Allan Ahlberg - Author

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:

Featured books by Allan Ahlberg

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

Baby and Toddler

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A lyrical and epic story about a baby and a trio of toys, and their adventure on the high seas. Beautifully told by master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and stunningly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark in their first standalone picture-book collaboration.

Baby's Big Box of Little Books

Baby's Big Box of Little Books

Baby and Toddler

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2015

Janet Ahlberg's iconic illustrations present a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognisable and absorbing to a young child. The liberal sprinkling of wit and charm will appeal to every adult too! From Janet and Allan Ahlberg, the creators of Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman among numerous others and adapted from their classic picture book, The Baby's Catalogue, this little collection is perfect for babies at any and all times of their busy day for the box contains a number of board books for little hands covering Mornings, Night-times, Toys, Baby, Games, Family, Inside, Outside and Pets.  

Mr Biff the Boxer

Mr Biff the Boxer

3+ readers

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

This is a brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic.  

Other books by Allan Ahlberg

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

Baby and Toddler

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A lyrical and epic story about a baby and a trio of toys, and their adventure on the high seas. Beautifully told by master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and stunningly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark in their first standalone picture-book collaboration.

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

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?

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

The fourth of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. 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. Why? How? When? Why? (again). The children smell a rat!

The Pencil

The Pencil

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2018

The acclaimed duo behind The Runaway Dinner and Previously imagine the comical world that comes to life when a pencil starts to draw... A hilarious and utterly enchanting new classic The Times A special 10th anniversary edition of a modern classic, The Pencil is a playful, witty, wonderfully quirky story about the power of imagination. Say hi to Banjo! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next - a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to colour in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin - This hat looks silly! My ears are too big! - until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw ... a rubber. Oh no! In the hands of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, can anything but havoc and hilarity ensue? With gorgeous golden foil on the cover and spine, this edition is one to share and treasure.

The Woman Who Won Things

The Woman Who Won Things

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

The second of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. One lucky morning ... Mrs Gaskitt opens the post and finds she's won a prize! Next she kisses the postman! Never mind, though - the postman is Mr Gaskitt doing his very latest job. Meanwhile, Gus and Gloria get a new teacher, Mrs Plum, with silvery hair, a big smile and a huge suitcase, who's ever so helpful when things start to go missing in the classroom. And then Mrs Gaskitt finds she's won another prize! What happens next?

My Worst Book Ever!

My Worst Book Ever!

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Picture books are such good fun and so is making them - but who knew there were so many things that could go wrong? This is the story of a picture book doomed from the very start. Allan has a good idea for book about a crocodile, but every time he sits down to write he's interrupted. The manuscript gets soaked in tea and nibbled by snails. And then when Bruce gets started on the pictures, he gets over-excited and draws a hippo not a crocodile. The publishers get over-excited too - they want a dinosaur and experiment with all kinds of different fonts. Allan and Bruce think they've straightened things out, but then when the book goes off to the printer - you guessed it - there's MORE trouble. Pages in French and Chinese get muddled with the English, and somehow Bruce's hippos and dinosaurs get mixed up with them too.

Funnybones

Funnybones

Author: Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

This is how the story begins. On a dark dark hill there was a dark dark town. In the dark dark town there was a dark dark street . . . This new edition of the classic story includes an accompanying CD, featuring the story read by acclaimed comic actor Stephen Mangan. Janet and Allan's frightfully funny Hallowe'en classic tells the story of three skeletons - a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton - who venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, only to find that everyone is in bed. Who will they scare now?!

Funnybones: The Black Cat

Funnybones: The Black Cat

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

In a dark dark street There is a dark dark house . . . In this FUNNYBONES story, the skeletons go sledging - WHEE! - and crashing - BANG! They can't see their bones in the white snow but they can see a black cat . . . until she slips into their dark, dark cellar . . .

Funnybones: The Pet Shop

Funnybones: The Pet Shop

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

In a dark dark street There is a dark dark house . . . In this FUNNYBONES story, the big skeleton and the little skeleton are fed up with the dog skeleton and decide to swap him at the pet shop. They start off with a goldfish but soon get tired of him and swap him for a parrot - but soon they get bored of him too . . . Eventually the pet shop owner gives them a box to take home with a surprise pet inside. What do you think it will be?

Miss Brick the Builders' Baby

Miss Brick the Builders' Baby

Author: Allan Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Mr and Mrs Brick are builders, just like their mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers. But their new baby doesn't seem to be following in their footsteps. Instead of building things up, she keeps knocking things down! Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Master Bun the Bakers' Boy

Master Bun the Bakers' Boy

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Bertie Bun was born to be a baker. His mum is a baker. His dad is a baker. Even his grandparents were bakers. But Bertie has a big problem - he's bored of bread! He wants to be a butcher's boy, or a bus-driver's boy or even a balloonist's boy - and his wishes are going to land him in lots of trouble ... Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Mr Tick the Teacher

Mr Tick the Teacher

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

One of the classic Happy Families stories written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Faith Jaques. Mr Tick loves teaching his six children at their little school. But then they hear news that all small schools must close, so Mr Tick starts teaching some rather unusual lessons - in how to trick stern school inspectors. Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Mrs Lather's Laundry

Mrs Lather's Laundry

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

A classic Happy Families story written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Andre Amstutz Mrs Lather is getting quite worked up in her laundry. She hates washing socks, she hates washing vests, she really doesn't much like washing trousers or dresses either. But her job gets rather more difficult when her customers start bringing in more unusual washing loads ... The 'Happy Families' series is designed for use at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Alison Hubble

Alison Hubble

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

This is the story of Alison Hubble Who went to bed single . . . And woke up double! A tale of MATHEMATICAL MAYHEM from magnificent illustrator Bruce Ingman and master storyteller Allan Ahlberg! Alison Hubble is shocked when she wakes up to find a twin in the bed next to her. And she keeps doubling . . . and doubling . . . and doubling! A fantastically funny and completely clever new picture book from the critically-acclaimed pair behind The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner.

Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter

Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Daisy Dirt's dad is a dustman on the dole, but her mum has remarried a Duke and is a filthy rich Duchess. Poor Daisy doesn't know whether she's coming or going, whether she's rich or poor - until everything changes . . . Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Mr Creep the Crook

Mr Creep the Crook

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Mr Creep the Crook is a bad man, and all his family are bad too - even Growler, his dog. But when he escapes from jail and heads to the seaside, he finds out that being bad is not such a good idea after all. . . The 'Happy Families' series is designed for use at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Baby's Big Box of Little Books

Baby's Big Box of Little Books

Baby and Toddler

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2015

Janet Ahlberg's iconic illustrations present a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognisable and absorbing to a young child. The liberal sprinkling of wit and charm will appeal to every adult too! From Janet and Allan Ahlberg, the creators of Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman among numerous others and adapted from their classic picture book, The Baby's Catalogue, this little collection is perfect for babies at any and all times of their busy day for the box contains a number of board books for little hands covering Mornings, Night-times, Toys, Baby, Games, Family, Inside, Outside and Pets.  

Master Track's Train

Master Track's Train

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Here is an announcement! The train approaching platform two is full of stolen goods . . . Mr Track is the train driver, and Mrs Track is the driver's wife. Toby Track is their little boy and he is exceptionally good at jumping onto stolen trains and rescuing them from crooks! A hilarious Happy Families picture book from master storyteller, Allan Ahlberg.

Mrs Vole the Vet

Mrs Vole the Vet

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Mrs Vole the vet has one son, two daughters, three cats, four dogs and no husband. Really, she has everything she needs and she works very hard - no job is too big, too small or too high - but her children think that what she really needs is a boyfriend! A hilarious Happy Families picture book from master storyteller, Allan Ahlberg.

Miss Jump the Jockey

Miss Jump the Jockey

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Miss Jump the Jockey is a hilarious picture book by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Andre Amstutz. Miss Josie Jump the jockey can't wait to gallop in a race like her mum, her brother and even her grandma, but everyone says she's too young. But then grandma's horse gets a sore throat and Jimmy Jump gets a splinter in his bottom so she might get her chance at last... Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath. Look out for other hilarious Happy Familiies books! Mrs Wobble the Waitress; Mr Biff the Boxer; Master Money the Millionaire

Master Money the Millionaire

Master Money the Millionaire

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Master Money the Millionaire is a hilarious book by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Andre Amstutz. Master Money is a very rich little boy indeed. When he's only four years old, he finds buried treasure in his garden. When he's five, he finds buried treasure in the sandpit at school. And, at six, he finds buried treasure on the beach. But then Mister Creep the Crook finds him ... Look out for these Happy Families books, too! Mrs Wobble the Waitress, Mr Biff the Boxer, Miss Jump the Jockey

Kicking a Ball

Kicking a Ball

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

For anyone who can't see a ball without wanting to kick it, head it, shoot it, or boot it! 'Not eating an ice-cream Or riding a bike No - kicking a ball Is what I like.' 'What I like best, yes, most of all in my whole life is . . . kicking a ball. A wonderful rhyming story to read aloud, Kicking A Ball will not disappoint fans of Allan Ahlberg. First written as a poem, the little boy in the story has been brought to life perfectly by artist Sebastien Braun. Every parent will be able to immediately relate to the simple joy felt by a boy simply kicking a ball, and how there is nothing else quite like it. The incomparable Allan Ahlberg takes us on a journey from childhood to fatherhood full of humour, warmth, friendship . . . and football.

Starting School

Starting School

Author: Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic, Starting School. From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read is full of humour and fun for children and parents alike. A classic picture book which offers advice and enjoyment for the whole family before school starts. Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.

Mr Biff the Boxer

Mr Biff the Boxer

3+ readers

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

This is a brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic.  

Mrs Wobble the Waitress

Mrs Wobble the Waitress

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

A brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic. Mrs Wobble LOVES her job as a waitress but, oh dear, there's one big problem - she wobbles!! And when she wibbles and wobbles and drops jelly everywhere, it's time for a new job! Luckily, Mr Wobble, and all the Wobble children have a cunning plan . . . Janet and Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families series is full of wonderful and funny books, perfect for children learning to read. This new, bigger, edition means that even younger children can enjoy the stories. Look out for Mr Biff the Boxer, too! Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath. Other Happy Families books: Master Money the Millionaire; Master Bun the Bakers' Boy; Mrs Lather's Laundry; Mr Creep the Crook; Miss Jump the Jockey; Master Track's Train; Master Salt the Sailor's Son; Mr and Mrs Hay the Horse; Miss Brick the Builders' Baby; Mrs Jolly's Joke Shop; Mr Buzz the Beeman; Miss Dose the Doctors' Daughter; Mr Tick the Teacher; Mrs Wobble the Waitress; Mr Cosmo the Conjuror; Mrs Plug the Plumber; Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter; Mrs Vole the Vet; Ms Cliff the Climber; Master Track's Train

Funnybones: A Bone Rattling Collection

Funnybones: A Bone Rattling Collection

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2010

A collection of the perennially popular Funny Bones books by Allan Ahlberg Celebrate thirty years of Funnybones with the spooky A Brilliant Bone-rattling Collection which contains three stories from Allan Ahlberg's, iconic children's picture book series about skeletons: The Ghost Train, Bumps in the Night and Skeleton Crew. This collection is perfect for early readers! In this big big book with its bright bright colours there is a dark dark house and in that dark dark house in a dark dark cellar live some . . . skeletons! Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. The Ahlbergs' books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg: Burglar Bill; Cops and Robbers; Each Peach Pear Plum; The One and Only Two Heads; Son of a Gun; The Little Worm Book; Two Wheels Two Heads; Funny Bones; A Pair of Sinners; Happy Families; Peepo!; The Ha Ha Bonk Book; Help Your Child to Read; Ten in a Bed; Please mrs Butler; Daisy Chains; Yum Yum; Playmates; Foldaways; Woof; The Cinderella Show; The Jolly Postman; The Jolly Christmas Postman; The Jolly Pocket Postman; The Clothes Horse and Other Stories; The Mighty Slide; Starting School; Heard it in the Playground; The Bear Nobody Wanted; It was a Dark and Stormy Night; The Giant Baby; Baby Sleeps; Blue Buggy; Doll and Teddy; See the Rabbit; Please Mrs Butler; The Better Brown Stories; The Boyhood of Burglar Bill

The Bravest Ever Bear

The Bravest Ever Bear

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Reissue of an award-winning modern classic. What is this book about? It's about a bear. The bravest ever bear. No, three bears. No, four and twenty black bears. Or maybe a penguin. No, no, it's about a sausage. A sausage? That can't be right. I'll start again. This book is about the perfectest ever princess, a wolf, a troll, a dragon and a sausage (again). Oh, I give up. The problem is everyone thinks this is a story about them and is determined to tell it their way. So, if you really want to know who there was and what they did, you'll just have to read these funny and ridiculous stories for yourself!

Each Peach Pear Plum

Each Peach Pear Plum

Author: Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo!. Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. In this book With your little eye, Take a look, And play 'I spy' Praise for Each Peach Pear Plum: 'Deceptively simple. Each Peach Pear Plum is a work of genius' Elaine Moss 'This familiar rhyme has been given the brilliant Ahlbreg treatment to which no young child can fail to respond. It's a book which will be read over and over again . . . just perfect!' Child Education 'A charming, pictorial fantasia...a warm, sunny, delectable picture book' Brian Alderson, The Times Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman.

Previously

Previously

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

An inventive, topsy-turvy, back-to-front story of fairytale characters and what they did ... previously. Do you know what Jack was doing before he climbed the beanstalk? Or what Jack and Jill were arguing about before they went up the hill? And what happened before that? And even before that? Find out what all your favourite storybook characters were up to previously - because every story, every person and everything started somewhere!

An Nighean Bheag Ann an Ad (gaol Na H-oige)

An Nighean Bheag Ann an Ad (gaol Na H-oige)

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2008

The Runaway Dinner

The Runaway Dinner

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

Talk about fast food! A hilarious, high-speed tale from the inimitable Allan Ahlberg - catch it if you can! The celebrated Allan Ahlberg is in his element in this fast-paced, funny story about what happens when dinner decides that it doesn't fancy being eaten. Just as hungry little boy Banjo is about to tuck into his sausage, it jumps right up off the plate and runs away! But the sausage - whose name is Melvin - isn't alone... He's followed by the fork, the knife, the table, the French fries and even the peas. And so the chase is on! Will Banjo ever catch up with his runaway dinner? And what (gulp) happens to Melvin if he does? Gloriously illustrated by the award-winning Bruce Ingman, this is a whacky, whimsical romp perfect for reading aloud.

Funnybones: The Ghost Train

Funnybones: The Ghost Train

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

The Ghost Train is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! Whoo-ooo-ooo! It's midnight at the station and the three skeletons climb aboard the ghost train for a spooky ride. But they discover something even more scary! 'By far our best writer for the young' - Daily Telegraph Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, Mystery Tour, The Black Cat, The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

Funnybones: Mystery Tour

Funnybones: Mystery Tour

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Mystery Tour is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! One dark dark night the three skeletons go driving and solve six mysteries. Lots of things look and sound mysterious in the dark but the last mystery is the most important of all - if they don't solve it, they can't go home! 'By far our best writer for the young' - Daily Telegraph Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, The Ghost Train, The Black Cat, The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

Funnybones: Skeleton Crew

Funnybones: Skeleton Crew

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

Skeleton Crew is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! Zzz! The three skeletons enjoy a holiday on-board their little boat. But one night - Yo-ho-ho - the pirates come and put them out to sea on a tiny raft, launching them on an oceanful of new adventures. 'By far our best writer for the young' - Daily Telegraph Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, The Ghost Train, The Black Cat, The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, Mystery Tour, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

Funnybones: Give the Dog a Bone

Funnybones: Give the Dog a Bone

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

Give the Dog a Bone is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! The dog skeleton is falling apart - bits of him are dropping off - bone by bone! Who will pick up the pieces and put him back together again? 'By far our best writer for the young'- Daily Telegraph Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, The Ghost Train, The Black Cat, The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew, Mystery Tour and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce

The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2005

You may think you know the riddle of the boy, the wolf, the sheep and the lettuce, but this book will prove you wrong. Read Allan Ahlberg's SHOCKING EXPOSE of the truth behind a story we think we all know, including: Wolf horror! Canoe shock! Fibbing! Exclusive Lettuce revelations! Moments of brilliant and unforgettable beauty! You'll never think of boys, wolves, sheep, lettuces OR riddles in the same way again.

Funnybones: Dinosaur Dreams

Funnybones: Dinosaur Dreams

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2005

Dinosaur Dreams is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! The big skeleton and the little skeleton are being chased by dinosaurs . . . in their dreams! Luckily dogs can dream too - and save the day. 'There can be few families in the British Isles who do not possess at least one well-thumbed Ahlberg' - Independent on Sunday Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, Mystery Tour, The Ghost Train, The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night, The Black Cat, Skeleton Crew, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

Funnybones: Bumps in the Night

Funnybones: Bumps in the Night

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2005

Bumps in the Night is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! No matter where they are, the two skeletons keep going bump in the night - clonk! There's only one thing to do: Send for Doctor Bones! 'There can be few families in the British Isles who do not possess at least one well-thumbed Ahlberg' - Independent on Sunday Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, Mystery Tour, The Ghost Train, The Pet Shop, The Black Cat, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

The Improbable Cat

The Improbable Cat

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

The Burrell family could never have foreseen the consequences of adopting the tiny stray kitten that appeared when David was twelve. But the sweet cat is not as harmless as it seems, and soon has them completely under its sinister spell. The only one unaffected, David concocts a plan to rescue his family - but will it work?

Miaow! A Lift the Cat-Flap Book

Miaow! A Lift the Cat-Flap Book

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2003

Each time Clara hears a noise at the back door she thinks it's her cat, but discovers all sorts of visitors instead! A selected title for the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Statutory Assessment: Reading Task 2007 list.

My Brother's Ghost

My Brother's Ghost

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2001

Frances Foggarty, now in her fifties, remembers her childhood.. When she was nine her ten-year-old brother, Tom, was hit by a milk-float and killed. He returns after the funeral and Frances's story is of her new relationship with Tom, the ghost and 'guardian angel'. Frances wears a caliper as a result of polio and she and her young brother live with a rather tyrannical aunt. In this touching tale of loss, hardship and endurance Frances comes to terms with Tom's death and moves on in her life.

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

Author: Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/1999

Once upon a bicycle, so they say The Jolly Postman came one day . . . Join the Jolly Postman on his rounds as he delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor's letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and more! This classic and innovate story includes six envelopes with pull-out letters and cards

The Jolly Pocket Postman

The Jolly Pocket Postman

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/1999

Once more the Jolly Postman rides - and flies - and shrinks! This brilliant book is the third adventure for the Jolly Postman, originally published in 1995 and now back in print! The Jolly Postman's morning is set off course when he suffers a bump to the head before he shrinks to the size of a postage stamp . . . and it just gets curiouser and curiouser! Featuring a whole host of familiar characters, pull-out letters and a magnifying glass, The Jolly Pocket Postman is the third in this bestselling and award-winning series by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Chicken, Chips and Peas

Chicken, Chips and Peas

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/1999

Chicken, Chips and Peas is an enchanting picture book by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo! Perfect as a bedtime story and for children learning to read! Fast Fox is determined to have chicken for his supper. Mother Hen and her three chickens are looking for corn for their's. Fast Fox follows the chickens and they follow his corn trail right into his supper sack! As Fast Fox hurries home, things look bad for the chickens but Slow Dog saves the day by falling from his hammock and squashing fast Fox flat! The chicks eat Fast Fox's corn, Slow Dog gets a biscuit from Mother Hen and Fast Fox has a miserable meal of chips and peas. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Funnybones, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman.

The Mighty Slide

The Mighty Slide

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/1989

`This is the story Of Alison Hubble, Who went to bed single, And woke up double.' Here, in verse, are the hilariously original stories of a mighty slide, a man who fought crocodiles, a girl who doubled, a couple of baby skinners and a thing that lived under a school. A wonderful collection from Allan Ahlberg, author of `Please Mrs Butler, Woof!' and `Happy Families', illustrated throughout with delightful drawings by Charlotte Voake.

Master Salt the Sailors' Son

Master Salt the Sailors' Son

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/1980

Sammy Salt's mum and dad say he's too small to sail the seas with them in their ship the Jolly Jack. But when they try to say goodbye before setting off on an exciting voyage to Coconut Island, Sammy is nowhere to be found. And then some very odd things start happening on board ... Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg. 'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

Burglar Bill

Burglar Bill

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/1979

Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, Burglar Bill. Burglar Bill is an entertaining picture book by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo! Perfect as a bedtime story and for children learning to read! Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that coming through the window? Who's that? ... It's Burglar Bill. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Cops and Robbers, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg: Kicking a Ball; The Baby's Catalogue; Cops and Robbers; Each Peach Pear Plum; The One and Only Two Heads; Son of a Gun; The Little Worm Book; Two Wheels Two Heads; Funny Bones; A Pair of Sinners; Happy Families; Peepo!; The Ha Ha Bonk Book; Help Your Child to Read; Ten in a Bed; Please Mrs Butler; Daisy Chains; Yum Yum; Playmates; Foldaways; Woof; The Cinderella Show; The Jolly Postman; The Jolly Christmas Postman; The Jolly Pocket Postman; The Clothes Horse and Other Stories; The Mighty Slide; Starting School; Heard it in the Playground; The Bear Nobody Wanted; It was a Dark and Stormy Night; The Giant Baby; Baby Sleeps; Blue Buggy; Doll and Teddy; See the Rabbit; Please Mrs Butler; The Better Brown Stories; The Boyhood of Burglar Bill

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