Search Results: "Allan Ahlberg"


BOOK REVIEW

HOORAY FOR BREAD by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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MY BROTHER’S GHOST by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Frances's matter of fact, plainspoken tale will leave smart readers thinking about ghosts and memories, brothers and sisters, and the timelessness of love. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Even after his death, Tom is there for his little sister and brother in this poignant ghost story. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE GOLDILOCKS VARIATIONS by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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

"Perfect for sharing aloud. (Fiction. 7-12)"
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 >

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

"The fun does not obscure the senior Ahlberg's very serious commitment to words, and one can only hope that readers (and listeners) will take him up on his exhortation to use some good ones in stories of their own. (Picture book. 5-10)"
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 >

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THE RUNAWAY DINNER by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"More sophisticated in structure than the classic tales and verses that inspired it, this madcap riff is for primary-grade readers—and their clever parents. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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 >

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THE WOMAN WHO WON THINGS by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Running jokes and surprises further animate this cheery tale, which will draw 'Young Cam Jansen' graduates like flies. (Fiction. 8-10)"
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 >

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

"Bring us more Bert, please. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Top-drawer, absurd entertainment from two English masters of the droll. Read full book review >

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

"The author and illustrator both keep the boundaries between the real world and that of the imagination distinct but easily bridgeable, and the children's experiences always seem more exhilarating than perilous. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This homespun tale, heard at Grandma's knee, will transport readers just as it does her young listeners. Read full book review >