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The Man Who Wore All His Clothes [Paperback]

Allan Ahlberg , Katharine McEwen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

8 April 2002
One morning Mr Gaskitt puts on all his clothes, Mrs Gaskitt picks up a robber in her taxi, Gus and Gloria have trouble with a teacher. Horace the cat goes to a friend's house to watch TV and the car radio gets things wrong. But then what happens? And why does Mr. Gaskitt wear all his clothes? Find out in this action-packed, fun-filled day in the life of the Gaskitt family.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (8 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744589959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744589955
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "I can't wait for the next Gaskitt story!" Literacy and Learning. [Now you don't have to! The second title, The Woman Who Won Things, also out this month!] * "The first in a series about the Gaskitts, who must surely be destined for greatness." The Sunday Times * "Huge fun and ideal for early readers." The Independent on Sunday * "This book is a joy, made the more so by McEwen's bright, clear, funny and touching pictures, which capture perfectly the Ahlberg humour. Every page is a triumph, text and illustration in partnership drawing the reader on through this romp of a story, which shimmers with life and laughter. Long live the Gaskitts." TES Primary * "A delight from beginning to end. The pictures are outstanding and mark the advent of a really inspired illustrator." The Financial Times

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Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books, particularly in partnership with his wife Janet, who died in 1994. Among his numerous classic picture books are The Jolly Postman books: Burglar Bill; Peepo! and Each Peach Pear Plum. Allan's other books for Walker include the Red Nose Readers; The Mysteries of Zigomar; Monkey Do!; Mockingbird; The Bravest Ever Bear; The Snail House; Treasure Hunt and the second in the series about the Gaskitt family, The Woman Who Won Things. Katharine McEwen is the illustrator of the picture book Cows in the Kitchen, several titles in the Walker Brand New Readers series; the Read Me series; and four Sam's Science books.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I was looking through the shelves of the local bookstore for something for my almost-6-year-old son. There are loads of books with titles like "Funny Stories for 6 Year Olds" which just aren't funny - it's like they are trying far too hard to appeal to a specific target market and the stories are dull and lacking imagination.
Fortunately, I found this wonderful book instead. Alan Ahlberg is a favourite from my own childhood and it's great to see that he's still turning out great books for children - in fact, he seems to be at the peak of his form as an author. I just wish he'd written this one when I was 6!
It's quirky but not self-consciously so, and pitched at just the right level for a 6-yr-old's reading abilities without being patronising or "talking down" to the reader. And it is very, very funny - it has had my son in stitches.
The pictures are great too. It was sad when Janet Ahlberg died a few years ago and her distinctive style of illustration is much missed, but fortunately Katherine McEwen has her own equally delightful style and adds another level of humour to the story.
Never mind "Funny Stories for 6 Year Olds" - if you want to encourage your children to read, introduce them to Alan Ahlberg. You won't be able to prise the book out of their hands!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favourite 23 April 2003
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Format:Paperback
I have just read this with my 6 yr old and we both loved the book. The plot is quite simple but brilliantly written and perfect to share with new readers as the language is not too advanced. My son was thrilled to share this book and loved being involved in the humour, although, as it appeals at all levels I had to explain why I was laughing so much at some of the text.There are lots of speaking inanimate objects ( the car radio being our favourite!)which are very clever . In short a classic - every home should have one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK FOR KIDS 24 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
I am nine but I have problems with reading so I think this book is good for me because the words weren't so hard .yet the story was very funny and interesting so it wasn't boring unlike other books I can read . I like the bit where Mr Gaskitt sits on the robber while eating pizza.I think you should read it and enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By young man VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is without doubt a great book. It is funny without being "try hard", it has simple language suitable for the age group it is aiming at. This is a book that a child will read for pleasure not because they have to for homework or because they were told to.

A great book, I would recommend putting it in the car so it can be looked at during longer journeys (as long as reading in the car doesn't make your child car sick of course!).
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