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Allan Ahlberg

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Allan Ahlberg

In the early 1960s, Allan studied teacher training in Sunderland, where he also met Janet, his future wife. He had tackled a wide variety of jobs, ranging from postman to plumber's mate before working as a primary teacher for ten years. Janet, however, discovering that she 'couldn't do the policing job', went on to study 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 Each Peach Pear Plum and The Baby's Catalogue.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'. 

Each Peach Pear Plum x 2
Burglar Bill  x2
The Pencil x2
The Runaway Dinner x2
Hooray for Bread x2
Previously x2
Funnybones: Bumps in the Night x2
Cops and Robbers x2
Mrs Wobble the Waitress x1
Miss Brick the Builder's Baby x1
Mrs Lather's Laundery x1
Master Bun the Baker's Boy x1

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