Tom Gates- Top of the Class by Liz Pichon
Published by Scholastic Australia
There’s an old saying, ‘you can’t tell a book by its cover’ but in Tom Gates- Top of the Class the cover tells you a lot about what you will find inside. With vibrant bright colours, simple and expressive pencil drawings and text that appeals to the child in us all I couldn’t wait to read the next instalment of Tom Gates and his world.
A quick flick through the pages shows you the talent and skills that Liz Pichon has in creating a character which has appealed to millions of children throughout the world and has been translated into 36 languages.
I love the way she combines the different genres and forms of graphic novels, cartooning, dialogue bubbles, squiggles, doodling and fonts which entices the reader to turn the page and find out more about Tom Gates’ world. I’m certain many children and adults have been encouraged to pursue their own drawing styles after reading one of these books.
This cartooning style appeals to the most avid and reluctant readers alike and every reader will enjoy it in different ways. Any book that entices readers to pick it up and engage it in is a great book to me and I highly recommend any Tom Gates books to emerging readers, accomplished readers and readers of any age.
Lots of laugh out loud moments that will keep the reader wanting to turn the page. Loved it.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Liz Pichon
Title: Tom Gates- Top of the Class
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: November 2015