Allan Ahlberg (Author)

About

Allan Ahlberg
In the early 1960s, Allan studied teacher training in Sunderland, where he also met Janet, his future wife. He had tackled a wide variety of jobs, ranging from postman to plumber's mate before working as a primary teacher for ten years. Janet, however, discovering that she 'couldn't do the policing job', went on to study graphic design, which led her to her vocation as an illustrator. Several years later, bored with her then current job, and desperate for a creative opening, Janet asked Allan to write a children's book for her to illustrate. Allan, having always wanted to write but being unable to find his niche, suddenly felt 'as though [he] was a clockwork toy and she had turned the key'. So began the career which would later lead them to become one of Britain's most successful author/illustrator teams, producing ingenious books of the highest quality. Influenced by comics and cartoons, their perfect partnership went on to produce masterpieces including PEEPO!, which reflected Allan's childhood ('I am the Peepo! baby.'), EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE. These books have all become children's classics, with their 'rhythmic prose, their mix of dottiness and sentiment appealing both to young children and to the parents who read them aloud' (Louette Harding, The Daily Mail). Working together, they saw their books as more than simply the combination of words and pictures - rather, a whole package which worked as a unity: 'the tale is not in the typescript or in the pictures but in a way the two go together, a marriage of words and pictures'. Striving for perfection, their main aim was 'to produce William Morris books at Penguin prices.' Allan's writing took less time than Janet's illustration, so he also collaborated with other illustrators, such as Fritz Wegner, Andre Amstutz, Colin McNaughton, Faith Jaques, Joe Wright and Emma Chichester Clarke, thus creating the bestselling Happy Families series, which have been called 'miniature masterpieces'. The series has sold in excess of 2.6 million copies since its launch in 1980. 1980 also saw the birth of their daughter, Jessica who was a great inspiration to their work. Since Janet's sadly premature death in 1994, Allan has continued to work, recently producing his beautiful tribute to her, JANET'S LAST BOOK, and continues to create wonderful books for children of all ages.

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Book Cover:  Baby's Big Box Of Little Books
A big box of nine little books for little hands. Look inside to find your favourite. There's one for every time of the day!
A big box of nine little books for little hands. Look inside to find your favourite. There's one for every time of the day!
Published: 25/03/2015
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780141356488
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Baby's Catalogue, The
A board book version of the Ahlbergs' bestselling picture book.

Mums and Dads, breakfasts and bedtimes, pets and toys and prams and swings - and lots and lots of other fascinating things!

This charmingly illustrated, funny book presents a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognizable and absorbing to a young child.

'A peep into the lives of five families and their babies ...

A board book version of the Ahlbergs' bestselling picture book.

Mums and Dads, breakfasts and bedtimes, pets and toys and prams and swings - and lots and lots of other fascinating things!

This charmingly...

Published: 22/08/2012
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780141343365
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover:  Baby's Catalogue, The
This charmingly illustrated, funny book presents a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognizable and absorbing to a young child.
This charmingly illustrated, funny book presents a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognizable and absorbing to a young child.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141343358
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover:  Burglar Bill
Everything in Burglar Bill's life is stolen, from the toast, marmalade and coffee he has for breakfast to the bed he sleeps in. One night when he is out burgling, he comes across a box with holes in the lid on a doorstep. 
Everything in Burglar Bill's life is stolen, from the toast, marmalade and coffee he has for breakfast to the bed he sleeps in. One night when he is out burgling, he comes across a box with holes in the lid on a doorstep. 
Published: 08/11/1999
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140503012
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Cops And Robbers
The robbers of London town plan a desperate crime one Christmas Eve - to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave Officer Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains - all except Grandma Swagg who manages to get away.
The robbers of London town plan a desperate crime one Christmas Eve - to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave Officer Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains - all except Grandma Swagg who manages to get away.
Published: 11/02/2000
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140565843
RRP: $14.95

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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