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Liz Pichon

A Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Liz Pichon is the creator of the bestselling Tom Gates series and has also illustrated and written many other books including 2004’s The Very Ugly Bug.

Born on 16 August, 1963 in London, Liz loved drawing from an early age and studied graphic design and worked as an art director for Jive Records before going freelance and writing her own books including My Big Brother Boris. Also writing under the name L. Pichon, she now lives in Brighton with her family.


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Liz Pichon Books

  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUYW
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks - spilt water - lightning... Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his CAMPING SUCKS holiday story, Tom's work starts to go downhill - which is a pity, as he's desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him...
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  • Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPVV
    Paperback 9 years +
    From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers - Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 5 - 12 year-olds and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2013, comes the ninth amazing instalment of this brilliant series! TIPS FOR BEING TOP OF THE CLASS (Sadly...I did NONE of these things.) 1. Stay awake in lessons (it helps.) 2. Don't draw HILARIOUS pictures of your teachers. 3. AVOID the class bully to stay out of trouble. 4. Don't let Mum and Dad write ANYTHING in your school planner. 5. Don't let your grumpy sister Delia BOSS you around. (Technically not a school issue - but still important.) I'm TRYING to get voted onto the school council as well - but thanks to the ABOVE list it's not exactly going to plan.
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  • Tom Gates: What Monster?

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BZIPW
    Paperback 9 years +
    The bestselling, fully illustrated Tom Gates series is back! Winner of the ROALD DAHL FUNNY PRIZE. This book contains: - MONSTERS - MYSTERY - A MUSIC FESTIVAL - MISSING stuff - ME and Marcus (Not necessarily in THAT order). AND a very strict supply teacher - but don't let that put you off!
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  • Tom Gates: Tom Gates:Yes! No. (Maybe...)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUZD
    Paperback 9 years +
    The laugh-out-loud Tom Gates is back in another brilliant instalment of Liz Pichon's bestselling illustrated series. Sometimes making up my mind isn't easy to do. Especially when my grumpy sister Delia is LOOMING over me. Mum's on a mission to TIDY UP the whole house. She says if I can't decide what to get rid of, she'll do it for me. Which would be a DISASTER! Lucky for me, The FOSSILS come to my rescue (more than once!)
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  • Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUZA
    Paperback 9 years +
    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an 'Activity Break'! Which should be fun. As long as I don't get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with . . . . . . Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I'm away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I've always wanted a pet!"
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  • Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUZC
    Paperback 9 years +
    From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2013, comes the seventh amazing instalment of Tom Gates' adventures - now in paperback! Will Tom and his band DOGZOMBIES be LUCKY enough to win the Rock Weekly Band Battle competition? They just might be if they could find time to practice! But with inspectors in the school, an amazing new cartoon on TV, caramel wafers to eat and a stray cat getting in the way, Tom's a bit too busy having FUN!
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  • Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: CAVVN
    Hardback 9 years +
    The seventeenth laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated Tom Gates adventure! Tom's doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he's got THREE sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won't let him go onthe SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom's annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework? ABOUT THE SERIES: Written in diary form Full of Tom's doodles and pictures & his amazing sense ofhumour The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Perfect gifts for boys & girls who love to laugh themselves silly
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  • Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUYZ
    Paperback 9 years +
    "Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock, but that's nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in store for me with his new found fitness regime. He says he's going to compete at my Sport's Day. Shame! Meanwhile Derek, Norman and I keep practicing in DOGZOMBIES so we're really ready for the school Talent Show."
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  • Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (not)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUZB
    Paperback 9 years +
    It's really cold outside and we're all hoping it's going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow Rooster and have a snowball fight (look out, Delia!). Granny Mavis has started to knit me a new winter jumper, but by the looks of things I'm not sure it's going to fit. . .
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  • Tom Gates 13: Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPWA
    Paperback
    The brand new hilarious and fully-illustrated instalment of the bestselling Tom Gates series! Having two sets of grandparents is turning out to be very good for me. The Wrinklies are keen on giving presents AND they're planning a family outing which is going to be EPIC! Even Delia wants to come. (I can always ignore her.)
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  • Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPZW
    Paperback 9 years +
    "Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock, but that's nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in store for me with his new found fitness regime. He says he's going to compete at my Sport's Day. Shame! Meanwhile Derek, Norman and I keep practicing in DOGZOMBIES so we're really ready for the school Talent Show."
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  • Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPTW
    Paperback 9 years +
    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "No school for two whole weeks! (Yeah!) I can forget ALL about lessons (and irritating things like Marcus Meldrew). And concentrate on good stuff like: Inventing new ways to annoy my sister Delia. (So many). Band practice for DOGZOMBIES (with my mate Derek). Watching TV and eating caramel wafers. Eating caramel wafers and watching TV. Excellent. Unfortunately a couple of small problems called the dentist and my big weirdo sister, Delia, seem to be getting in the way of my BRILLIANT plans . . ."
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  • Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule (For now...)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUZG
    Paperback
    Tom Gates is planning on making DogZombies the best band in the world in this zesty, refreshing and hilarious book from Liz Pichon.

    Tom's rock and roll dreams are going to be easy to fulfil - he just needs to write more songs (not about teachers), make a special video and get some sleep. He also believes it's a good idea to annoy Delia.
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  • Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUYX
    Paperback 9 years +
    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "No school for two whole weeks! (Yeah!) I can forget ALL about lessons (and irritating things like Marcus Meldrew). And concentrate on good stuff like: Inventing new ways to annoy my sister Delia. (So many). Band practice for DOGZOMBIES (with my mate Derek). Watching TV and eating caramel wafers. Eating caramel wafers and watching TV. Excellent. Unfortunately a couple of small problems called the dentist and my big weirdo sister, Delia, seem to be getting in the way of my BRILLIANT plans . . ."
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  • Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPTO
    Paperback 9 years +
    In the next hilarious illustrated instalment of Tom Gates, Mr Fullerman has a class assignment: a family tree! Tom's ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). But just what *is* that squeaking sound coming from Tom's shoes?
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  • Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (sort of)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPVY
    Paperback 9 years +
    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Back to school, but it's not all bad. We're entering Rooster in a dog show, the School Disco and my birthday are coming up so this term's going to be amazing! Mostly because Delia's not invited to any of these. There's only one small problem with my birthday, Granny Mavis says she's going to cook . . . uh oh!"
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  • Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule (For now...)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPTV
    Paperback 9 years +
    DogZombies rule in the World of Tom Gates!

    This edition of Liz Pichon's bestselling series (no. 11!) finds Tom deciding that has band WILL be the BEST band in the whole wide world. He decides on a four-step plan to make it happen... But things don't quite work out as he hoped with hilarious consequences in this doodle-filled diary.
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  • Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (sort of)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUYY
    Paperback 9 years +
    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Back to school, but it's not all bad. We're entering Rooster in a dog show, the School Disco and my birthday are coming up so this term's going to be amazing! Mostly because Delia's not invited to any of these. There's only one small problem with my birthday, Granny Mavis says she's going to cook . . . uh oh!"
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  • Tom Gates: Super Good Skills (Almost...)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPVW
    Paperback 9 years +
    Look out! Tom, Delia and the whole Gates family are going on holiday. How will Tom manage to keep himself busy on the most boring campsite ever? By doodling, of course! An exciting new story - with doodle your own elements! - from award-winning and best-selling author Liz Pichon.
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  • Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPSW
    Paperback 9 years +
    From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2013, comes the seventh amazing instalment of Tom Gates' adventures - now in paperback! Will Tom and his band DOGZOMBIES be LUCKY enough to win the Rock Weekly Band Battle competition? They just might be if they could find time to practice! But with inspectors in the school, an amazing new cartoon on TV, caramel wafers to eat and a stray cat getting in the way, Tom's a bit too busy having FUN!
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  • Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BUUZH
    Paperback 9 years +
    In the next hilarious illustrated instalment of Tom Gates, Mr Fullerman has a class assignment: a family tree! Tom's ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). But just what *is* that squeaking sound coming from Tom's shoes?
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  • Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (not)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPTT
    Paperback 9 years +
    It's really cold outside and we're all hoping it's going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow Rooster and have a snowball fight (look out, Delia!). Granny Mavis has started to knit me a new winter jumper, but by the looks of things I'm not sure it's going to fit. . .
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    Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: EET3
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    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an 'Activity Break'! Which should be fun. As long as I don't get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with . . . . . . Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I'm away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I've always wanted a pet!"
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  • Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things)

    Liz Pichon

    Product Code: BTPUF
    Paperback 9 years +
    This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories. "Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an 'Activity Break'! Which should be fun. As long as I don't get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with . . . . . . Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I'm away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I've always wanted a pet!"
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