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Win!!! A Brand New Children’s Book!!! Tom Gates Extra Special Treats (Not)

WIN!!!  A wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Book’s book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of Liz Pichon’s latest children’s book, Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (not!)  This is the latest book in the award winning series.  We have five brand spanking new copies to giveaway!!!

Tom Gates

Liz Pichon is one very impressive children’s book author.  She is the current holder of the Blue Peter Book Award as well a previous winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

The Tom Gates books have been a huge success, translated in to 20 languages and the winner of further accolades such as theRed House Book Award and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

The author, Pichon, has also been a featured World Book Day author.

The Tom Gates series is based around the life and thoughts of a young boy. Effectively written from his perspective as he takes down his thoughts by all manner of scribbled means.  So as well as having a delightful narrative and story, children’s enjoyment of reading them is enhanced by the addition of complementing doodles amongst the text.

A style that has been incredible successful in proving to children how interesting and exciting books can be.  The stories quite literally leap out of the pages of a Tom Gates book.

Do you love a doodle too?  What’s the last thing you doodled or drew?  Leave a comment telling us what is was to enter our giveaway.  Good Luck!

But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (Not).


It’s been a struggle to review this book.  Not because I have nothing to say about it, but simply because my son has hardly let it out of his grasp!

In situations like this I normally rely on him leaving it at home while he goes to school for me to have a peak.  However on this occasion, such is his enjoyment in this book, he’s been taking it to school to read a break times!

He even came home having made a ‘Tom Gates’ themed bookmark and keyring.

I’ve had little, to no chance, of picking it up.

However I have managed a little time at his side for him to read me parts of this book.  Which really is fantastic, a book that clearly works brilliantly on reluctant readers.  I can’t really praise it any more.

Other than to say the doodles are inspiring, and do make you wonder what will be on the next page.  And whilst this book may be aimed at the emerging and established reader age group, I’m sure a younger child would enjoy them being read parts of these books too.

Enjoying Tom Gates


So that’s what we made of Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (Not) and we have five brand new copies of the book to giveaway.

All you have to be in with a chance of winning one is to tell us what you last ‘doodled’ or drew.  Leave a comment to enter our giveaway.  Good Luck.


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95 thoughts on “Win!!! A Brand New Children’s Book!!! Tom Gates Extra Special Treats (Not)

  1. Avatar Carol Wilcox says:

    We’ve just doodled a dog in a wheelbarrow…. don’t ask!

  2. Avatar Sarah Yewman says:

    My 6 yo doodled a book worm on a book mark in preparation for World Book Day

  3. Avatar Jodi says:

    This book looks like fun! I tend to doodle all kinds of random stuff while on the phone. Usually faces. Sometimes human with a simple smiley, but sometimes dogs, cats, or other animals. Last was probably just a smiley–all of mine have noses and most of them have hair!

  4. Avatar Catherine says:

    We doodled a ladybird sitting on a flower.

  5. Avatar Marcia Pedro says:

    My son and I doodled a little brown dog and finger painted him as a gift for my

  6. Avatar Lucy says:

    I last doodled a man with a flowerpot on his head, why, I don’t know!

  7. Avatar Sarah blades says:

    I doodle when on phone or if I’m meant to be writing something, my last doodle was a flower with a bee flying round it : )

  8. Avatar Keri Jones says:

    I drew my son a Spiderman and Mike & Sulley (Monsters Inc.) for his birthday yesterday. He loved them 🙂
    My son likes to doodle spiders much to my disgust, lol x

  9. Avatar Christa Lopez says:

    I drew a picture of a cat.

  10. Avatar Dannielle robinson says:

    I last doodled a picture of mummy daddy and Katy as requested by my two year old daughter!

  11. Avatar Sarah Wilcox says:

    I just doodled the word ‘Hello’ with butterflies and stars around it??? Must mean something?

  12. Avatar Mari Lewis says:

    I have always been a doodler! I doodle in meetings, on the phone, used to in class. I would always doodle people or animals, now I doodle "gardens" or seasonal stuff.

  13. Avatar Leanne Barei says:

    My last doodle was a cat sniffing a flower surrounded by love hearts!!

  14. Avatar nancy torres says:

    My doodle was a heart with stars

  15. Avatar Caroline Shepherd says:

    A little tiny sunshine on the corner of my pad during a boring meeting earlier today. I think I may be pining for warmer climes!

  16. Avatar gillian york says:

    quick and easy flower drawing, while waiting for ‘someone human’ to speak to on the phone

  17. Avatar Vicky Edwards says:

    we doodled a fire engine on his chalkboard easel

  18. Avatar nancy torres says:


  19. Avatar Emma Clement says:

    We’ve just doodled some superheroes 🙂
    Emma xx (@beachpebble)

  20. Avatar Holly says:

    I doodled an ant x

  21. Avatar Kirsty Jenkins says:

    We doodled our favourite foods then our favourite film characters! Cut them all out and pretended the characters were eating the food!

  22. Avatar Paul Anthony Gallagher says:

    I doodled a cat

  23. Avatar LYNN DIBB says:

    My last doodle was a pig made up of circles.

  24. Avatar Spencer Broadley says:

    My son loves drawing/doodling robots

  25. Last drawing we did together was fish on a Aquadoodle mat.

  26. Avatar Penny Mitchell says:

    I usually doodle swirls filled in with patterns zentangle style. Must be a phone waiting thing.


  27. Avatar Angela Webster says:

    I doodle flowers, especially when I’m on the phone.

  28. Avatar malki b says:

    drew an astronaut with my nephew

  29. Avatar mariella berry says:

    my son just doodled r2d2 of star wars,

  30. Avatar Hannah says:

    I last doodled a pattern that looked like bunting.

  31. Avatar Lynn heath says:

    I was doodling today at work and it was lots of swirls and squares in a pattern (if that makes sense!!!)

  32. Avatar Lucy howarth says:

    We’ve just doodled a valentines day card x

  33. Avatar Carol L says:

    I last doodled a flower while talking on the phone to my granddaughter. I’m always doodling something or other. 🙂 I’ve never heard of this series until now but my grandson would love it. Thank you for the opportunity.
    Carol L

  34. Avatar Lisa Lewis says:

    my last doodle was a flower with stars round it 🙂

  35. Avatar Rachel Craig says:

    Last doodled with children, family and friends. The children included pets.

  36. Avatar Mia Dentice Carey says:

    I lasted doodled a couple Ugly Monsters. =)

  37. Avatar Mia Dentice Carey says:

    I lasted doodled a couple Ugly Monsters. =)

  38. Avatar Debra Winfield says:

    A big monster! My girls then coloured it in!

  39. My last doodle was a roast chicken … the kids wanted to draw dinner

  40. Avatar Helen C Shaw says:

    A funny little dog with a lovely big smile and huge feet.

  41. Avatar Mayla M says:

    I have fun doodling with my boys. The last doodle we made was a pepperoni pizza.

  42. Avatar olivia kirby says:

    A tree monster!

  43. Avatar Jarmila Lamplotova says:

    I doodled some flowers and random spirals

  44. Avatar Ursula Bingham says:

    a spider and web in the bottom corner of the page.

  45. Avatar Ursula Bingham says:

    A spider and web in the bottom corner of the page

  46. Avatar Jenifer-Mary Pettitt says:

    I doodled geometric shapes with patterns & textures

  47. Avatar iain maciver says:

    some animals with the kids

  48. Avatar Janice Taylor says:

    Not sure why but I often doodle grave stones when on the phone.

  49. Avatar Evelyn Moffat says:

    A cat with my Great-Niece last week lol

  50. Avatar Angela Tyler says:

    I doodled today on an Agenda sheet in a meeting.

  51. Avatar Erinn S says:

    My 5 year old drew a TMNT for his friend at school

  52. I always doodle flowers…then sometimes a house with a yard full of flowers!

  53. Avatar Megan M says:

    I drew up a design for a babywearing coat. 😛

  54. Avatar Bree Tinch says:

    I always ended up doodling boxes.

  55. Avatar librarypat says:

    Sounds like the perfect book to get kids, especially boys, to read. Always a good thing.
    My last doodle was a Christmas tree which kept growing until it took up most of the page.

  56. Last drawing was a house, trees, lake with fish and the sun with my 4 year old.

  57. My last doodle included mountains, trees, flowers and mushrooms.

  58. I last doodled some mountains, trees, flowers and mushrooms.

  59. Avatar Kat Emerick says:

    my granddaughter and I doodled some butterflies on some flowers.

  60. Avatar leah wall says:

    The kids and I drew whatever we could out of only curved lines today – I drew a lady’s face 🙂

  61. Avatar Heather B says:

    I attempted to to draw a train for my 2 year old

  62. I always doodle the same thing usually when on the phone, I start with a woman’s face then curley hair which gets bigger and bigger the longer I am on the phone!


    A piggy

  64. Avatar Lyn Bosomworth says:

    My last doodle was a little friendly ghost carrying a candle!!!

  65. Avatar Danka Bakic says:

    A lovely flower 🙂

  66. Avatar MICHELLE TEARALL says:

    I just been doodling a heart with swirls on my shopping list!

  67. Avatar JENNY MILLER says:

    A woolly sheep

  68. Avatar Jon Yewman says:

    I doodled an apple

  69. Avatar Allyson Tice says:

    I doodled sunflowers on my work papers while on the phone!!

  70. Avatar cath isherwood says:

    I doodle on my sewing machine
    My last doodles were based on the wimpy kid as a diary cover for my grandson

  71. Avatar Tiffany Schmidt says:

    At our staff meeting, I doodled a Nutcracker.

  72. Avatar Theresa Cooke says:

    I normally doodle 3D boxes, bit boring !

  73. Avatar Rachel Gilbey says:

    I doodled a ladybird

  74. Avatar Peta Cutts says:

    My last doodle was flowers and thorns

  75. Avatar Melissa Johnson says:

    I doodled baby pictures on a chalkboard for my 11 week pregnancy picture! Hoping to win this for the new baby!

  76. Avatar Martina Caulfield says:

    I last doodled with my daughter last Tuesday. We drew mommy, daddy, James (Her Brother) Finn her dog the sun- she had great fun

  77. Avatar nicola james says:

    my 18month old daughter wiggly worms

  78. Avatar Dawn Henson says:

    I am always doodling Matchstick Men and Matchstick dogs when I am sat thinking which is every day!!

  79. Avatar Laura Pritchard says:

    A steam train for my 2 year old who is obsessed by trains!

  80. Avatar CHRISTINE ANDREWS says:

    ahem…..the back end of an elephant

  81. Avatar Caroline says:

    We last doodled a fantasy space world, lol.

  82. Avatar kirsty leckenby says:

    We last doodled an enchanted forest with goblins and spindly creatures.

  83. Avatar helena clark says:

    our cat 🙂

  84. Avatar Lidya Yulianti says:

    Last thing I doodled is decorative flowers on my handmade card for a friend’s baby shower.
    It didn’t turn out good and I had to stick a sticker on top of it *blush*

  85. Avatar Karolyn Holden says:

    I have always drawn faces (mainly women !) since I was a girl ,and even now ,if I am on the phone ,I draw them ,or just eyes and lips !

  86. Avatar laura says:

    A CHICKEN!!!

  87. Avatar gina says:

    happy faces on my kid’s magna doodle toy

  88. Avatar Lauren P says:

    Awesome! I’d love to win 😉

  89. Avatar Glenn Marvell-James says:

    Last picture I drew was of my 2 1/2 yo daughter, Pippa, in her Gruffalo suit in the style of ‘Sarah & Duck’.

  90. Avatar sharon gooding says:

    I just doodled my border collie walking all through my flower/bush gardens trying to sneak up on the birds feeding

  91. Avatar Peter Henry says:

    A racing hedgehog.

  92. Avatar Sarah wilcox says:

    I doodled a vase full of daffodils

  93. Avatar Tara O. says:

    I was trying to teach my 3 year old what the word ‘before’ means so I doodled an egg, a freshly hatched chick and a hen! haha

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