Premier’s Reading Challenge 2021

Agastya S Ahuja
2 min readJul 11, 2021


Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire

Hello everyone,

Today I will be writing about a book called Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire (series). The author of this book is Andy Stanton and the illustrator is David Tazzyman.

The Main characters in this book are Mr Gum, Billy William, Biscuit Billionaire, Polly, Friday o’Leary, Jake, Martin Launderette and Jonathan Ripples.

A part that I thought was interesting was that there were a lot of similes in the book. I knew that because earlier this year, we learnt about similes in the class. A simile is when you want to compare something to another using ‘like’ or ‘as’. Just by reading the first 3 pages I found two. For eg. Summer was almost at an end as the day stretched out long and lazy like a huge glossy panther made of time.

Also, on one page there were many sentences like similes but not quite. For eg. He was a horrible hen, except he hatched plans instead of eggs and the plans grew into misery instead of chickens and he didn’t have wings or a beak or feathers and he didn’t make clucking noises and he wasn’t a hen. Here, Andy Stanton compares eggs with ideas, but without using ‘like’ or ‘as’.

While I was writing this blog, I found out that there is another way to compare something to another without using a simile (like or as) — and that is called a metaphor.

More importantly, what the story tells me is that to make friends you shouldn’t show off, otherwise people will find out and might want to rob you.