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Peepo! (Board Book) [Board book]

Janet Ahlberg , Allan Ahlberg
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 April 2011

Peepo! is the much-loved picture book classic by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Peepo! is a modern classic that continues to delight generations of babies and toddlers and their parents. Look through the holes to spot details from the wonderful illustrations. Peepo! A perfect gift for new babies and parents, this board book edition is perfect for little hands.

Here's a little baby

One, two three

Standing in his cot

What does he see?

Peepo! has become a classic for babies and toddlers. It follows a baby through the day in a style full of wit, charm and ingenuity. A series of holes peeping through to the next page leads the child on to the next stage in the day, giving a hint of what is to come.

Praise for Peepo!

'The best book ever published for babies' - Books for Your Children

'Surely no one - baby, child or adult - could fail to enjoy Peepo!' - Sunday Telegraph

'A book to last a lifetime . . . this is a perfect book for sharing' - Nursery World

Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. The Baby's Catalogue was inspired by their daughter, Jessica. The Ahlbergs' books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg:

Burglar Bill; Cops and Robbers; The Baby's Catalogue; 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

  • Board book: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141337427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141337425
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The repetitive rhymes and action-packed illustrations in the delightful Peepo! have made this stunning book a favourite for small children and their parents for many years.

This glossy, indestructible board book edition captures the essence of the original and takes even the smallest of children on a peek-a-boo journey through a day in the life of a baby and is ideal for teaching tiny children the joys of handling and sharing books. (Ages 9 months to 2 years) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Janet and Allan Ahlberg were one of Britain's most successful artist/author teams. From 1975 until shortly before Janet's death in 1994, they created many acclaimed picture books. Allan taught for some years before becoming a full-time writer and Janet studied Graphic Design and became an illustrator. EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN were both Greenaway Medal winners. PEEPO! won the Best Books For Babies Award in 1985. Allan Ahlberg lives in Leicestershire.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Here is reality - a household with toys strewn all over the floor, cupboard doors bulging open, a little baby throwing his food around. Here is a family existing on limited means, but making the most of what they have.

Open each new page and follow the day through the eyes of a little baby/young toddler, from the moment he wakes to last thing at night, asking "What does he see?" All the while the little baby is having a wonderful time. Does he mind that his house is in a mess? Does he care that his parents haven't got the latest designer trappings? No! He just seems to be concerned about what his family are up to and the whereabouts of his teddy and his ball!

The historic backdrop of WWII makes this book an interesting read for the older child - and what a great way for grandparents and greatgrandparents who were young themselves during this period of history to share their memories with their grandchildren today. Look at the pages carefully, and you will spot gas masks, men in RAF and army uniforms, a Winston Churchill photo pasted to the parlour wall, a bomb damaged house, a barrage balloon and aeroplanes high in the skies above baby who blissfully unaware sits on a rug chewing his teddy's arm. Most heart wrenching of all, baby's daddy bathing him and then kissing him goodnight, dad dressed in his army uniform ready to leave and to face goodness only knows what. Most children will no doubt miss many of these subtleties (I showed a girlfriend of mine who had been brought up with this book in the home and had never noticed the WWII background!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring and faithful friend 14 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This book rapidly became my son's favourite at twelve months and remains so eighteen months later. In fact we are on our second copy as the first became too dog-eared with use and too mucky as my son insists on kissing the baby in the story goodnight! The coherent storybook is beautifully illustrated with the added bonus of activity and fun with "peepo". The Ahlbergs have an exceptional talent for finding the right level to pitch a story whilst still providing lots of interest for the child with the text and lots of scope for development through the complexity of the pictures. My only problem has been explaining some of the dated (its set in the 1940s) terms such as "hairnet" and "bucket full of coal"! If your child likes this format you should also try "Each Peach Pear Plum" from the same author and illustrator.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 16 Feb 2006
Format:Board book
Children of all ages will love this book(Both mine did from babies). It is definitely preschool but with its fabulous illustrations and rhyming text this is a really incredible book for children. They gain so much from it, it is incredible to watch. They will interact with you, they learn to read and my four year old has actually started asking when it was set and asking about "the olden days".
If this is not already in your children's collection then buy it(you might need a spare as they really will read it to death!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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To ensure toddler appeal, Peepo! has repetitive rhymes, holes in the pages, lots of fun stuff to look for, and the most traditional plot of all. We watch a small baby get up, eat his breakfast, go to the park with his sisters & his grandma, have his tea & a bath, and go to bed. So your baby or toddler will find this book familiar and comfortable. Meanwhile, grown-ups and older children will realise that the book is set in the middle of the Second World War. Daddy is in uniform, zeppelins fly overhead, and the paraphernalia of the forties is everywhere. And through all this, the children and adults behave, well, exactly like children and adults do now. The plethora of tiny details keeps grown-ups satisfied for repeated re-readings, and as your child grows more aware of the differences, Peepo! could be a starting point for a discussion of history. Most of the objects in the book are familiar in type but not in style. For example, the bath is tin, and sits in front of the fire, which is full of coal. And there are a few things - like a gas mask - that will be completely unfamiliar to your child. So there is plenty to talk about here. I'd recommend the board book edition - easier for little hands, especially given the holes in the pages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 8 Feb 2004
Format:Board book
This is one of the first books I bought for my children. The illustrations have great detail and humour. The rhyming text is good for reading out loud and talks about things that are happening in the illustration, encouraging the child to look all the more. This is a great book for babies and toddlers and older.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PEEPO 4 Feb 2004
Format:Board book
What a fantastic book for both children and parents.
Beautifully illustrated - so much to see in each picture.
I first bought it for my daughter when she was a baby and now she's nearly 3 years old, she thinks it's about her new baby brother. She still shouts out PEEPO! at every page.
A joy of a book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peepo - more than it seems 30 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Board book
On one level, Peepo is a simple "day in the life of a toddler" book which uses sweet picures and repetitive text to engage and involve a small child. My little boys loved to join in with the cry of "Peepo" as a loving extended family play with and involve the baby with their lives, in the home, the garden and the park. However, the carefully detailed illustrations show that Peepo is set during the Second World War. The daddy is home from leave from the army, and soon he will have to go back. Mum and gran are having to work hard and manage on very little. But they are all making sure that baby is protected from all this and is happy and loved, as all families try to in times of war and hardship. I found this book quite moving and it made me think, about my own familiy during the War, and about all the families in the world who are going through the same thing. Quite an achievement for a board book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
This is a lovely book, there is lots to look for in the pictures as you read the story. I would highly recommend this book.
Published 16 days ago by Jodo
5.0 out of 5 stars just buying for my niece...
What better way to introduce a child to reading and rhymes as well as the risks of global conflict, mass conscription and poison gas. We are truly a unique and baffling nation. Read more
Published 25 days ago by P M Apps
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
A great book for any baby - even my 4 year old loves this one, we rented the larger paperback version from the library and my kids 2 and 4 loved it so much I bought it and this one... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tammyanne Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars another must for childhood.
Again i had this book many many years ago for my children and was happy to purchase it again for my grandson.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs D Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for babies, ever!
I loved this book as a child and now my twins love it too, especially the detailed illustrations with lots of things to find and the lovely 'Peepo' window. Brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by blueangel2107
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!
This is the loveliest little kids book with the nicest language, I just love it. The old time pictures & peepo on the pages keep my little girl interested from start to finish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MRS P
5.0 out of 5 stars PEEPO - A Classic
This classic has been part of every baby's 1st birthday present for the past 15 years - It is wonderful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maria T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Lovely, lovely book. I haven't tired of reading it and my daughter is increasingly more enamored as she learns to turn the pages and peer through the cut outs.
Published 2 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
another present for our grandson, he loves book and grandma / grandpa love reading it to him. Will be lovely memento.
Published 2 months ago by Michael2012
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book to share
I'm a teacher in a daycare nursery and I've got to say the children love sharing this book when we read it together. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Da iawn
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