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As a child
Allan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player.
As an adult
Allan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life
As an artist
Allan has collaborated with many illustrators, including Andre Amstutz, Gillian Tyler and Katharine McEwen, as well as his late wife, Janet Ahlberg (nee Hall) and his daughter Jessica Ahlberg. He has won numerous awards for his books including, the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, The Children's Book Award in 1987, the Blue Peter Book Award 2001, and The Children's Book Award: Books for Young Children award 2002.
You can see Allan reading from Peepo! in this video:
A lyrical and epic story about a baby and a trio of toys, and their adventure on the high seas. Beautifully told by master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and stunningly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark in their first standalone picture-book collaboration.
Janet Ahlberg's iconic illustrations present a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognisable and absorbing to a young child. The liberal sprinkling of wit and charm will appeal to every adult too! From Janet and Allan Ahlberg, the creators of Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman among numerous others 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 for the box contains a number of board books for little hands covering Mornings, Night-times, Toys, Baby, Games, Family, Inside, Outside and Pets.
Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman. The two of them have come together a number of times now as you’ll see from the images below. You might find it hard to believe that you can make a wonderful story out of slices of bread but rest assured Allan Ahlberg has. Having read it I bet you’ll be off to make a sandwich now. Mine’s a marmite one! Hooray for Bread!
February 2013 Book of the Month Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman. The two of them have come together a number of times now as you’ll see from the images below. You might find it hard to believe that you can make a wonderful story out of slices of bread but rest assured Allan Ahlberg has. Having read it I bet you’ll be off to make a sandwich now. Mine’s a marmite one! Hooray for Bread!
‘One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012’A brilliant book which is full of original stories all of which are variations on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each retelling becomes more and more outlandish and outrageous as Goldilocks breaks and enters into a lot of different kinds of homes and meets a lot of different characters. Every story is wittily illustrated with tabs to pull and flaps to lift and, in the middle of it all, there is a wonderful play version of the story which can be enjoyed on its own. Much, much more than a book; this is an entertainment that will delight everyone who comes across it. Other titles from Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Books for 2012 include... This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Bullet Boys by Ally Kennen Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour
30th Anniversary edition of this classic celebration of babies – their dinners, prams, accidents, gardens, bedtimes and bath times, books, pets and even their Mums and Dads. Everything that is familiar to a baby is beautifully captured in Janet Ahlberg’s soft illustrations which ask to be looked at time after time by babies and parents alike.
A wonderful and humorous family adventure for the ever active Gaskitts. This time it is Horace the cat who has a starring role when he follows a pram and finds himself hot on the heels of a thief! Soon Mr and Mrs Gaskitt and Gus and Gloria are also chasing the pram and the missing pets that are its secret cargo.
Mr Gaskitt does a strange thing one day; he puts on all his clothes right on top of each other. Going out dressed like that makes Mr Gaskitt look very different and it's lucky that he does when he meets a robber and has to be very brave! An exciting and easy to read story that is full of surprises.
Award-winning Allan Ahlberg turns his hand to a first reader in this entertaining story about Mrs Gaskitt and the amazing prizes she wins. But while taxi-driving Mrs Gaskitt is busy winning prizes, something fishy is going on behind the scenes… There’s lots of surprising action in this simply written and brilliantly entertaining story.
A perfect bridge between a picture book and a first novel, this hilarious chapter-book-with-pictures tells more adventures of the wonderful Gaskitt family. After introduction to the Gaskitts – Mr and Mrs Gaskitt, their baby Gary, their twins Gus and Gloria and, of course, their cat Horace - you’re swept off on a pacy adventure told in words and pictures. Mrs Gaskitt finds a parcel, Mr Gaskitt loses a baby, strange things happen at school and Horace becomes a hero. Fun for all.