Competition Time with Andy Stanton

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In 2018, Scottish Friendly is celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with the Scottish Book Trust. From 1998-2018 the tour has taken over 100 authors and illustrators to meet 100,000 children across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. This September, Scottish Book Trust are taking the award-winning author of the Mr Gum series, Andy Stanton back on the road. Andy first toured with the Children’s Book Tour in 2008, visiting over 1000 pupils in Fife and Midlothian! This time around he will be on an epic voyage across the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland.

Competition Time

To celebrate Andy’s tour, we are giving away a free copy his latest book Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity, illustrated by David Tazzyman. This totally bonkers time-travelling trip set in Lamonic Bibber, the home of Mr Gum is packed full of short stories and tall tales from through the ages. Andy Stanton’s off-the-wall humour and quick-wit transfers perfectly into this weird whistle-stop tour through time.

To be in with a chance of winning your own signed copy of Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity, simply answer the question below:

In the book we travel to 1601 and meet Terry Shakespeare, who has written a play about a hag, a squirrel and a shoe salesman. But who is Terry’s better-known brother?

  1. Bob Shakespeare
  2. Will Shakespeare
  3. Colin Shakespeare

Closing date is Thursday 27th September at 12pm. To enter please add your answer as a comment below along with your name, who you would like the book to be dedicated to and email address. View full terms and conditions here.

About Andy

Andy Stanton

Andy Stanton

Andy has been a film script reader, a cartoonist, an NHS lackey and lots of other things. He has many interests, but best of all he likes cartoons, books and music (even jazz). His favourite expression is ‘good evening’ and his favourite word is ‘captain’. You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! was his first book and is the first in the nine-part Mr Gum series. It has won two Blue Peter Book Awards and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

On the Bookshelf

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Mr Grum

Illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne. A deliciously funny new picture book by Scottish Children’s Book Award winner Chae Strathie and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Nicola O’ Byrne. When the animals visit Little Sam Sundae’s ice cream shop on Jellybean Street they have some unusual requests. .


Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity


We begin 20,000 years ago, where me meet Natboff, in a wife-stealing soap opera, and end 1 million years in the future with the tale of Plover, a talking grape. In-between, twisted tales from through the ages come alive as Andy Stanton’s off-the-wall humour and quick-wit transfers perfectly into this weird whistle-stop tour through time, all perfectly paired with David Tazzyman’s lively illustrations.

You can also watch Andy’s hilarious Author’s Live event.

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