ISBN 9780141379524 – Puffin – Penguin UK: Board book 34 pp – May 2017
Janet and Allan Ahlberg met in the early 1960s. Janet studied 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.’
1980 also saw the birth of their daughter, Jessica who was a great inspiration to their work.
Janet passed away in 1994.
A brand new beautifully cased board book edition of the iconic Each Peach Pear Plum from the amazing minds of Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
A beautiful brand new cased board book version of this classic picture book by the iconic Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each Peach Pear Plum introduces characters from well-known nursery stories, such as the Three Bears, Mother Hubbard and Tom Thumb, and encourages children to participate and to find the characters hidden in the pictures. The text, with its strong rhyme and rhythm, is perfect to read aloud to very young children, while the game of ‘I Spy’ keeps children enthralled.