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Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

Biography

Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super- league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.

Interview

Place & Date of Birth:
Croydon, 1938

When did you start writing?
I have been writing, for a living, since about 1975 when I was 37 years old. One day Janet (who had already begun to be an illustrator) asked me to write a story for her to illustrate. I’d always wanted to be a writer – since I was about your age – but somehow I’d never been able to get stories finished. But once I started to write it was as though someone had turned a key in my back – it turned out to be the kind of writing I could do.

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
I get my ideas from all the usual places – things I see and hear – things friends tell me – things I read. Sometimes ideas just pop into my head, come down my arm into the pen and onto the paper. In a way, I don’t really want to know where my ideas come from – it would be a bit like taking a watch to pieces in order to find o...

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The Boyhood of Burglar Bill jacket image
  • The Boyhood of Burglar Bill
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 06 2008
  • 8 - 12 years
Funnybones: Mystery Tour jacket image
  • Funnybones: Mystery Tour
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 07 2006
  • 3 - 5 years
Funnybones: The Ghost Train jacket image
  • Funnybones: The Ghost Train
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 07 2006
  • 3 - 5 years
Funnybones: Give the Dog a Bone jacket image
  • Funnybones: Give the Dog a Bone
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 04 2005
  • 3 - 5 years
Funnybones: Skeleton Crew jacket image
  • Funnybones: Skeleton Crew
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 04 2005
  • 3 - 5 years
The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce jacket image
  • The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 07 2005
  • 8 - 12 years
Funnybones: The Pet Shop jacket image
  • Funnybones: The Pet Shop
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 02 2004
  • 3 - 5 years
Funnybones: The Black Cat jacket image
  • Funnybones: The Black Cat
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 02 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
The Improbable Cat jacket image
  • The Improbable Cat
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 04 2003
  • 8 - 12 years
Friendly Matches jacket image
  • Friendly Matches
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 01 2002
  • 5 - 8 years
My Brother's Ghost jacket image
  • My Brother's Ghost
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Feb 01 2001
  • 8 - 12 years
The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters jacket image
  • The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters
  • Puffin
  • Hardback: Oct 31 2002
  • 3 - 5 years
Funnybones jacket image
  • Funnybones
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 04 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
Burglar Bill jacket image
  • Burglar Bill
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 30 1999
  • 3 - 5 years
Cops and Robbers jacket image
  • Cops and Robbers
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jun 03 2010
  • 3 - 5 years
Jeremiah in the Dark Woods jacket image
  • Jeremiah in the Dark Woods
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 29 1999
  • 8 - 12 years
Chicken, Chips and Peas jacket image
  • Chicken, Chips and Peas
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 25 1999
  • 5 - 8 years
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night jacket image
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 27 2001
  • 5 - 8 years
Ms Cliff the Climber jacket image
  • Ms Cliff the Climber
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 28 1997
  • 5 - 8 years
Master Track's Train jacket image
  • Master Track's Train
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 24 1997
  • 5 - 8 years
Mrs Vole the Vet jacket image
  • Mrs Vole the Vet
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 05 1996
  • 5 - 8 years
Heard it in the Playground jacket image
  • Heard it in the Playground
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 01 1991
  • 5 - 8 years
Mrs Jolly's Joke Shop jacket image
  • Mrs Jolly's Joke Shop
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 27 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Miss Dose the Doctors' Daughter jacket image
  • Miss Dose the Doctors' Daughter
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 27 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Mr Creep the Crook Picture Book jacket image
  • Mr Creep the Crook Picture Book
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
Master Bun the Bakers' Boy jacket image
  • Master Bun the Bakers' Boy
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
Woof! jacket image
  • Woof!
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 24 1987
  • 5 - 8 years
The Baby's Catalogue jacket image
  • The Baby's Catalogue
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 27 1984
  • 0 - 3 years
Each Peach Pear Plum jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
  • Puffin
  • Hardback: Jul 26 1984
  • 3 - 8 years
The Ha Ha Bonk Book jacket image
  • The Ha Ha Bonk Book
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 25 1982
  • 7 - 9 years
Mrs Lather's Laundry jacket image
  • Mrs Lather's Laundry
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 26 1981
  • 5 - 8 years
Miss Brick the Builders' Baby jacket image
  • Miss Brick the Builders' Baby
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
Mr Buzz the Beeman jacket image
  • Mr Buzz the Beeman
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 28 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Mr and Mrs Hay the Horse jacket image
  • Mr and Mrs Hay the Horse
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 26 1981
  • 5 - 8 years
Master Money the Millionaire jacket image
  • Master Money the Millionaire
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
Mr Tick the Teacher jacket image
  • Mr Tick the Teacher
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  • Paperback: Aug 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
Mr Cosmo the Conjuror jacket image
  • Mr Cosmo the Conjuror
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  • Paperback: Mar 06 1980
  • 5 - 8 years
Mr Biff the Boxer jacket image
  • Mr Biff the Boxer
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  • Paperback: Jan 27 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Mrs Wobble the Waitress jacket image
  • Mrs Wobble the Waitress
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  • Paperback: Mar 06 1980
  • 5 - 8 years
Master Salt the Sailors' Son jacket image
  • Master Salt the Sailors' Son
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  • Paperback: Mar 06 1980
  • 5 - 8 years
Miss Jump the Jockey jacket image
  • Miss Jump the Jockey
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 28 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Mrs Plug the Plumber jacket image
  • Mrs Plug the Plumber
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Mar 06 1980
  • 5 - 8 years
Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter jacket image
  • Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 26 2004
  • 5 - 8 years
Each Peach Pear Plum jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 02 2008
  • 3 - 5 years
Collected Poems jacket image
  • Collected Poems
  • Puffin
  • Hardback: Jun 05 2008
  • 0+ years
Each Peach Pear Plum jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
  • Puffin
  • Board book: May 27 1999
  • 0 - 3 years
Peepo! jacket image
  • Peepo!
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  • Paperback: Mar 31 1983
  • 0 - 3 years
The Jolly Christmas Postman jacket image
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman
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  • Hardback: Oct 03 2013
  • 5 - 8 years
Peepo Book and Toy Gift Set jacket image
  • Peepo Book and Toy Gift Set
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  • Book and toy: Jul 07 2011
  • 0 - 3 years
Peepo! jacket image
  • Peepo!
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Sep 01 2011
Peepo! (Board Book) jacket image
  • Peepo! (Board Book)
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  • Board book: Apr 07 2011
  • 0 - 3 years
Peepo! jacket image
  • Peepo!
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  • Paperback: Apr 07 2011
  • 0 - 3 years
The Boyhood of Burglar Bill jacket image
  • The Boyhood of Burglar Bill
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  • ePub eBook: Mar 06 2008
  • 8 - 12 years
Funnybones: A Bone Rattling Collection jacket image
  • Funnybones: A Bone Rattling Collection
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  • Paperback: Oct 07 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
Starting School jacket image
  • Starting School
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  • Paperback: Aug 02 1990
  • 3 - 5 years
Each Peach Pear Plum: Cloth Book jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum: Cloth Book
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  • Hardback: Jun 07 2012
  • 0 - 3 years
The Baby's Catalogue jacket image
  • The Baby's Catalogue
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  • Hardback: Jun 07 2012
  • 0 - 3 years
Funnybones: Bumps in the Night jacket image
  • Funnybones: Bumps in the Night
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  • Paperback: Apr 07 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Funnybones: Dinosaur Dreams jacket image
  • Funnybones: Dinosaur Dreams
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  • Paperback: Apr 07 2005
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Each Peach Pear Plum Book and Block Set jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum Book and Block Set
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  • Board book: Jun 06 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Each Peach Pear Plum jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
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  • Paperback: Mar 13 1989
  • 3 - 5 years
Each Peach Pear Plum jacket image
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Sep 01 2011
  • 0 - 3 years
Burglar Bill jacket image
  • Burglar Bill
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  • ePub eBook: May 28 2012
  • 3 - 5 years
Starting School jacket image
  • Starting School
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  • Paperback: Jul 04 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Mr Biff the Boxer jacket image
  • Mr Biff the Boxer
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jun 06 2013
  • 0 - 3 years
The Baby's Catalogue jacket image
  • The Baby's Catalogue
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 04 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Mrs Wobble the Waitress jacket image
  • Mrs Wobble the Waitress
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jun 06 2013
  • 3 - 5 years
Master Track's Train jacket image
  • Master Track's Train
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  • Paperback: Aug 07 2014
  • 3 - 5 years

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  • Mrs Vole the Vet
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  • Paperback: Aug 07 2014
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My Brother's Ghost jacket image
  • My Brother's Ghost
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  • ePub eBook: Feb 01 2001
Friendly Matches jacket image
  • Friendly Matches
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  • ePub eBook: May 25 2006
  • 7 - 9 years
The Mighty Slide jacket image
  • The Mighty Slide
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  • ePub eBook: Nov 23 1989
  • 7 - 9 years
The Improbable Cat jacket image
  • The Improbable Cat
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  • ePub eBook: Sep 04 2003
Miss Jump the Jockey jacket image
  • Miss Jump the Jockey
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  • Paperback: Jun 05 2014
  • 5 - 8 years

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  • Kicking a Ball
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  • Paperback: May 01 2014
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  • Kicking a Ball
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  • Hardback: May 01 2014
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Collected Poems jacket image
  • Collected Poems
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  • ePub eBook: Jun 05 2008
Burglar Bill jacket image
  • Burglar Bill
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  • ePub eBook: May 28 2012
  • 3 - 5 years
The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce jacket image
  • The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Jul 07 2005
Please Mrs Butler jacket image
  • Please Mrs Butler
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  • ePub eBook: Mar 06 2003
Master Money the Millionaire jacket image
  • Master Money the Millionaire
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  • Paperback: Jun 05 2014
  • 5 - 8 years

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