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PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
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Publication date5th June 2008
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Age 8+ A treasure-trove of delights are gathered together in this wonderful anthology of some of Allan Ahlberg’s best-loved poems. Taken from the best selling collections, Please Mrs Butler, Heard it in the Playground, The Mighty Slide, Friendly Matches and The Mysteries of Zigomar, it will delight old and new fans alike on account of Ahlberg’s acute and kindly observations of the ups and downs of playground life.Who is Julia Eccleshare ?
SynopsisCollected Poems by Allan Ahlberg
Allan Ahlberg's five poetry books, written over a period of twenty-five years - "Please Mrs Butler", "Heard it in the Playground", "Friendly Matches", "The Mighty Slide" and "The Mysteries of Zigomar" - have delighted generations of children and received many accolades and prizes. Allan has sifted through them and chosen a collection to delight and entrance a new generation of readers and their parents. Here are all the trials and tribulations of childhood, embracing school, quarrels, friendships, football and storytelling from a much-loved author and poet. Charlotte Voake's black-and-white illustrations enchance the charm of this handsome and definitive collection.
About The Author
As a child
Allan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player.
As an adult
Allan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life
As an artist
Allan has collaborated with many illustrators, including Andre Amstutz, Gillian Tyler and Katharine McEwen, as well as his late wife, Janet Ahlberg (nee Hall) and his daughter Jessica Ahlberg. He has won numerous awards for his books including, the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, The Children's Book Award in 1987, the Blue Peter Book Award 2001, and The Children's Book Award: Books for Young Children award 2002.
You can see Allan reading from Peepo! in this video:
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