“You set out to make a book because it amuses and pleases you to make it. It’s a pleasure to do. If you get it right, the pleasure will be shared by other adults right through the chain of publisher, bookseller, reviewer, school, parent to the child reader. What a series of hurdles you have to clear!” SIGNAL January 1990.
Obviously, anyone reading this knows that the hurdles are worth the effort. Allan Ahlberg has been leaping over these hurdles through a long, varied, and prolific career. Not only does he understand the fun of a story well told, he knows and shares the delight of playing with the patterns of well-known stories.
Just some of the picture books by Allan Ahlberg
THE ADVENTURES OF BURT. Illus. by Raymond Briggs. 2001.
THE BRAVEST EVER BEAR. Illus. Paul Howard, 2001.
EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM. Illus. by Janet Ahlberg, 1978.
FUNNYBONES. Illus. by Janet Ahlberg. 1988 (1980).
THE JOLLY POSTMAN. Illus. by Janet Ahlberg, 1986.
THE LITTLE CAT BABY. Illus. Fritz Wegner. 2004.
MONKEY DO! illus. by Andre Amstutz, 1999.
PEEPO! Illus. by Janet Ahlberg, 1981.
THE PENCIL. Illus. by Bruce Ingman, 2008.
PREVIOUSLY! Illus. by Bruce Ingman. 2008.