Fairytales for Mr Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

Fairytales for Mr Barker

Written by Jessica Ahlberg

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A familiarity with fairy tales is useful to enjoy this charming little book to the full. Lucy is reading to her dog Mr Barker but he’s not paying attention, in fact he’s soon off out through the window into – whose house could it be? There’s a broken chair, three bowls of porridge and a little golden-haired girl tucking in … Most readers will guess of course that this house belongs to the three bears, and when Lucy spots them coming she and her friends slip out through another little door to find themselves in the straw house with the three little pigs. From there they visit the Giant’s house, Sleeping Beauty’s castle and run past the gingerbread house in the forest! Jessica Alhberg has her mother Janet’s gift for creating cosy scenes full of detail as well as her father’s wit. Children will love the doll’s house sensation of peeping through the little doors too. ~ Andrea Reece


Fairytales for Mr Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

Peep through the holes in this delightful fairytale adventure. Once upon a time, there was a troll, says Lucy. But Mr Barker isn't listening. He's off on his own fairytale adventure. Who will he and Lucy meet and will their story end happily ever after?

A beautifully illustrated peep-through story book from Jessica Ahlberg, daughter of Allan and Janet Ahlberg - creators of the classic The Jolly Postman. The charming details from favourite fairytales will delight children again and again and make this a book to treasure.


Peep through the holes in this delightful fairytale adventure. The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide With its sturdy pages, enchanting illustrations and intriguing windows and peep-holes, this magical, colourful journey of surprises is destined to be every little girl's favourite. Lancashire Evening Post An immediate repeat reading was demanded by my young audience who absolutely loved spotting the fairy tale characters in each of the places visited and spent ages looking at all the wonderful details in each spread. Can you bring it again tomorrow, really says it all. A sure fire winner if ever there was one. Red Reading Hub Jessica Ahlberg, daughter of Allan and Janet Ahlberg, creators of the classic The Jolly Postman, is following in the family tradition of producing beautiful books that children will want to treasure forever. A charming, offbeat story for all little fairytale fans. Lancashire Evening Post Fairytales for Mr Barker provides just the right mix of cosines and humour to enchant a toddler. [...] this gentle tale contains plenty of references to familiar fairy tales, which toddlers will enjoy spotting, as well as detailed domestic scenes - small children will love opening the little doors to peep inside. Oldie Jessica Ahlberg wittily transforms the fairy story [into] a very special kind of bedtime story. Guardian It's a tale likely to send even the most timid child fast asleep with a face beaming with fun and reassurance. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Jessica Ahlberg

Jessica Ahlberg is an illustrator and author living in Brighton, Sussex. She is the daughter of the celebrated Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of celebrated classics such as The Jolly Postman, Peepo! and Each Peach Pear Plum.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




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