You're a Bad Man Mr Gum! You're a Bad Man Mr Gum! - Andy Stanton (author), David Tazzyman (illustrator) Mr Gum is a very mean man, follow his hopeless plots and ventures in this hysterical book. Children and adults will have a great time reading together because of the author’s wonderfully funny characters and hilarious way with words, including phrases such as: "The truth is a lemon meringue!". Andy Stanton, author - I've been told many times that 'Mr Gum' has helped to get young readers started and it never fails to give me goosebumps - what a privilege it is to write for children. My stories might be silly, but I take writing and reading very seriously and am absolutely delighted to be included in Beanstalk's starter pack.