Search Results: "Janet Ahlberg"


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

"Pure delight. (Picture book. 2+)"
What could be more appropriate? 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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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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FAIRY TALES FOR MR. BARKER by Jessica Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"A fairy-tale mashup light as a feather and pretty as a sunny morning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The scion of Janet and Allan Ahlberg continues the family tradition with another novelty fractured fairy tale—actually, make that tales. 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 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 >

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TREASURE HUNT by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A cozy companion for such similar explorations of family ritual as Ezra Jack Keats's Peter's Chair (1967) and Vera Williams's 'More, More, More,' Said the Baby (1990). (Picture book. 3-5)"
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 >