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Burglar Bill (Picture Puffin) [Paperback]

Allan Ahlberg , Janet Ahlberg
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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Book Description

30 Sep 1999 Picture Puffin

Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, Burglar Bill.

Burglar Bill 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!

Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that coming through the window? Who's that? ... It's Burglar Bill.

Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Cops and Robbers, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman.

Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg:

The Baby's Catalogue; 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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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (30 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503012
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Review

Burglar Bill is the delightful story of a thief who lives off other people's fortunes, until two major events change his life forever. The first is when he steals a box only to find it contains a baby, and the second is when he, too, is burgled, by Burglar Betty. The improbable union that follows offers a convenient moral that turns both thieves into honest folk who vow to keep on the straight and narrow.

Bright illustrations (if somewhat stereotypical, with Burglars Bill and Betty in stripy shirts, eye masks and carrying swag bags!) cheer up this somewhat serious tale and break up the text for first readers. A lovely story to read together at bedtime. (Ages 4 to 7 years) --Lucie Naylor

Amazon.co.uk Teacher Review

Children need to read at home every day to practise the reading skills that they have been taught. Here are some tips to help make Burglar Bill part of your child's reading routine:

  • choose a time when you and your child both want to read, sit somewhere comfortable and quiet.
  • before you begin to read, get a "feel" for the book by looking at the cover, front and back and talking about it.
  • let your child hold the book and turn the pages. Look at the pictures.
  • look for the little details--they help the child to understand what the book is about.
  • let your child "read" the book to you by talking about each picture.
  • read the book again and again if you both enjoy it.
If used to support learning at home, Burglar Bill can help first readers achieve the targets for Key Stage One English: Reading. --Amanda York

From the Back Cover

Who's that creeping down the street?
Who's that climbing up the wall?
Who's that coming through the window?
Who's that? ... It's Burglar Bill.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'LL 'AVE THAT! 17 Feb 2006
I adored this book as a child and would ask my Grandmother to read it over and over again.
The story of a burglar like nobody else can tell it. Bill spends his days sleeping and his nights as a master criminal burglar! He will steal anything, baked beans, a toothbrush, a basket!!! Until one night he picks up more than he bargained for!
This is definitely one for children of all ages. You and your child will laugh so much at the super silly Burglar Bill!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
We borrowed this book from a friend and it has not yet made its way back, in fact I'm here to buy another because we can't bear to let it go. There are few books I enjoy reading over and over but this is one of them. The characterisations are delightful and if you like to act (I do) are great fun to read with someone small next to you. Bill and Betty come quite naturally to realise the error of their ways and, importantly, make amends. The moral is there but it doesn't slap you round the face, after all no-one likes to be condescended to, least of all children. Bill, Betty and the baby are hilarious and their story surprising and very funny....we think this is a bit of a classic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the ahlbergs at their best 14 Mar 2007
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
The story of Burglar Bill, Burglar Betty and the baby was a great favourite with my children 30 years and more ago, and it's still a great favourite now that the generation moves on. Burglar Bill is not at all alarming, just the opposite, and it's nice that he finds happiness with Burglar Betty in the end. The pictures are lovely and the text is simple,direct and kindly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens classic 2 July 2005
By A Customer
I read this book over and over again as a child and adored it. I am now buying a copy for a friend's baby son. Not too cutesy, just a wonderful innocent book. Every kid should have this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burglar Bill by Janet Ahlberg 3 Dec 2006
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My son loved this book. From an early age he'd ask for it to be read to him. I've bought this book for friends children, nieces and nephews and all have enjoyed it as much as my son when he was young. A lovely simple story with a morale that encourages interest in books and reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it's nice 16 Feb 1999
By A Customer
I like this book because it's nice. It's funny and it's not scary, and it's happy. The characters are nice even though they're burglars. The pictures are colorful and the story makes me laugh, and it has a happy ending. We heard the tape at school and really liked it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burglar Bill - Primary Six Review 10 Nov 2009
Burglar Bill is a funny fictional childrens book. The story focusses on Bill and his burglaring habbits. One night when Bill is out stealing he gets more than he wants. By the end of the story Bill sees the error of his ways and becomes an honest man.

We liked the bright funny illstrations throughout the book. One of our favourites is the babies nappy (towel) which looks like a big tennis ball after Bill changes it. We found this story silly and exciting in a funny way.

We would recommend this book to children and adults because we think it is a really fantastic story. This book has been out for a very long time and still remains a very popular story. Adults can read it to their children and grandchildren.

By Lori,Chloe B,Chloe G,Victoria,Jordan R and Jordan A.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!! 17 Feb 2008
By Claire
This book is one of the lasting memories of my childhood and luckily I still have the same copy from back then that I can now read to my own children. My youngest is 2 and she sometimes lacks the patience to wait for me to read all the text before jumping ahead to the next page but the charming illustrations enable her to have a good grasp of the story anyway. She loves the Burglar Cat and Burglar Baby.

It will always have pride of place on my bookshelf as it holds lovely memories for me and I hope my children look back on it with fondness in the years to come too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
A lovely story which my children enjoyed and now my little granddaughter does. Excellent price. A definite purchase for children who love a book.
Published 5 days ago by Mrs D M AShmore
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Love this book, brought it for world book week. My little ones love it too. Brilliant story for little ones, I would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic childrens book
My son loved this book and I bought it for my 4 year old grandson. He enjoyed it as much as his uncle.
He insisted on taking it into school the day after he received it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
I read this to my kids, now it read it to my grandchildren and I buy it for presents. They all love it.
Published 1 month ago by MARINA M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Read this to my daughters when they were toddlers, now they are 24 & 27 and so bought it for my eldest as it brought back fond memories and in fact they both read it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms Jeanette Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
A wonderful book, and so pleased to get it for my grandchildren as my own children used to love it.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs A V Shute
5.0 out of 5 stars "I aint got no husband"
Probably the best picture book ever. This was my absolute favourite as a child, closely followed by the Ahlbergs' other masterpiece, 'Cops and Robbers'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dottymama
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I'll 'ave that
A firm favourite with one of my children I bought this copy to share with my grandchildren. It has been read several times already and my four year old Grandson, really likes it.
Published 3 months ago by Mum of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars burglar bill
The book arrived as promised and was in good condition. My granddaughter loves it as she's heard me talk about burglar bill.
Published 4 months ago by brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story book -- a shame there isn't a tape version these...
Love this book, heard it when I was growing up and now love to read it to my stepson at bedtime. It is a real shame there isn't a version on tape like there was when I was young!
Published 4 months ago by Kitkathat
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