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The Baby's Catalogue (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 27 Sep 1984

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (27 Sept. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503852
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 0.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Ahlberg, former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and gravedigger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over a hundred children's books and is the author of the prize-winning Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman. He has also written prize-winning fiction and poems for older readers. Allan lives in Bath.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Smart on 29 Nov. 2009
Format: Board book
When we were given this book by our neighbour we were surprised that there was no written story to it, but its a fantastic book and it gets you talking with your child. our little one is coming up for 20 months and hasn't put this down for the last 12 months! So many objects/situations/colours/animals and move of all babies, children and mummy's and daddy's - you just cannot run out of things to talk about and it learnt us that you do not necessarily need a story to follow, children are just so happy with you talking to them.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Beautiful pictures of the everyday objects familiar to young children, drawn with a sense of humour (my toddler laughs hysterically at the baby that has fallen into the toilet!) and a real sense of nostalgia. One of the most charming baby books I have seen.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book. Hours of entertainment and fun for adults and very young babies. Lots of detailed drawings outlining a gently humourous view of English life that transcends national boundaries. Faintly nostalgic, beautifully observed, and beyond peers in publishing for the very young. If any body tells you your newborn cannot see details, this book will prove them wrong.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ek Stewart on 17 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful for new babies and new parents. There is no story just words of things and lots of pictures. It is ideal for parents who want to bring the world of books to their very young children. It gives you the opportunity to interact with your baby, telling them about what things are and as they get older you can discuss what is happening with them. A real gem of a book.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought "The Baby's Catalogue" for my 16-month old daughter, Ruby. She loves to point at her favourite everyday things pictured in the book like the radio; the baby sitting on the potty examining his belly-button; the washing machine and the guinea pig (she even makes guinea pig 'squeaks' now when she sees the picture!). I like the way the book consists mainly of illustrations - it means that I can describe these pictures to Ruby in my own way. I also like how variations of the same object are pictured. Ruby points out which teapot or pram she likes. I pointed at the pram with two babies inside and asked, "Would Ruby like two babies?" and she quickly replied, "No!"! I find the pictures so charming and familiar. "The Baby's Catalogue" is a beautifully quaint book and it appears that there has been a lot of thought behind it's layout. It is a lot of fun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randi Dentressangle on 22 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
The story goes that the Ahlbergs wrote this after despairing that their daughter was only interested in reading the Mothercare catalogue.

The book follows the same babies, of different ages, through a variety of ordinary everyday activities. Despite the illustrations being a little dated, there are plenty of familiar objects to point at. All of my children's favourie things are there - beakers, ducks, bananas, dogs, sausages. My eldest son is particularly thrilled that there is a family with ginger hair like his brother's!

Janet Ahlberg's illustrations, as always, manage show a diverse selection of families and situations without being so worthy as to be nauseating. For example the book shows both men and women caring for babies, and both bottle feeding and breastfeeding.

I would say this book is ideal from about 18 to 30 months. Both my children have loved this book and it is one of the few books that hasn't caused me to hide it in a fit of Reading Fatigue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tooting Lady on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: Board book
My mum bought this for my daughter when she was about 6 months old and she loved looking at the pictures with us talking about what was happening. It really helped her to speak, she learnt all the words in the book and now at 2 1/2 she still loves it, reading it to her dolls and making up stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By El Bell on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Board book
The Baby's catalogue is a really fantastic book for babies and toddlers, my little girl has spent hours looking at this book, and it always goes with us on holidays, trips in the car etc
With this (pretty much) textless book, the Ahlbergs created a book which encourages the parent to talk about the book with the child, looking at each illustration in detail, un-distracted by text, and the whole book is so domestic in subject that the baby feels completely familiar with all elements.

It's a really great book, and I can highly recommend it to all parents of little uns.
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