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Burglar Bill (Picture Puffin) [Paperback]

Allan Ahlberg , Janet Ahlberg
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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: 18.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458 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
I love this book. I read it to my children and now I'm reading it to my grandchildren.
Published 11 days ago by Elizabeth Meldau
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a favourite in our family since I was a child
Published 14 days ago by lisa anesi
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Published 20 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book I will enjoy reading this at bed time
Published 23 days ago by Candice Seaman
5.0 out of 5 stars much loved by all it's readers
Timeless appeal, much loved by all it's readers.
Published 28 days ago by Ruth Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll av that!
Fond memories of my childhood. it this day whenever i see something I like I'll still say. "I'll av that!"
Published 1 month ago by Jodavies84
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too keen
My daughter asked for this. I don't enjoy reading it and the grammar isn't great. Hardly read it. My daughter never asks for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is a great story with great illustrations - one of the family favourites from when my own children were young.
Published 1 month ago by Waldo
4.0 out of 5 stars All aboard for Ahlberg
If you or your kids do NOT know Allan Ahlberg's work then you are in for a treat!

Funny, often outrageous (bit like Roal Dahl in that respect) and hugely entertaining,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claudia Saatchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This classic story is as good now for my daughter as I remembered it when I was little. I love the books buy these authors.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. K. Gryce
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