The Cat Who Got Carried Away by Allan Ahlberg

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

Written by Allan Ahlberg
Illustrated by Katharine McEwen
Part of the The Gaskitts Series

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A wonderful and humorous family adventure for the ever active Gaskitts. This time it is Horace the cat who has a starring role when he follows a pram and finds himself hot on the heels of a thief! Soon Mr and Mrs Gaskitt and Gus and Gloria are also chasing the pram and the missing pets that are its secret cargo.


The Cat Who Got Carried Away by Allan Ahlberg

The third book of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. Welcome to the latest grand and gripping Gaskitt story, in which Gus and Gloria have a lot of running to do, Mrs Gaskitt hardly ever gets out of bed and something dreadful happens to Horace! (Also starring: a brainy rat named Randolph; a barking pram; and a considerable number of penguins.) What more do you want?

You can also collect the other Gaskitt stories: The Man Who Wore All His Clothes, winner of The Children's Book Award (Younger Children's category) 2002, The Woman Who Won Things and The Children Who Smelled a Rat.


"Huge fun and ideal for early readers." The Independent on Sunday

"Ahlberg's direct and funny storytelling style makes reading as near-effortless as possible." The Guardian

"A delight from beginning to end. The pictures are outstanding and mark the advent of a really inspired illustrator." The Financial Times

"These books are carefully crafted, ingenious gems ... every page a joy." The Sunday Times

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg

As a child

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

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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Book Info


80 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2012




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