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Allan Ahlberg

  • 5 stars across 133 books
    Allan Ahlberg Biography
    Allan Ahlberg was born on 5th June 1938 in Croydon. Allan and his wife, Janet Ahlberg, worked together for 20 years creating many children's books, including picture books, before Janet passed away in 1994. Allan wrote the stories while Janet illustrated them. 
     
    Allan has published over 100 children's books and has won awards for his picture books including Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman - both of which were winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Allan latest release, Funny Bones: The Collection, is an audio collection of the perennially popular Funnybones series. 
     
    Allan Ahlberg Facts
    Allan previously worked as a primary school teacher for 10 years. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction.
     
    Ahlberg lives in Bath with his second wife, Vanessa and has a daughter and two step-daughters.
     
    Our favourite Allan Ahlberg Book Characters
    Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton -  from the Funny Bones series 
    The Jolly Postman – from The Jolly Postman
     
    Our favourite Allan Ahlberg Book Quotes
    "In this book, With your little eye, Take a look, And play ‘I spy’" (Each Peach Pear Plum)
    “Once upon a Christmas Eve, Just after it had snowed, The Jolly Postman (him again!) Came down the jolly road; And in the bag upon his back An…interesting load.” (The Jolly Christmas Postman)
    2nd October 2008

    Each Peach Pear Plum

    Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and All... More

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    30th September 1999

    The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

    Once upon a bicycle, so they say The Jolly Postman came one day . . . Join the Jolly Postman on his rounds as he delive... More

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    13th September 2011

    The Jolly Christmas Postman

    It's Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for B... More

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    29th May 1997

    Peepo! (Board Book)

    PEEPO! has become a classic for babies and toddlers. It follows a baby through the day in a style full of wit, charm and... More

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    28th March 2011

    Peepo!

    Peepo! is the much-loved picture book classic by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Peepo! is a modern classic that continues to ... More

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    24th September 2015

    Funnybones

    This is the first book in the FUNNYBONES series and introduces the skeletons - a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a d... More

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    25th January 1979

    Burglar Bill

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, Burglar Bill. Burglar Bill is an entertaining picture book by the ico... More

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    4th July 2013

    Starting School

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic, Starting School. From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read... More

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    6th June 2013

    Mrs Wobble the Waitress

    A brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic. Mrs Wobble LOVES her job as a waitress but, oh dear,... More

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    6th June 2013

    Mr Biff the Boxer

    A brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic. Mr Biff and Mr Bop are boxers and deadly rivals too.... More

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    4th June 2015

    Mr Creep the Crook

    Mr Creep the Crook is a bad man, and all his family are bad too - even Growler, his dog. But when he escapes from jail a... More

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    1st February 2013

    Hooray for Bread

    From the creators of "The Pencil" and "The Runaway Dinner" comes the story of a loaf of bread, told slice by yummy slice... More

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    30th September 1999

    Cops and Robbers

    This is a new Puffin edition of Allan Ahlberg's best-selling Cops and Robbers classic picture book, with a brand new cov... More

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    5th June 2014

    Master Money the Millionaire

    Master Money the Millionaire is a hilarious book by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Andre Amstutz. Master Money is a v... More

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    1st October 2010

    The Bravest Ever Bear

    Reissue of an award-winning modern classic. What is this book about? It's about a bear. The bravest ever bear. No, thre... More

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    4th July 2013

    The Baby's Catalogue

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic picture book, The Baby's Catalogue The bestselling picture book The Baby's Catalogue ... More

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    7th August 2014

    Master Track's Train

    Here is an announcement! The train approaching platform two is full of stolen goods . . . Mr Track is the train driver,... More

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    2nd September 2004

    Funnybones: The Pet Shop

    The Pet Shop is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. ... More

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    31st January 2005

    Funnybones: Dinosaur Dreams

    Dinosaur Dreams is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybone... More

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    1st August 2009

    The Pencil

    The acclaimed duo of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman team up to imagine the comical world that comes to life when a lonel... More

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    28th April 1988

    Mrs Jolly's Joke Shop

    `I say, I say, I say, have you heard the story of Mrs Jolly's Joke Shop? No? Well, here it is!' The Jolly family love j... More

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    1st July 2008

    Pencil

    A pencil draws a boy, a dog, a cat and a whole world for them to play in. Then the pencil draws a brush, and the brush a... More

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    31st January 2005

    Funnybones: Bumps in the Night

    Bumps in the Night is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, ... More

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    4th June 2015

    Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter

    Daisy Dirt's dad is a dustman on the dole, but her mum has remarried a Duke and is a filthy rich Duchess. Poor Daisy doe... More

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    20th December 2010

    Funny Bones

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    5th May 2016

    Alison Hubble

    This is the story of Alison Hubble Who went to bed single . . . And woke up double! A tale of MATHEMATICAL MAYHEM from ... More

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    2nd June 2016

    Mrs Lather's Laundry

    A classic Happy Families story written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Andre Amstutz Mrs Lather is getting quite wo... More

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    2nd June 2016

    Mr Tick the Teacher

    One of the classic Happy Families stories written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Faith Jaques. Mr Tick loves teach... More

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    3rd August 2017

    Master Bun the Bakers' Boy

    Bertie Bun was born to be a baker. His mum is a baker. His dad is a baker. Even his grandparents were bakers. But Bertie... More

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    28th September 2017

    Funnybones: The Collection

    Penguin presents Funny Bones: The Collection by Allan Ahlberg, read by Stephen Mangan. An audio collec... More

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    2nd September 2004

    The Black Cat

    The Black Cat is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones.... More

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    27th September 1984

    The Baby's Catalogue

    This paperback edition of the bestselling picture book The Baby's Catalogue by the iconic British husband and wife pictu... More

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    30th August 1984

    Please Mrs Butler

    Happy 30th birthday, Please Mrs Butler! This witty collection of school poems by Allan Ahlberg, re-jacketed for its 30t... More

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    20th September 2012

    Goldilocks

    A classic fairy tale is wittily retold by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jes... More

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    1st May 2007

    The Runaway Dinner

    Talk about fast food! A hilarious, high-speed tale from the inimitable Allan Ahlberg - catch it if you can! The celebra... More

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    7th October 2010

    Funnybones: A Bone Rattling Collection

    A collection of the perennially popular Funny Bones books by Allan Ahlberg Celebrate thirty years of Funnybones with the... More

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    7th September 2006

    Funnybones: Mystery Tour

    Mystery Tour is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. ... More

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    7th September 2006

    Funnybones: The Ghost Train

    The Ghost Train is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybone... More

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    4th August 2005

    Funnybones: Skeleton Crew

    Skeleton Crew is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones.... More

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    4th August 2005

    Funnybones: Give the Dog a Bone

    Give the Dog a Bone is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funny... More

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    1st May 2014

    Kicking a Ball

    For anyone who can't see a ball without wanting to kick it, head it, shoot it, or boot it! 'Not eating an ice-cream Or r... More

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    7th August 2014

    Mrs Vole the Vet

    Mrs Vole the vet has one son, two daughters, three cats, four dogs and no husband. Really, she has everything she needs ... More

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    5th June 2014

    Miss Jump the Jockey

    Miss Jump the Jockey is a hilarious picture book by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Andre Amstutz. Miss Josie Jump the jo... More

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    6th March 1980

    Master Salt the Sailors' Son

    Sammy Salt's mum and dad say he's too small to sail the seas with them in their ship the Jolly Jack. But when they try... More

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    25th March 1999

    Chicken, Chips and Peas

    Chicken, Chips and Peas is an enchanting picture book by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and... More

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    7th September 2017

    Funnybones: The Black Cat

    In a dark dark street There is a dark dark house . . . In this FUNNYBONES story, the skeletons go sledging - WHEE! - an... More

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    1st July 2003

    Treasure Hunt

    Tilly loves treasure-hunting - and so does her family. Tilly's mum hides Tilly's breakfast banana in the kitchen. Tilly'... More

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    3rd July 2014

    Baby On Board

    A reissue of Kes Gray's first picture book for Hodder and Sarah Nayler's first ever picture book. It is a funny, colou... More

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    4th August 2003

    Miaow! A Lift the Cat-Flap Book

    Each time Clara hears a noise at the back door she thinks it's her cat, but discovers all sorts of visitors instead! A ... More

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    4th September 2003

    The Improbable Cat

    The Burrell family could never have foreseen the consequences of adopting the tiny stray kitten that appeared when David... More

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    6th March 2008

    The Boyhood of Burglar Bill

    Allan Ahlberg's The Boyhood of Burglar Bill is a nostalgic, autobiographical story about football, schooldays and growin... More

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    3rd May 2012

    The Man Who Wore All His Clothes

    The first of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers, illustrated in full colour by Katharine McEwen. Winne... More

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    7th July 2005

    The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce

    You may think you know the riddle of the boy, the wolf, the sheep and the lettuce, but this book will prove you wrong. R... More

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    3rd May 2012

    The Cat Who Got Carried Away

    The third book of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. Welcome to the latest grand and gripping Gaskitt... More

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    3rd May 2012

    The Woman Who Won Things

    The second of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. One lucky morning ... Mrs Gaskitt opens the post and... More

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    1st September 1993

    Dechrau'r Ysgol

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    1st March 2010

    Everybody Was A Baby Once

    One day a boy went walking, and walked into a store. He bought a pound of sausages, and put them on the floor. The boy b... More

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    23rd November 1989

    The Mighty Slide

    `This is the story Of Alison Hubble, Who went to bed single, And woke up double.' Here, in verse, are the hilariousl... More

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    1st August 2008

    Previously

    An inventive, topsy-turvy, back-to-front story of fairytale characters and what they did ... previously. Do you know wh... More

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    1st August 1991

    Heard it in the Playground

    This illustrated collection of amusing poems and songs celebrating primary school life won the Signal Poetry Award in 19... More

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    28th April 1988

    Miss Dose the Doctor's Daughter

    Dora Dose is not just a doctor's daughter, she's a double doctor's daughter - her mum and dad are both doctors. Dora wis... More

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    9th September 2011

    The Ghost Train

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    1st August 2002

    Friendly Matches

    A superb collection of football poems covering many aspects of the game. Written in a variety of verse forms - sonnets, ... More

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    6th March 1980

    Mr. Cosmo the Conjuror

    When Mr Cosmo the conjuror arrives in town with his wife and children, everyone gets very excited. His colourful caravan... More

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    5th September 1996

    Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter

    Daisy Dirt's dad is a dustman on the dole, but her mum has remarried a Duke, so she's a filthy rich Duchess. Poor Daisy ... More

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    26th March 1981

    Miss Brick the Builder's Baby

    Mr and Mrs Brick are builders, just like their mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers. But their new baby... More

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    26th March 1981

    Mr. Tick the Teacher

    Mr Tick loves teaching his six children at their little school. But then they hear news that all small schools must clos... More

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    28th April 1988

    Mr Creep the Crook

    Mr Creep the Crook is a bad man, and all his family are bad too - even Growler his dog. But when he escapes from jail an... More

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    24th September 1987

    Woof!

    He felt a curious tingling in his hands and feet. He felt his nose becoming cold and wet, his ears becoming flappy. The ... More

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    28th August 1997

    Ms.Cliff the Climber

    This is the story of ups and downs, and tangles, in the life of the keen mountain climber, Clara Cliff. She marries, has... More

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    26th March 1981

    Mr. Buzz the Beeman

    Mr Buzz works hard to look after his bees - and his bees work hard to make lots and lots of lovely honey. But one mornin... More

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    27th March 2012

    The Children Who Smelled a Rat

    The fourth of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. In this thrilling, thunderous (and extra-long) Gaski... More

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    1st February 2001

    My Brother's Ghost

    Frances Foggarty, now in her fifties, remembers her childhood.. When she was nine her ten-year-old brother, Tom, was hit... More

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    1st January 2015

    Baby's Big Box of Little Books

    Mums and Dads, breakfasts and bedtimes, pets and toys and prams and swings - and lots and lots of other fascinating thin... More

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    26th March 1981

    Mrs. Lather's Laundry

    Mrs Lather is getting quite worked up in her laundry. She hates washing socks, she hates washing vests, she really doesn... More

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    9th December 2008

    Y Bensel

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    30th September 1999

    The Jolly Pocket Postman

    Once more the Jolly Postman rides - and flies - and shrinks! This brilliant book is the third adventure for the Jolly P... More

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    3rd August 2017

    Miss Brick the Builders' Baby

    Mr and Mrs Brick are builders, just like their mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers. But their new baby... More

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    7th September 2017

    Funnybones: The Pet Shop

    In a dark dark street There is a dark dark house . . . In this FUNNYBONES story, the big skeleton and the little skelet... More

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    29th May 1997

    Peepo! (Board Book)

    PEEPO! has become a classic for babies and toddlers. It follows a baby through the day in a style full of wit, charm and... More

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    1st September 1987

    So Can I

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    24th September 1987

    One Two Flea

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    24th September 1987

    Bear's Birthday

    First published in 1985, in three sections: a bear has a noisy birthday party; a little man has a big hat; and a door is... More

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    7th June 1999

    Monkey Do!

    A rhyming picture book that tells what happens when a clever little monkey obtains the key to his cage, escapes and runs... More

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    1st February 2001

    Bravest Ever Bear

    This book is about the bravest ever bear. Or maybe a penguin. That can't be right. This book is about a princess, a wolf... More

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    1st June 2003

    Woman Who Won Things

    One lucky morning...Mrs Gaskitt opens the post, and finds she's won a prize. Next she kisses the postman! Meanwhile Gus ... More

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    1st February 2004

    Cat Who Got Carried Away

    Welcome to this 'Grand and Gripping Gaskitts' story, in which Gus and Gloria have a lot of running to do, Mrs Gaskitt ha... More

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    1st April 2005

    Shopping Expedition

    A wonderful flight of the imagination in which an ordinary trip to the shops becomes an intrepid adventure. Come shoppin... More

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    1st May 2006

    Children Who Smelled A Rat

    In this energetic Gaskitt story, Mrs Gaskitt finds a parcel, Mr Gaskitt loses a baby, Horace has mixed feelings about a ... More

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    1st July 2009

    Baby In The Hat (An Early Romance)

    A sweeping, old-fashioned romance, in which a boy becomes a man...and the baby he saves, his bride!An epic journey begin... More

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    7th March 2005

    Woman Who Won Things (B&W)

    One lucky morning Mrs Gaskitt opens the post, and finds she's won a prize! Next she kisses the postman! Never mind, thou... More

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    1st April 2002

    Man Who Wore All His Clothes

    One morning Mr Gaskitt puts on all his clothes, Mrs Gaskitt picks up a robber in her taxi, Gus and Gloria have trouble w... More

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    1st February 2005

    Half A Pig

    Allan Ahlberg cuts to the chase in this madcap tale illustrated by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg, in her picture-book de... More

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    1st June 1990

    Happy Worm

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    1st August 2005

    Cat Who Got Carried Away

    An award-winning and fast-paced family comedy. In this, the third grand and gripping Gaskitts story, Gus and Gloria have... More

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    1st June 2006

    Runaway Dinner

    Banjo is a very hungry little boy who every evening has a sausage for his dinner. On his own little plate, with his own ... More

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    1st April 1998

    The Better Brown Stories

    The Browns are not like other storybook characters -- they're bored with their story! So off they go to visit the Writer... More

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    6th September 1999

    Mocking Bird

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    1st March 2018

    The Man Who Wore All His Clothes

    The first of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers, with striking illustrations by Katharine McEwen. Winn... More

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    1st March 2018

    The Woman Who Won Things

    The second of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. One lucky morning ... Mrs Gaskitt opens the post and... More

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    1st April 2018

    The Pencil

    The acclaimed duo behind The Runaway Dinner and Previously imagine the comical world that comes to life when a pencil st... More

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    2nd August 1990

    Starting School

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg's "Starting School" is required reading for children and parents. "Starting School" by Janet and... More

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    29th May 1997

    Peek-a-Boo!

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    31st December 1993

    The Black Cat

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    14th September 1992

    Ghost Train

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    1st August 1993

    Skeleton Crew

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    1st September 1986

    Jolly Postman

    A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the T... More

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    3rd October 1996

    The Better Brown Stories

    The Brown family really don't like the stories being written about them - so they go to the author to complain. The resu... More

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    1st June 2018

    The Children Who Smelled a Rat

    The fourth of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. In this thrilling, thunderous (and extra-long) Gaski... More

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    1st June 2018

    The Cat Who Got Carried Away

    The third book of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. Welcome to the latest grand and gripping Gaskitt... More

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    7th March 1996

    The Giant Baby

    Alice always wanted a baby brother. When a giant baby is left one night on the Hicks' doorstep, Alice is delighted - but... More

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    1st June 1999

    Fast Fox Goes Crazy: Fast Fox, Slow Dog 4

    Fast Fox is counting chickens and at ten he goes crazy and runs to find a bigger sack. Meanwhile the chickens and Mother... More

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    25th March 1999

    The Hen House: Fast Fox, Slow Dog 3

    It is bedtime in the Hen House and Mother Hen, Slow Dog and the chickens are getting ready for bed, but a sinister chara... More

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    25th March 1999

    Slow Dog Falling

    Part of the FAST FOX SLOW DOG series, a picture book in which fast Fox ties up Slow Dog so that he can catch the chicken... More

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    5th March 1998

    Woof!

    Eric is a perfectly ordinary boy - perfectly ordinary, that is, until the night he turns into a dog! This is the story o... More

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    1st March 2000

    Slow Dog's Nose

    The chickens are in danger again, for Fast Fox is having a barbecue. Mother Hen discovers that her chickens are missing,... More

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    1st September 1999

    Grandma Fox

    The chickens are in danger once more as Fast Fox fancies a chicken sandwich. He disgusises himself as a Grandma, a docto... More

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    29th September 1994

    Please Mrs Butler: Verses & Songs

    A collection of verses and songs from "Please Mrs Butler" put to music using Colin Matthews's composition and Gavin Brya... More

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    26th September 2018

    Happy Families: Complete Collection

    Penguin presents Happy Families: The Collection by Allan Ahlberg. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Li... More

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    1st September 1994

    The Giant Baby

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    25th March 1999

    Chicken, Chips and Peas

    The chickens are in danger again, for Fast Fox is having a barbecue. Mother Hen discovers that her chickens are missing,... More

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