class? Tom tries unsuccessfully to make everyone believe it is no shoes day at school, but Mr. Fullerman sends him to the office and Tom has to wear a pair of dazzling white gym shoes. Class 5F are building their family trees, interviewing their family members to find stories of their lives for this project. Tom creatively draws his baby picture when he forgets his photo.
Of course, nothing is ever straightforward with Tom Gates, even though he tries hard. He's a great procrastinator; he'd rather be eating snacks or creating furry creatures with sticky tape and pencil lines. Tom uncovers loads of interesting facts about his family and his friends. There is the Wrinklies - his grandparents who have been travelling around the world for the past seven years, even swimming with sharks. There is lots of humour in Tom's unique school project, he reveals family secrets, embellishes his grandparent's careers and includes some rather embarrassing moments.
Liz Pichon's Tom Gates series is perfect for reluctant readers who enjoy stories told through visual presentations, cartoons, doodles and sketches. The text is minimal, presented in a variety of formats, styles and sizes, handwriting, bubble writing, emphasized words, block writing and words made out of patterns. My school project : Family, friends and furry creatures is another fun addition to the popular Tom Gates books, recommended for a readers from 8-11.
Rhyllis Bignell

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