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The Jolly Postman [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Allan Ahlberg , Janet Ahlberg
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
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Book Description

27 Sep 2007
Hip hip hooray, The Jolly Postman is 20 years old! Still as exciting to children as the day it first published, this international award winner and its two successors have sold more than 6 million copies around the world. This gorgeous anniversary edition has a free letter set keepsake containing 10 special Jolly Postman letters, 10 decorated envelopes and a sticker sheet.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 20th anniversary pack ed edition (27 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141382600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141382609
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Jolly Postman must surely be one of the most innovative and interactive books for young children. Accompany the Jolly Postman on his rounds as he delivers post to classic children's characters, all of which happily live within his delivery round. Meet the Three Bears, Cinderella (now happily married to her Prince Charming), Goldilocks and many more. The real magic in this book lies in the inclusion of actual and highly personalised post for each character--each tucked into a neat envelope between the pages of the book. Enjoy Goldilocks' "Sorry" letter to the Three Bears, a Postcard to the Giant from Jack and, most amusing of all, the writ issued to the Big Bad Wolf (still occupying Grandma's cottage) by lawyers acting on behalf of both Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.

The story is told in charming verse to compliment this very active and unusual storybook. The Jolly Postman is a treasure for children aged 2 to 6 years old. --Victoria MacKenzie --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover 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, together with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and PEEPO! He has also written prize-winning poetry, and fiction for older readers. Allan lives in Bath.

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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read 8 Feb 2004
One of my favourite things about The Jolly Postman, as the subtitle of ‘Or, Other People’s Letters’ suggests, is that it really IS as if you were sneakily peeking at an assortment of letters addressed to others. This splendid children’s book follows the Postman of a fairy-tale land, as he spends a busy day delivering mail to well-known characters from stories. The book is set out in the following format: one page contains a beautiful colour illustration of the character(s) involved, and the other page is an envelope, which the reader can open to reveal a letter. The rhymes are short yet humorous, and useful for children that are learning to read to practise their skills. An example of one of the verses is:
“So the witch read the letter
With a cackle of glee
While the Postman read the paper
But LEFT his tea. (It was green!)”
The envelopes are all different, and the decision of the authors to include a wide variety of letters (formal and friendly) is nothing short of ingenious. Each envelope displays the name and address of a character, and a stamp and postmark for added authenticity. The giant (of Jack and the Beanstalk) for instance, receives a postcard in an airmail envelope, from Jack. The wicked witch receives a brilliantly amusing catalogue from Hobgoblin Witch Supplies, Goldilocks gets a birthday card (with a one pound note inside), and Cinderella is delivered a charming mini-book of her life from a publisher.
The Jolly Postman is truly one of the most inspired children’s books I have ever had the good fortune to come across, and anyone who has enjoyed it like me may also like to track down the two other books in the same series, ‘The Jolly Pocket Postman’ and ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ (both of which are superb).
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A children's (and adults') classic 15 Jan 2004
Every family should have this book. The Ahlbergs have come up with a book which which is a joy for children to read but also appeals to adults with its dry wit. The whole concept is fun and innovative - my 4 year old son loves the illustrations and getting out the letters although much of the hunour goes over his head! We need more books like this!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best childrens book around! 28 Nov 2002
By A Customer
I myself had a copy of this book when I was a child and it is one that kept me amused for hours on end. The story is very well constructed and flows well, one that will keep even adults intrested. One of the highlights though is to be able to read the letters that the postman delivers to all our favorite fairy tale characters. I was actually coming on Amazon to buy it again as I have sadly lost my copy and would like to read it again! If you are looking for the perfect thing to keep your children amused, buy this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book is really great for children. It cant help but keep your child's attention as they interact while you read. They can get the letter out of each of the envelopes and listen to what the different nursery rhyme characters have to write about. Lots of fun and put together very well. It's one of my sons favorites as well as one of my favorites to read. Great book for a gift!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful present for any child. 10 April 2007
This book is one of the most enchanting I have ever read. It is a delightful read for both children and adults alike. Everyone loves to receive letters in the post and this gives that thrill to a child - the one person that can experience excitement at its raw level.

The linking poems are gentle and roll well together to link the different characters together on the Jolly Postman's journey. In addition to the poems, there is an abundance of material contained in the letters etc themselves which will bring a smile to any child's face.

The book is a great tool for sparking the inquisitive and imaganitive parts of the child's brain without ever becoming dull. I gave this book to a friend's daughter when she was two and a half - she now reads the book to me purely from memory! She loves to look inside the envelopes and find the letters inside and tell me what is going on in each of them.

A timeless classic to be enjoyed over and over.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !! 10 Feb 2002
By A Customer
I think this book is just brilliant.
I first read this book when I was about seven or eight. I borrowed it from a friend and she told me I could keep it (I still have it now).
The pictures are of high quality and the story writing is just wonderful. It is a very interactive book due to the fact that it has wonderful letters in it which you can take out to read.
I'd definitely recommend this book, it is still one of my favourite children books now and i'm twenty eight years old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to use with a Year 3 Class! 15 Jun 2011
By Mr J
My class really liked having this book read to them! Having so many different kinds of letter in one entertaining book makes it very useful for a week of letter writing in literacy! My only problem from a teacher's point of view was that the formal letters didn't have addresses in the top right corner.
My class really got a lot out of this and thought The Jolly Postman should be sacked for drinking wine then getting on his bike!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for a 3-4 year old 7 Mar 2010
By Jilly
Bought this for my grand daughter who loves books with letters and postcards in them. This was recommended to me by a workmate who used to be a teacher - it was a favourite with her class too. It's not just a story, each section refers to a well known fairy story and the letters carry on where the fairy story left off. I love reading it to her.
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