Tom Gates Series

Book review by Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Homework-dodging 10-year-old brings laughs, heart, doodles.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 10+

Really really poor role models and zero educational value.

These books are about the daily life of the child Tom Gates. They provide a very poor example for kids to grow. They are written to be funny and attractive, by using negative behaviours and pretending they are normal, by promoting a way of thinking that is toxic and by stigmatizing pretty much everyone in the family and school of the main character. Tom is a Tween that always arrives late to school, hates maths, calls his grandparents "The fossils", thinks his sister is extremely annoying and his parents are boring. Tom's classmates annoy him too, especially the ones that are good students. He also makes fun of his teachers and calls them names. To add the cherry on top of the cake, the books also promote consumerism and an unhealthy lifestyle. Big TVs, new clothes, BIG disco parties, high sugar food and drinks are always shown as desirable and even necessary. Not everything is absolutely horrible, there are some interesting and imaginative games displayed in the books here and there. Dancing and being part of a music band are definitely positive. The setup and the atmosphere of the books are so horrible that they make any good detail here and there completely irrelevant. I initially thought of giving these books two starts, but I think one star really is showing the reality of these books much better. Do not bother.

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For kids who love humor and family stories

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