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The classic and beloved Funnybones by children's book superstars Janet and Allan Ahlberg. In the first ever Funnybones book, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series. The Funnybones books are a must for children just starting to learn to read - these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort! Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. The Ahlbergs' books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal.
__________ Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg: Burglar Bill; Cops and Robbers; Each Peach Pear Plum; The One and Only Two Heads; Son of a Gun; The Little Worm Book; Two Wheels Two Heads; The Baby's Catalogue; A Pair of Sinners; Happy Families; Peepo!; The Ha Ha Bonk Book; Help Your Child to Read; Ten in a Bed; Please mrs Butler; Daisy Chains; Yum Yum; Playmates; Foldaways; Woof; The Cinderella Show; The Jolly Postman; The Jolly Christmas Postman; The Jolly Pocket Postman; The Clothes Horse and Other Stories; The Mighty Slide; Starting School; Heard it in the Playground; The Bear Nobody Wanted; It was a Dark and Stormy Night; The Giant Baby; Baby Sleeps; Blue Buggy; Doll and Teddy; See the Rabbit; Please Mrs Butler; The Better Brown Stories; The Boyhood of Burglar Bill

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9780140565812
  • ISBN: 9780140565812
  • Pub Date: 17th July 1999
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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15th October '17
I read it to LA12 aged 4 aged 4
Funnybones 9780140565812
5 stars
Leo really enjoys reading the Funnybones series of books. He loves the repetition and familiar characters; big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton. In this story the skeletons try to find someone to frighten and they sing songs when they have to put the dog back together again. Leo liked to join in with scratching his skull as we read the story.
24th October '17
MAK read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
I loved this book and read it every night for ages. I like the black pages and light writing, the different people in it but my favourite bit is the skeletons as we have been learning about them at school. I took the Funnybones book in to share with my class.
28th September '17
I read it to GCR13 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Georgie has read this book at school and chosen it from the school library.
She loves the repetition in it and loves recognising the different animal skeletons.
She thinks the skeletons are funny and get up to fun and games together!
She likes how the big skeleton keeps saying, "Goid idea!"
18th October '17
MAK read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Our five year old learnt so many new words from the repetitive writing style of this classic book. We originally borrowed it from the library, but we will have to purchase a copy as it has almost become part of his daily routine!
5th October '17
I read it to BellaC aged 4 aged 4 & to EmilyC aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This is a favourite at bed time for my daughter. It has enough repetition that she can join in with 'reading' it. It was a favourite of mine when i was young and love now sharing it with my children.
28th December '16
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
I remembered Funnybones from my own childhood so couldn't resist getting them for Halloween this year for my own children. They have become every-day favourites since.
This is the first in the series and introduces big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton in their dark, dark house. We follow them on their busy night around town as they attempt to frighten people (little skeleton's ambition). They go to the park (and end up having to put dog skeleton back together again) and the Zoo then finally end up being frightened themselves and ran all the way home.
Beautiful, bold illustrations - nearly always against a black background so they are very bright and eye-catching. 
My toddlers love the song in the middle "the toe bone's connected to the foot bone.." and the sound effects and dialogue that you can get very animated with.
The prose is fab; it's written very simply so it works well alongside the pictures; I can point out the pictures easily as I read. I love the repetition - notably at th beginning and end to engage the children for the story and then wind down as it draws to a close.
I read it to my two year old and one year old and neither were fazed about the skeletons - although some children might find them worrying? Personally I think they're funny and benign but you never know with kids!
I like everything about the book: from the characters and story to the drawings. I highly recommend adding it to your child's collection.
25th September '17
I read it to IRE aged 5 aged 5 & to TAME aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Funnybones is a story about a family of skeletons; a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. One night they go out to walk the dog and to frighten somebody! My little boy was a little scared by the opening but when he saw the smiling skeletons, he knew there was nothing to worry about. We then enjoyed following them on their nighttime adventure. They play in the park, visit the zoo and play tricks on each other. But our favourite part was when the dog skeleton has an accident and big and little skeleton struggle to put him back together again even with the help of their song. This is a funny book with fantastic illustrations and is perfect to read anytime of year but especially at Halloween!
8th October '18
I read it to Olivia2016 aged 2 aged 2
Funnybones 9780140565812
5 stars
I loved that this book was illustrated in a considerate way for younger children.
The story itself was short enough to be read, while still engaging the interest of a younger audience - also having simple vocabulary for my daughter to join in saying words she recognised as I read aloud to her.
The repetitive nature of the writing was good for helping teach my daughter to read too.
The characters were simple and not over complicated to distinguish who was who within the story. Also, the illustrations helped create a comic book feel so the pictures told the story as well as the writing itself.
The adventure within the book didn’t go to plan but it was a heartwarming lesson for children to understand how even when something doesn’t work out the way you intended - all is not lost. The characters managed to enjoy themselves in this book, despite things not going to plan.
I felt this was a perfect story to read in the run up to Halloween when so much is aimed at an older audience. It was wonderful to be able to involve my daughter with a ‘spooky’ story!
11th March '17
I read it to AJY aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
I loved this book as a kid & was so excited to buy it for my children. My son loves the bit where the dog gets put back together wrongly. The pics are quite dark & he did find it a bit scary at first. 
31st August '17
I read it to Piglet aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
Three skeletons - a dad, his son and their dog - wake up one night and decide to go through a walk in the middle of the night through their town. They wander through a park and visit a zoo (where all the animals are skeletons too - it's quite fun for children to guess which animal is in each picture). The words are quite repetitive, but children seem to like this style, and there is a gentle humour throughout the story. Along with charming pictures it is easy to see why this has become a childhood classic.
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About Allan Ahlberg

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. 
 
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About Janet Ahlberg

Janet Ahlberg Biography
Janet Hall was born 21st October 1944 in Yorkshire and brought up in Leicester. Janet met her husband, Allan, while enrolled in a teacher training course at Sunderland Technical College and they married in 1969.
They worked together for 20 years until Janet died in 1994. Allan wrote the books while Janet illustrated them.
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