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Mr. Gum and the Secret Hideout
by Andy Stanton
Order:  USA  Can
Egmont, 2014 (2014)
Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

The eighth installment of the Mr. Gum series finds the town of Lamonic Bibber in trouble. Clouds are falling from the sky, the sky is no longer blue, and Lamonic Bibber is falling prey to Townal Warmin. But what, or who, has caused such a drastic and unfavorable change in the weather?

You guessed it! Mr. Gum and his trusty sidekick Billy William the third. From their secret hideout the two evildoers are burning meat and entrails to pollute Lamonic Bibber. They must be stopped and Polly and Friday O'Leary are just the pair to get the job done.

Together Polly and Friday create the Department of Clouds and Yogurts to find Mr. Gum and stop his polluting ways. But that won't be easy and they'll need all the help they can get. Even gingerbread man Alan Taylor comes out of hibernation to help Polly and Friday.

What will become of Lamonic Bibber, Polly, and her friends? Pick up a copy of this funny novel for readers ages seven to ten to find out. Although this installment of Mr. Gum is hilarious and I laughed my way through the pages, my adult sensibilities were rather grossed out by the entrails used to pollute the town. Therefore I do not recommend reading this book during lunch.

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