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The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) [Hardcover]

Janet Ahlberg , Allan Ahlberg
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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28 Oct 2010 The Jolly Postman
It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr. Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalized Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc.

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  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670886270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670886272
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 20.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including the Greenaway Medal-winning EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher,now lives in London.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true delight! 10 Nov 2004
This a truly wonderful book, with a great little novelty items in each envelope. The Humpty jigsaw puzzle is my 3year old's favourite. Every page has fabulous illustrations, as you would expect from Janet Ahlberg, with loads of detail - just the sort that children love to pour over. My nearly 6year old daughter also still loves it. Highly recommended!!!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jolly Christmas Postman 6 April 2003
By A Customer
This book was actually bought as a Christmas present, but as fans of Janet and Allan Ahlberg and especially The Jolly Postman, we sneaked a peek {or two}before wrapping it up.
Not quite as funny as The Jolly Postman which is exceptionally entertaining for children and adults alike, The Jolly Christmas Postman is still a very good children's book and one they will ask for again and again. I would say it has appeal to a large age range from as young as 2-3years literally to adult, its one of those books you do actually enjoy reading, makes bedtime effortless!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Ahlberg duo is the perfect parcel.
The writing and the illustrations are integrated perfectly so each balances the other, placing no doubt in the worthiness of having the distinguished Kate Greenaway medal tacked next to their names.
Children and adults are invited to join this loveable postman on what can only be seen as one of his most important rounds of the year- Christmas time. The anticipation, excitement and magic of this season are all captured within this book.

Along the way we meet classic children's characters from popular fairytales and nursery rhymes. Where we have invited this book into our own private and intimate settings, the reader is rewarded. We too are privileged to observe first hand what the Four Bears would receive in the post from Goldilocks, (as expected not a thank you card for the bear's hospitality,) to seeing that no character is too minor and that there even can be post for the diminutive Gingerbread Boy.
Each character met on this dynamic journey, is personalised and strongly established through clear verse and can easily be recited by any child.
From the point of view of any aspiring writer, there is so much that can be taken and used for personal development. What can be seen as the initial attraction of this children's story is the innovative `craftsmanship' that is evident from just reading the title. Writing a story about a postman, a figure that is unnoticeably present within every child's life and shaping him into a warming and personal character is unique. However, working alongside this with the notion of no matter what age you are, there is a spark of delight when you receive a handwritten envelope in the post.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming and fun book 7 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book last year for my three year old niece who loves me reading to her. She asks for this book over and over and knows it by heart she always puts all the inserts back very carefully so as not to lose them and often we find her simply amusing herself by looking at the beautiful illustrations. The best christmas book she has had so far.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I think this book is fantastic especially since it was one of my favourites when I was small. There are lots of fun puzzles and bits to look at inside- the sort of thing adults pinch from their children just for fun!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame 13 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A delightful book but don't order from here is you'd like it for Christmas. I ordered this on 25th November for a friend's Christmas gift. It was due for delivery tomorrow but had not been dispatched. Upon enquiry I have been informed by live chat session that Amazon have had difficutlies getting the stock required and they now cannot get this to me until 27th Dec at the earliest - the magic of the Jolly Christmas Postman may be a little dimished after Christmas. I'm now off to the dreaded highstreet in an effort to find this book tomorrow (wish me luck!).
I'm told they had a stock issue which was outside their control. I understand these things can happen but I had not proactive contact from Amazon about this issue. If I had this information at the time of order or before now I would not be left with facing the xmas crowds...the very reason I'm an online shopper. When I asked how I could formally complain I was not given the information I needed. I can't find a link to complain anywhere so perhaps someone reading this will point me in the right direction, I'm feeling a little less Jolly right now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but the original is better. 4 Jan 2010
By A. Kirk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you have a choice between the two, then I would get the original version as it will outlast as the more classic of the two. However at Christmas this version works very well and it makes a good Christmas present for small children.

The pictures / text / 'deliveries' are all very good and sufficient to keep interest levels high and the child will return to book a number of times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christmas 5 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lovely interactive story. This is a treasured story that my girls love to read time and time again. Perfect for the coming season
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
A beautiful book, with real letters enclosed; makes the whole story very real, and very exciting; the children will love it!
Published 26 days ago by Mrs Patricia Kennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Top item
Child really loves this book, and the others in the series. Reads it over and over, worth every penny and more.
Published 2 months ago by Unhappy Snapper
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this!
I remember this from when I was young, bought for my daughter at Christmas and she loves reading it and looking at all the letters and cards. A lovely gift.
Published 2 months ago by becky070902
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas present
My granddaughter loves this book. The envelopes with something inside is a great idea, she loves opening them as i read the story to her.
Published 2 months ago by Lucher girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
I had this as a little girl and when I came across it again recently I could not leave without buying it for my nephew. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars Going back in time!
My daughters had this book to read over 25 years ago so I purchased it for my Grand daughter who absolutely loves it. Brings back lots of memories for me too!
Published 2 months ago by morkeef
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
The story is brilliant, I enjoyed it as a child & am now sharing that with my 4 year old Neice. Item was described as being a little worn, but when it arrived one of the envelopes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Shelley Bridger
4.0 out of 5 stars good book but took AGES to arrive (over a year, actually!!!). when the...
when the first comment came about the delay it made no reference to the length of time I woujld have to wait. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ABE
5.0 out of 5 stars another buy for my cousins
I used to have this as a child and gave me many stories of joy with the puzzles and letters inside hope this brings them as much joy as it did me as a child
Published 3 months ago by R. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
Again this is a book that I bought for my onw children years ago and they in their twenties still talk about it. It is for a little niece so I hope she enjoys it as much.
Published 4 months ago by Anne-Marie
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