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The first ever "Funnybones" book by the amazing Allan Ahlberg. In this, the first ever "Funnybones" book of all, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series. "The Funnybones" books are a must for children just starting to learn to read - these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort! 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"; "The Baby's Catalogue"; "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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Product details

  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 200 x 258 x 8mm | 140g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0140565817
  • 9780140565812
  • 3,943

About Allan Ahlberg

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.

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Review Text

The fun begins with the endpapers to this sprightly, meandering, waggish tale of three skeletons' night out - and it continues on the title page, where the Ahlbergs' big skeleton, little skeleton, and dog skeleton step up their comical cavorting. Inside, black-as-night backgrounds combine with cheerful kindergarten style and color as the skeletons set out rakishly to "walk the dog and frighten somebody." They play in the park, romp with animal skeletons at the zoo (the live animals are all asleep), and end up frightening each other when they can't find anyone else to frighten. The funniest sequence deals with the dog skeleton's crashing himself to pieces and the other skeletons' cockeyed attempts to reassemble him. ("Wofo! "Oofu!" "Owof!" "Foow!" goes the mixed-up dog, as the hits and misses proceed.) Unfortunately, this comes fairly early and so lends a downhill slope to what follows. Still, there are some funny scares at the end, and much jolly bone-rattling throughout. (Kirkus Reviews)

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