Andy Stanton has written eight books about Mr Gum, along with further successful fiction and picture book titles. He was overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!
and won the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize for Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
. He has twice won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book With Pictures, and been shortlisted for a host of other awards.