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In this hilarious and entertaining author Andy Stanton explores his Mr Gum series and gives an insight into his childhood and how he became a writer. You will also get lots of hints and tips for creative writing.
If you only do one thing
We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could complete before or after watching the event with Andy Stanton.
Brilliant book idea LIT 2-01a, LIT 2-09a, LIT 2-25a, LIT 2-28a
There are eight books in the Mr Gum series, and all have exciting titles and stories, such as Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire. Think of an idea for a new Mr Gum book- what cunning plan will he have next? Will he have any accomplices? Who will help to stop him? Where will the story take place? What will happen in the end? What will the title be? Divide the class into pairs and ask them to discuss their new story idea. Allow five minutes for this discussion and ask pupils to write down notes about their ideas. Then ask all the pairs to tell their story idea to the rest of the class.
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