Gum Girl Volume 1 – Catastrophe Calling
By Andi Watson
Gum Girl is the new series by Andi Watson, an artist whose Glister books have been really popular in the school library.
Walker Books and Andi were kind enough to donate some copies for the school library, but before they go on the shelves we handed them out to some very keen pupils…. and they certainly seemed to like them!
Review by Holly (Year 5)
I loved Gum Girl, it’s a really good book, in fact it’s not good, it’s absolutely amazing!
When Catastrophe calls, it’s Gum Girl’s time to shine. Grace Gibson is the new girl with one very big secret … there’s a new heroine in town and she can well stick to the bad guys!
Review by James (Year 6)
I liked this book; it’s all about a girl moving to a new town with a new school and new problems!
Grace Gibson looks normal on the outside, but she manages to create some super-gum which comes in useful as she needs to save herself countless times!
There are three stories in Gum Girl Catastrophe Calling but my favourite is the first where she starts at Calamity Primary School and meets a boy called Billy Fisher, who always gets picked on. But the school bully at Calamity happens to be a giant super-robot!
Then there’s the evil genius little Nigel Lott who wants to get rid of Gum Girl because she saved the town from his robot of destruction. In fact, by the end of the book there’s a whole Evil Geniuses After-School Club. That’s just the sort of school Grace has found herself in!
I would definitely recommend this book to adventure lovers!
(School bullies with a difference at Clamity Primary School)
Review by Lucy (Year 6)
Grace has moved from a small calm town, to a catastrophic city packed with calamity! And if that wasn’t bad enough, her dad is the headmaster at her new school!
Things turn from bad to worse when Grace finds an old chemistry set in the new house. Unpacking or fiddling with the chemistry set…. oh … Grace chooses the chemistry set. And the explosive chemical reaction creates GUM GIRL!!
I liked Gum Girl because it has a fun, quirky storyline which people of all ages will enjoy. It was really clear, and each character felt like they could be real. I also liked the graphics and the jokes that Andi Watson puts through the book.
It’s an amazing graphic novel and I’d give it 10 out of 10.
(Oh dear…. the origins of Gum Girl!)
Review by Mae (Year 4)
At her new house, Grace Gibson plays with an old chemistry set she has found, but the glowing green contents explode everywhere, including on her gum. Later on, when she goes to the shopping centre with her “friends”, chaos break loose; a meteor crashes down to Earth, a robot attacks the shop, and Grace is nearly run over by an out of control bright pink bin lorry. The gum she’s chewing, that was covered in the chemicals from the experiment, saves her from first the bin lorry and then the huge meteor. Grace realises what’s happened and after doing more experiments becomes Gum Girl!
I liked it because it has a lot of adventures in it whilst also having a bit of friendship. My favourite part was when Grace’s hair went very, very wrong and she looked so funny.
I think you should read this book, it is full of surprises and laughs.
(Grace Gibson, AKA Gum Girl is definitely having a bad hair day!)
Thanks once again to Walker Books and Andi for the books. They’re going in the library after Easter!