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The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

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Pichon, who lives in Brighton, England, has written and/or illustrated a number of picture books, including My Big Brother, Boris, which won a Smarties Book Prize Silver Award. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, her first middle-grade novel, actually began as a picture book, explained the author. “Publishers liked the style but wanted more of a story,” she said. “So I wrote about Tom’s family and as many funny situations I could think of happening to him at home and school. The first draft was in a real composition book, where Tom tells about a disastrous camping holiday he had – complete with doodles, drawings and lots of different fonts to help move the story on.”

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Pichon, who lives in Brighton, England, has written and/or illustrated a number of picture books, including My Big Brother, Boris, which won a Smarties Book Prize Silver Award. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, her first middle-grade novel, actually began as a picture book, explained the author. “Publishers liked the style but wanted more of a story,” she said. “So I wrote about Tom’s family and as many funny situations I could think of happening to him at home and school. The first draft was in a real composition book, where Tom tells about a disastrous camping holiday he had – complete with doodles, drawings and lots of different fonts to help move the story on.”

Though Pichon had never before written or illustrated for an older audience, she found that The Brilliant World of Tom Gates flowed quite smoothly. “Once I got the format working, I began to realize I must have been storing up ideas for a long time,” she said. “Being the youngest of four and having three children myself, there’s a lot of material to draw on.”