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Everybody Was a Baby Once

Written by Allan Ahlberg

Illustrated by Bruce Ingman

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Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011, which honours excellence in poetry written for children.

A wonderful collection of the simplest and most joyous poems produced in a gorgeous picture book format. Nineteen delightful poems about everything from meeting a witch to getting sausages to dance jump off the page in Allan Ahlberg’s witty words and Bruce Ingman’s delightful illustrations.

The CLPE Poetry Award 2011 shortlist:


Everybody was a Baby Once


Cuckoo Rock


If You could See Laughter


Off Road to Everywhere


A Million Brilliant Poems: Part One

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Everybody Was a Baby Once Synopsis

Meet witches, snowmen, lizards and favourite nursery-rhyme characters in this joyful poetry collection for infants of every age! One day a boy went walking, and walked into a store. He bought a pound of sausages, and put them on the floor. The boy began to whistle, he whistled up a tune. And all the little sausages danced around the room...

The inspired creators of The Runaway Dinner are proud to serve you up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp for children of every age. Nineteen poems, funny, wistful, delightfully illustrated, introduce a merry cast of babies, witches, sausages, robbers and favourite nursery-rhyme characters that will enchant everybody who is - or was - a baby! It combines original poems from acclaimed author Allan Ahlberg and classic verses from the endlessly talented Anon, every one gloriously illustrated by Bruce Ingman. This book is jacketed.

Everybody Was a Baby Once Press Reviews

'Always thoughtful, often funny, Ahlberg's poems are a celebration of being young and eager.' - The Guardian

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ISBN: 9781406330007
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406321562
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406321562
Publication date: 5th April 2010
Author: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Bruce Ingman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers

About Allan Ahlberg

As a childAllan 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 adultAllan 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 artistAllan ...

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