Cops and Robbers

Cops and Robbers


By (author) Allan Ahlberg, Illustrated by Janet Ahlberg

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 214mm x 4mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 12 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140565841
  • ISBN 13: 9780140565843
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 5,084

Product description

This is Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, "Cops and Robbers". "Cops and Robbers" is an entertaining picture book by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of "Peepo!" Perfect as a bedtime story and for children learning to read! 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. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. The Ahlbergs' books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg: "Burglar Bill"; "Cops and Robbers"; "Each Peach Pear Plum"; "The One and Only Two Heads"; "Son of a Gun"; "The Little Worm Book"; "Two Wheels Two Heads"; "Funny Bones"; "A Pair of Sinners"; "Happy Families"; "Peepo!" ; "The Ha Ha Bonk Book"; "Help Your Child to Read"; "Ten in a Bed"; "Please mrs Butler"; "Daisy Chains"; "Yum Yum"; "Playmates"; "Foldaways"; "Woof"; "The Cinderella Show"; "The Jolly Postman"; "The Jolly Christmas Postman"; "The Jolly Pocket Postman"; "The Clothes Horse and Other Stories"; "The Mighty Slide"; "Starting School"; "Heard it in the Playground"; "The Bear Nobody Wanted"; "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"; "The Giant Baby"; "Baby Sleeps"; "Blue Buggy"; "Doll and Teddy"; "See the Rabbit"; "Please Mrs Butler"; "The Better Brown Stories"; "The Boyhood of Burglar Bill".

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Author information

Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Christmas Postman both winners of Greenaway Medals, and The Baby's Catalogue, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.

Editorial reviews

"Ho ho for the robbers/The cops and the robbers Ho Ho!" So goes the refrain to the Ahlbergs' account, in heel-kicking five-line stanzas, of how officer Pugh foils a London gang's Christmas-Eve theft of children's toys. The illustrations, in their Burglar Bill comic style but softer colors, provide the details; sometimes there are up to twelve small pictures per double page, functioning as sly footnotes to the jiggy narrative. In short, this is another of the Ahlbergs' brisk capers, with no great haul for anyone but amusing in its childlike touches - as when the five robbers knock Pugh to the ground, de-pants him then sit on him crying "Give up, give up!" (Kirkus Reviews)