Goldilocks by Allan Ahlberg


Written by Allan Ahlberg
Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

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‘One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012’

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Goldilocks by Allan Ahlberg

Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, a strange-talking Blim, or even three little pigs on her search for porridge, the stories end a bit differently.

A classic fairy tale is wittily retold in a variety of different ways with a new host of loveable characters by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg. Filled with pop-ups, aliens, flaps, talking furniture and tabs, the tale is retold again and again in a series of hilarious adventures, culminating in a book within the book which is a removable play of the story with its very own pop up. It's perfect for encouraging children to play and interact with the story and its variations themselves.

In his first novelty book since the much loved Jolly Postman books, Allan's gentle, funny text offers a new way of looking at traditional fairy tales. Exquisitely illustrated and beautifully presented, this book would make a perfect gift to truly treasure. Children will love the unexpected twists to the traditional story.


the timeless story is retold with witty and unexpected twists, with lots of novelties to discover and enjoy Bookseller funny, clever, interactive and beautifully illustrated ... an absolute treat Bookseller Exquisitely illustrated and beautifully presented ... a perfect gift. Children will love the unexpected twists to the traditional story. Richard and Judy Indescribable! CBI recommended reads of 2012 this colourful book is the perfect remedy for parents sick of telling the same for fairytales night after night. It's sure to become a bed time classic. We Love this Book 'The whole is a book to take time over, to relish all the little details... and then to return to over and over again as it is bound to become a family favourite.

; this is an entertainment that will delight everyone who comes across it. -- Julia Eccleshare offers much nimble fingered merriment The Times An absolute joy to share The Good Books Guide ...spry, witty, irreverent and joyous, an inventive series of variations on the Goldilocks story to be chuckled over by fortunate children and pawed repeatedly with sticky fingers. The Guardian Their version of the fairytale has a few quirky twists and a typical Ahlberg surprise in the middle The Daily Express 'Luminously illustrated

. Sunday Express Despite it's potential to be 'loved to destruction

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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40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Allan Ahlberg
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th October 2012




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