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Please Mrs. Butler [Hardcover]

Allan Ahlberg
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Book Description

28 April 1983

The bestselling and much-loved children's poetry classic, Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg is celebrating its 30th anniversary! With a fresh new look for a brand new generation of school children to take to its heart, every teacher, parent and child should have a copy.

Nobody leave the room.

Everyone listen to me.

We had ten pairs of scissors

At half-past two, And now there's only three.

This witty collection of school poems by Allan Ahlberg, re-jacketed for its 30th anniversary and for a whole new generation of school children to fall in love with, is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone. From never-ending projects, reading tests, quarrelling, making-up, excuses and 'Please, Sir, it isn't fair.'

Fritz Wegner's line drawings beautifully complement the hilarious and poignant verses.

Please Mrs Butler was voted the most important twentieth-century children's poetry book in a Books for Keeps poll.

Praise for Please Mrs Butler:

'Hilarious and poignant school verses about primary school life. A real winner' - Guardian

'Clever, funny and nostalgic, the collection is a delight' - Sunday Times

PLEASE MRS BUTLER - The most important 20th-century children's poetry book' - Books for Keeps poll

Praise for Allan Ahlberg:

'By far our best writer for the young,' - Telegraph

Author

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 Christmas Postman - both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. The Telegraph described him as 'By far our best writer for the young.'

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books (28 April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722657927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722657928
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilarious and poignant verses about primary school life. A real winner (Guardian)

Clever, funny and nostalgic, the collection is a delight (Sunday Times)

The most important 20th-century children's poetry book (Books for Keeps poll) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 Christmas Postman - both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. The Telegraph described him as 'By far our best writer for the young.' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect & Pleasing School-based Poetry 4 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a gently amusing and wittily accurate collection of poems set in a primary school. Contained within are poems that are destined to be classics such as 'Please Mrs Butler','Scissors','Supply Teacher','Reading Test' and 'Blame'.
The poems reflect all the varied aspects of the school day such as projects, tests, playtime, friendships, quarrels, dinner time and home time. The poems are popular with all ages in the primary sector and can lead to discussions in Circle Time as well as providing something that appears to be in shorter supply than when this book was first published over a quarter of a century ago - fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! 18 April 2012
By Leila
Format:Paperback
My Mum is a Primary School Teacher and rates this book so highly suitable for children to read that she wanted me to write a short review. She says it has a range of fun and exciting poems to read which engage the children, she's read it to children aged 6-10 and all have seemed to enjoy the poems which she thinks can relate to them because a lot of the poems are based on school-life. She recommends this book highly! She even bought one for her student teacher to start her with her teaching career!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Mrs Butler 14 Jan 2014
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book of school based poems has been a favourite for many years and it is wonderful to see that it is both still popular and in print. I recently read it with my children - aged nine and seven - and they both found it funny, thought provoking and relevant. The poems are split into different sections: School Time, Play Time, Dinner Time, School Time Again and Home Time. They deal with every aspect of school, from teasing and struggling with reading, to assembly and through to the fun and games in the playground. I think it would be a great tool for both teaching literacy and circle time, to help promote discussion and also just because they are so enjoyable and full of humour. A real and enduring classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 30 Oct 2011
By Rach267
Format:Paperback
I was made up when I found this book on Amazon. Have a home video of my older brothers reading the poetry from it from years ago. My brother's copy was really scruffy so bought two from Amazon, one for me and one for him as a little present. We were both really happy and brings back loads of memories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars laugh a lot 8 May 2011
By maria
Format:Paperback
I read this book again and again and still laugh out loud. my child is 29 now and we used to read it together when he was small, the poems are spot on, especially 'the ballad of robin hood'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic kids poems 31 Jan 2014
By Mavis
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I enjoyed these poems as a kid and now I've bought the book so my kids can enjoy them too :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The old ones are the best!! 15 May 2013
By sue
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Have loved this book since I first read it to pupils over 20 years ago. Now my grandchildren love it too - especially the one about Mum throwing a swiss roll at Dad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 19 April 2013
By Jackie
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My daughter has been reading this in school and asked for a copy of it for her birthday. She is delighted with it and it is such a lovely little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Bought this book as I remember it from my childhood.
Has been lovely sharing it with my own chikdren and they have enjoyed it too.
Published 4 days ago by tabitha boniface
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book -Disappointed with the condition
I bought this book as a bit of a nostalgic surprise for my twenty-something daughter who had loved this book at school. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Elizabeth Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Children love it..
I bought it as a Christmas gift as I know young children love it as I do too. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by AMANDA
5.0 out of 5 stars This was my favorite poetry book when I was in primary school
This was my favorite poetry book when I was in primary school. Suddenly remembered it a couple of days ago & had to add it to my own children's library. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joanne Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for my grandaughter
I bought her this to make her laugh and she loves it. It's in excellent condition, I don't know if I will ever buy new books again.
Published 5 months ago by michelle rawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A must have for any classroom; an excellent way to begin your love of poetry (full of child related topics).
Published 7 months ago by 08simmonsf
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved by teachers and children
Had to buy a new copy as this is always well received by children. Got the Kindle version so that it is always available in my bag. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vikki Jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful poetry book for a child
This book is funny and cheeky for young children, accurate for adults especially teachers.
I enjoyed it with my children and find it equally enjoyable with my grandchildren
Published 10 months ago by gilliebeans
5.0 out of 5 stars please mrs butler
Since I could read I just loved Allen Ahlberg's lovely poems.He is famous poet and I'm sure if you read this book you'd be satisfied.
Published 10 months ago by samirah hussain
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