So far there are three books in the Tom Gates series: The Brilliant World, Everything's Amazing (sort of) and Excellent Excuses. A has read all three and is now re-reading them. C read some of the first one this morning. They are very thick, long books, but hve a LOT of illustrations, and so are actually a much easier read than they look.
I have heard them described as the British answer to the Wimpy Kid books. A hasn't read those yet. She picked the first Tom Gates book in Waterstones after her Great-Grandpa sent vouchers. She liked the front cover, and the overall look of the book. I can understand this - the book looks quirky and inviting and the pictures are amusing.
They follow the fortunes of Tom and his family, friends and school mates. A has been giving me a running commentary of the funnier happenings, and they are keeping her very well entertained. C has also been quite engrossed this morning. A good choice for those who are just beginning to tackle longer books, and for a while beyond, I would say.