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Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg was born on 5 June, 1938 in Croydon and Janet was born on 21 October, 1944 in Huddersfield. The couple met at teacher training college in Sunderland and Janet started illustration children’s books in 1972. The pair teamed up in 1976 and the classic Burglar Bill was one of their first books.

Janet won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Each Peach Pear Plum in 1978 and their greatest success was 1986’s The Jolly Postman (6 million copies sold and counting) and their books also include Peepo! and Funnybones. Janet died of breast cancer in 1994. The couple worked together for 20 years and their books still remain among the most popular in libraries.


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Janet and Allan Ahlberg Books

  • The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AFKWR
    Hardback 3 years +
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    The Jolly Postman 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 so on. There are six envelopes in the book, each containing letters, cards, etc.
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  • Funnybones

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: ADPAF
    Paperback 3 years +
    This is the first book in the "Funnybones" series and introduces the skeletons - a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. They live in a dark dark cellar of a dark dark house on a dark dark hill and so the word repetition continues through this lighthearted story for early readers. The skeletons venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals that live in the zoo.
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  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AHUCL
    Paperback 3 years +
    "Each Peach Pear Plum" - the classic picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. "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 many award-winning children's picture books. "The Baby's Catalogue" was inspired by their daughter, Jessica. 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"; "The Baby's Catalogue"; "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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  • Cops and Robbers

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: ALKSL
    Paperback 3 years +
    This is Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, "Cops and Robbers". "Cops and Robbers" 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! The robbers of London town plan a desperate crime one Christmas Eve - to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave Officer Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains - all except Grandma Swagg who manages to get away. 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".
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  • The Ha Ha Bonk Book

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AHAUW
    Paperback 7 years +
    "The Ha Ha Bonk Book" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is jam-packed with brilliant jokes! This "Young Puffin" joke book is full of good jokes to tell your dad, mum, your baby brother, your teacher and anybody else you can think of, such as: What goes ha ha bonk? A man laughing his head off; What goes 99 bonk? A centipede with a wooden leg; What goes putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt? A bad golfer and lots more besides...Allan Ahlberg - a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and gravedigger - is in the super-league of children's writers with sales exceeding 17 million and library borrowings of 13 million. In collaboration with his late wife, Janet, he has published many enduring titles, among them "Each Peach Pear Plum", "Peepo!", "Burglar Bill" and "The Jolly Postman". In addition he has written novels, collections of stories, sets of easy-readers and joke books.
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  • The Jolly Pocket Postman

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: BLYID
    Hardback Babies
    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.
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  • Funnybones

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: BHAYV
    Paperback 3 years +
    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?!
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  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: BOKJH
    Hardback 3 years +
    Each Peach Pear Plum - the classic picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.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 bookWith 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 TimesAllan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. The Baby's Catalogue was inspired by their daughter, Jessica. 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; The Baby's Catalogue; 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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  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: ADCBG
    Paperback 5 years +
    A small boy who has been kidnapped by brigands, passes a dark and stormy night in their cave weaving for them incredible stories of their own exploits. Through the stories, he solves his own problem and manages to escape.
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  • Mrs Wobble the Waitress

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AGTVY
    Paperback 5 years +
    This is 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; and Master Track's Train.
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  • The Baby's Catalogue

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AGYTF
    Paperback 3 years +
    Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic picture book, "The Baby's Catalogue". The bestselling picture book "The Baby's Catalogue" by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of "Peepo!", is filled with easily recognizable objects - perfect for your baby or toddler! Mums and Dads, breakfasts and bedtimes, pets and toys and prams and swings - and lots and lots of other fascinating things! Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. "The Baby's Catalogue" was inspired by their daughter, Jessica. 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"; and "The Boyhood of Burglar Bill".
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