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Cops and Robbers Hardcover – 11 Sep 1978

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth (11 Sept. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434925012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434925018
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. His latest book - Kicking a Ball, illustrated by Sebastien Braun was published in May. He has also written prize-winning poetry and longer fiction. He lives in Bath, and, to avoid distractions, writes from a shed in his garden! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Davies on 10 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
As a boy I could not get enough of this book. I still can't. The pictures are great, the characters are instantly understood and the simple rhyme commits to memory in seconds. What little boy would not want to be Officer Pugh saving the kids toys on Christmas eve? Although I definitely have a soft spot for Peg-Leg Horace, and the picture of him handcuffed round a tree.
As an adult I still talk to my Dad about this book and how much I enjoyed it when we read it together when I was little. And now as a dad-to-be, imagine then how happy I was when I received a new copy from my parents to read to my child when he or she is old enough (although I think it may have been sent for me rather than the baby)! It is solid gold and a must for any parent to get their kids reading and more importantly to enjoy it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By james farquharson on 13 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
The rhyming narrative and the timeless, larger than life characters placed in a story that appeals to every child makes this book one of the greatest children's picture books of all time.
The image of a gang of robbers attempting to ruin Christmas being thwarted by the work of Officer Pugh is both funny and intriguing and will keep your child hooked to the end.
Once bought never forgotten (this is probably the only book i properly remember from my childhood) this is a book you'll be forced to read time and time again to your children but won't mind doing so.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Toby Perkins on 18 May 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a quite wonderful children's book, introducing children to an important theme (good v evil) in an amusing & interesting way. The melodic nature of the verse and the exciting conclusion have led my five year old son to learn it off by heart teaching him many new words in the process, but alongside the educational benefits it is a story every parent will enjoy to read, secure in the knowledge that you will have the undivided attention of your audience. PS Grandma Swagg is still at large, it's not too late for a sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "struanfredersdorff" on 17 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
I remember having this book read to me as a child, and that surely speaks volumes, now i'm in my thirties. I now have a nephew who is keen to hear tales and stories from around the world, and this book is a favourite. The charming pattern of the writing is a real joy. And as a reader, almost forms a melodic rhythm as you work your way through the pages. The characters are larger than life, especially "Peg leg Horace, Fingers Maurice and the Villainous Grandma Swag". Children become caught up in the flow, and are desperate for the pages to turn. It really is a lovely book, and i'm sure there is a young boy i know, who will be reading it to his children, when he's older.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kevin@carsonk.fsnet.co.uk on 5 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
Having recalled this book with my 21 year old son he can relate to me the entire script and the characterisation I lent to the book.
It is an excellent opportunity for those cherished moments of a parent-child relationship that can be remembered forever and passed down through generation to generation. That in itself surely is testimony of a great book having been remembered by a child (son) and later discussed in great detail with cherished memories. Certainly people should recognise this books as a classic, simliar to A.N Mill's Winnie the Pooh.
Television is seen as one of the greatest mediums of this century, but surely this book proves that nothing can be better than the intimacy of a parent reading to a child. The proof of that moment is the child's recollection of those memories in later life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By james farquharson on 13 Feb. 2006
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The rhyming narrative and the timeless, larger than life characters placed in a story that appeals to every child makes this book one of the greatest children's picture books of all time. The image of a gang of robbers attempting to ruin Christmas being thwarted by the work of Officer Pugh is both funny and intriguing and will keep your child hooked to the end.
Once bought never forgotten (this is probably the only book i properly remember from my childhood) this is a book you'll be forced to read time and time again to your children but won't mind doing so!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Eleri W. P. Wood on 11 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the most wonderful book it is the ultimate favourite at home. My 4 year old insists on it every night and knows all the lines. My friend who is a touch over 40 has started reciting lines from it in the office.
Buy it - you'll love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Cops and Robbers tells us the story of 2 very different sets of people who live in London town. Firstly, we meet the cops, who include the rather fantastic Officer Pugh, who is the best police officer of them all, and is able to fend off all kinds of burglars by himself! Then, there are the awful robbers, all pretty awful in their own way, but especially Grandma Swagg, tut tut! The police officers are of course dressed smartly in their uniforms, and the burglars in their stripey outfits with bandanas over their eyes, but all is about to kick off one Christmas Eve nightwith the officers and burglars... who will come out as the victors?!

Firstly, I've got to say that once you read this book, you'll fall in love with it. Janet and Allan Ahlberg are an amazing writing duo, and it's no surprise that the books they wrotes decades ago (this book is an amazing 34 years old) are still as successful, still in print and still among some of the most popular children's books on library lists. Allan Ahlberg was responsible for the words in their books, with his wife Janet illustrating them, and while the words are fantastic, for me it is the illustrations in this book which really bring it to life and make it so readable. The illustrations are so bright and colourful, some taking up full pages, others fitting in around the text and it works perfectly, they complement the words exactly, and children love to look at them. The detail in these images, particularly the full page ones are outstanding.

The fun thing about this text is that it is rhyming throughout the book, and has a great rhythm as you read it aloud. Due to the way it's written, it is somehow so easy to memorise and you'll find yourself reeling off passages of the book without really needing to put much effort into remembering it.
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