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The Jolly Postman [Hardcover]

Janet Ahlberg , Allan Ahlberg
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30 Sep 1999
New, large-size edition of top-selling title - over 5 million copies of POSTMAN titles sold. The Jolly Postman delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor's letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and so on. There are six envelopes in the book, each containing letters, cards, etc.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670886241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670886241
  • ASIN: 0670886246
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495 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

About the Author

Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of the Greenaway Medal, 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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84 of 84 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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24 of 24 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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21 of 22 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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21 of 23 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
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 15 Nov 2013
By Nana
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My 6 year old grand-daughter showed me the school copy of this book( tattered by too much love) on Grandparents Day at school. She said it was her favourite.I ordered one for her and for my 4 year old grand-daughter, too. Meant to keep them for Christmas but couldn't!!! They were both so pleased! I suspect the books will look like the school one quite soon, and so they should. I really want to develop their love of books. Better now than Christmas when they will be busy with other gifts.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't complete.
I think the description that it was 'good ' condition was an overstatement as it was clearly a well used library book. Read more
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Published 15 days ago by aagrea
5.0 out of 5 stars More jolly than my postman
A really good kids book with pages in the form of envelopes with letters inside, example goldilocks apology to the three bears , fascinating and captivating , hours of fun , money... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kevin Dermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all ages
Timeless classic

Bought this book for my own kids, now buying for the next generation. Would recommend them to everyone.
Published 26 days ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
I don't think I can add anything new in a review of this wonderful book. The fact that it was popular 35 years ago when I first came across it for my children and that I have now... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marian2854
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Love this book :)
Have bought this book my neice because I loved it as a child. Really beautifully written and rhymed and very interactive
Published 1 month ago by charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite book!
This was one of my very favourite children's books as a child. I have used it in the classroom as a teacher, and now my little girl is old enough to enjoy it (nearly 4), i just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Every child loves this book
This is a lovely story. I bought one back in the early eights for my daughter now this one is for my grand daughters. The book only took 3 days to arrive.
Published 1 month ago by DAWN MATTHEWS
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality used book
This is a used book and was delivered promptly. However quite a few of the pages were ripped or they had Spiderman stickers on them. Also one of the letters is missing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by miss joanna l caldicott
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for reading
I loved this book as a child and credit it for my love of reading.
I was very excited to be able to buy this for my niece.
Published 2 months ago by Kirsty 'Love of a Good Book'
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