Books by Allan Ahlberg

HOORAY FOR BREAD by Allan Ahlberg
Released: April 9, 2013

"Mirthful artwork and friendly rhymes get readers all toasty with warm, good feelings. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A baker delivers a loaf from the oven to his family's kitchen, where the bread is eaten, slice by slice, through the course of one day. Read full book review >
THE GOLDILOCKS VARIATIONS by Allan Ahlberg
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"The frequently distributed buns aren't all that's delicious in this exhilarating suite of variations on a classic. (Pop-up/fractured fairy tale. 5-9)"
A familiar old tale is taken for a terrific spin with more bears, three pigs, assorted woodland animals, space aliens, additional young cast members (including one in a red hood) and lots and lots of sticky buns. Read full book review >
THE BABY IN THE HAT by Allan Ahlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Wouldn't it be remarkable if someone caught—in his hat, no less—a baby who had fallen out of a second-story window and then he ended up marrying that same baby many years later? Read full book review >

THE PENCIL by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

In this distant cousin to Harold and the Purple Crayon, a pencil draws a smiling boy (previously met in Ahlberg and Ingman's Runaway Dinner, 2006) and names him "Banjo." Read full book review >

PREVIOUSLY by Allan Ahlberg
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Along the same lines as David LaRochelle and Richard Egielski's The End (February 2007), but using more predictable elements, Ahlberg and Ingman present a set of linked tales in rewind mode. Read full book review >

THE RUNAWAY DINNER by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Just as a boy named Banjo is about to eat dinner, his sausage, Melvin, jumps up and runs off, accompanied by the dish, fork, knife, carrots (all girls named Caroline, Clara, etc.), peas (all boys named Peter, Percival and Paul) and so on. Read full book review >

THE CHILDREN WHO SMELLED A RAT by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Madcap, zany adventures follow the Gaskitt family in these 16 chapters of fun. Read full book review >

THE SHOPPING EXPEDITION by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

Leaving dad to paint the kitchen, a child trails her mom, little Harry and Wilf the Wonderdog out to the grocery store in this enticing invitation to take the long way 'round. Read full book review >

THE IMPROBABLE CAT by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

Do not be deceived by the diminutive trim size and aloofly posed but pettable-looking feline on the cover: there's nothing warm or fuzzy about this eerie tale of a family enslaved by an adopted stray. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE CAT BABY by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

A small volume in the hand is full of winsome nonsense. Read full book review >

HALF A PIG by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

A wild custody battle over a pig becomes the raison d'être for Ahlberg père's latest deconstruction of the picture book. Read full book review >

A BIT MORE BERT by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2002

Bert, our hero of the simple pleasures and deadpan circumstances (The Adventures of Bert, 2001), returns. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO WORE ALL HIS CLOTHES by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

The Gaskitt family has an exciting morning in this tilt-a-whirl tale from the ever-innovative Ahlberg (The Adventures of Bert, p. 798, etc.). Mr. Gaskitt rises in the morning, dons three sets of socks and underwear, three shirts, two pairs of pants, four sweaters, and four coats. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF BERT by Allan Ahlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2001

Top-drawer, absurd entertainment from two English masters of the droll. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN WHO WON THINGS by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

Fans of the resourceful Gaskitt family, introduced in The Man Who Wore All His Clothes (2001), will welcome this new, multi-stranded caper. Read full book review >

TREASURE HUNT by Allan Ahlberg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

Ahlberg and Tyler (Snail House, 2001) celebrate the playful games that deepen family ties; each morning brings a succession of treasure hunts, as Tilly's mother hides her breakfast banana in the kitchen, her father hides her sock rabbit in the garage—and where has the cat gone off? Read full book review >

MY BROTHER’S GHOST by Allan Ahlberg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

Even after his death, Tom is there for his little sister and brother in this poignant ghost story. Read full book review >

THE SNAIL HOUSE by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

This homespun tale, heard at Grandma's knee, will transport readers just as it does her young listeners. Read full book review >

THE MYSTERIES OF ZIGOMAR by Allan Ahlberg
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A haphazard collection of poems, musings, noodlings, and heavily revised fairy tales from Ahlberg (The Better Brown Stories, 1996, etc.). The poems, in general, are better than the stories: ``Getting Up for School'' and ``The Vampire and the Hound'' have built-in kid appeal, while others—``Father and Child,'' about a dad observing his son mailing a letter on a snowy night—are good but with an adult perspective. Read full book review >

THE BETTER BROWN STORIES by Allan Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Is there no respect for authority? Read full book review >

THE BEAR NOBODY WANTED by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

Made on an assembly line, the bear fails inspection and lands in the reject bin—a calamity that, ironically, is more difficult for him to endure since it's a result of his supercilious expression: a mouth stitch gone awry and a misplaced eye affect his character as much as they do his visage. Read full book review >

THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN by Janet Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

What could be more appropriate? Read full book review >

THE BLACK CAT; THE PET SHOP by Allan Ahlberg
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

The characters in these stories—two more in the Funnybones series—are mostly skeletons, which would give them high interest even without Ahlberg's inventive wit. Read full book review >