For those new to Pichon’s work, the Tom Gates series is a British publishing sensation. Having started life in 2011 with The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, there are now 10 books charting the life and times of Tom, an endearing but chaotic young boy (aged about 10), his mother and father, sister Delia and best friend Marcus. In five years, the books have sold more than four million copies worldwide, and been translated into 42 languages.
In the same satirical realist comedy fiction genre as the monumentally popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, the Tom Gates books are not just guaranteed to enthrall a young reader on a summer holiday afternoon. They are also perfect for children who need a bit more encouragement than average – whether that might be due to a diagnosed condition such as dyslexia, or because they just can’t sit still.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like books. I loved them. I just took longer to read than anyone else