Books

Funnybones: The Collection

Janet Ahlberg (and others)

Penguin presents Funny Bones: The Collection by Allan Ahlberg, read by Stephen Mangan.

An audio collection of the perennially popular Funny Bones books by Allan Ahlberg

Featuring: Funnybones, The Pet Shop, The Black Cat, Bumps in the Night, Give the Dog a Bone, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew and Mystery Tour.

Funnybones: The Black Cat

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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?!

Miss Brick the Builders' Baby

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg

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

Allan Ahlberg

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

Mums and Dads, breakfasts and bedtimes, pets and toys and prams and swings - and lots and lots of other fascinating things! The Baby's Big Box of Little Books includes everything that is familiar to a young child.

From Janet and Allan Ahlberg, the creators of Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman 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.

Janet Ahlberg's iconic illustrations present a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognizable and absorbing to a young child. The liberal sprinkling of wit and charm will appeal to every adult too!

Books in the box: Mornings, Night-times, Toys, Baby, Games, Family, Inside, Outside and Pets.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

It's Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone's favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale . . . and into everybody's hearts.

The Bucket

Allan Ahlberg

The Bucket by Allan Ahlberg - the enthralling childhood story one of Britain's best-loved children's authors

'My mother, who was not my mother, I see her now, her raw red cleaner's hands twisting away at her apron as she struggled to speak. Adoption was a shameful business then in many people's eyes, the babies being mostly illegitimate. Better not speak of it.'

Allan Ahlberg was adopted as a baby. In 1938 he was picked up in London by his new mother and taken back to Oldbury in the Black Country. Now one of the most successful children's book writers in the world, in The Bucket he describes an oddly enchanted childhood lived out in an industrial town during the 1940s, in conditions which today we might describe as 'deprived'. He writes of a father in overalls smelling of wood shavings and oil, of a tough and fiercely protective mother who cries when he discovers that he is adopted, of life assurance policies ('£6 if the child dies under age 3') and fearsome bacon slicers, of half-remembered trips to his mother's sister's grave and to the bluebell woods. And of his first days at school: 'Allan could do much better. He is most inattentive and dreamy at times' (school report, December 1946).

Using a mix of prose and poetry, supported by new drawings by his daughter Jessica and old photographs, The Bucket retrieves a childhood which lovers of Ahlberg's classic picturebooks The Baby's Catalogue, Burglar Bill and Peepo! might feel they have glimpsed before but which are now exquisitely brought to life.

This beautiful, exquisitely designed book, which will also appeal to fans of Gervase Phinn, Alan Bennett, Roald Dahl and Nigel Slater's Toast, will be loved by generations of Ahlberg fans.

'Allan Ahlberg has a string of children's classics to his name' Nicolette Jones, Guardian

Born in Croydon but brought up by his adopted parents in the Black Country town of Oldbury, Allan Ahlberg held jobs as a gravedigger, postman and plumber's mate before becoming a teacher. He taught for ten years before collaborating with his wife Janet on a series of much-loved, now classic children's picture books including Peepo!, Burglar Bill, Cops and Robbers, Each Peach Pear Plum, Woof!, Heard it in the Playground, Please Mrs Butler, The Boyhood of Burglar Bill, The Pencil, Friendly Matches, The Improbable Cat, Goldilocks, My Brother's Ghost, The Mighty Slide, Collected Poems, The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce and The Ha Ha Bonk Book.

Master Track's Train

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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

Allan Ahlberg

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

Allan Ahlberg

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

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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.

The Baby's Catalogue

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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; The Boyhood of Burglar Bill

Starting School

Allan Ahlberg (and others)

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.

Allan Ahlberg

Biography

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 Sussex.