The Children Who Smelled a Rat by Allan Ahlberg

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

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

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As the children of such exceptional parents, it is no surprise that the Gaskitt children are all set for an adventure of their own. A bumper book with extra chapters in which baby Gary Gaskitt and twins Gloria and Gus Gaskitt have exciting adventures of their own, including baby Gary getting swept up and away in a skip. That’s when they are not solving the mystery of the very odd things that their teacher is suddenly doing… The Gaskitt family adventures will delight all newly confident readers.


The Children Who Smelled a Rat by Allan Ahlberg

A black and white illustrated edition of the fourth in the award-winning series about the engergetic Gaskitt family! In this thrilling, thunderous (and extra-long) Gaskitt story, Mrs Gaskitt finds a parcel, Mr Gaskitt loses a baby, Horace has mixed feelings about a bird, and the twins' teacher, Mrs Fritter, is - ooer! - not herself. The children smell a rat!

The Gaskitt stories are:

The Man Who Wore All His Clothes

The Woman Who Won Things

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

The Children Who Smelled a Rat


Praise for this series:

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

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

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


Allan Ahlberg
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

27th March 2012




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