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  • Tankobon Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 4931284590
  • ISBN-13: 978-4931284593
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 18.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming stories with a quiet, individual humour 28 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In this slim paperback, Janet and Allan Ahlberg take six everyday expressions and write a story around each of them, adding a touch of fairytale, plus plenty of charm and humour. In 'The Clothes Horse' we learn all about a horse made, by a magician, out of spare clothes, and follow its adventures after it runs away from its job pulling a milkman's cart. The second story: 'Life Savings' tells the tale of an old woman who has saved days from her childhood in order to spend later. But there's more. What of the Giant constantly bothered by small children called 'Jack'? Why he puts them in a pot, of course, in order to tip them down the bottom of the garden every night. What is 'No-man's' land? One small girl in the fourth story poses the question, but luckily her best friend knows the answer. Next we have 'The Night Mail', which faithfully delivers sacks of night, until, one day, robbers steal them, plunging a kingdom into constant daytime. The final story, 'God Knows', is a twist on a classic bedtime story, with a rather unusual narrator.
It's the humour, I think, that makes this book really special - a real delight for adults reading aloud, and for older self-readers. There's a small illustration on nearly every page - just enough to complement the stories, and a full colour page illustration at the start of every tale, full of charming detail, with plenty of interesting little things for children to spot.
If you're looking for lots of bright colours and racy, bouncy text, then this book isn't for you. This is a quiet book, charming rather than exciting. All the stories have a gentle, self-contained, fairytale quality, making it perfect for bedtime, and a wonderful book to snuggle up to on a cold grey afternoon, or when a child is sick and you want to raise a smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 16 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
The stories in this book look behind the meaning of well-known expressions (clothes horse, life savings, no-man's land).
They are fun, thoughtful and very well written and the illustrations are a perfect match - it is a pleasure to read and re-read them with my children.
A real pity it is out of print!
I searched everywhere for second-hand copies to share this wonderful book with our friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 24 April 2011
By Nicola
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is one of my all time favourites, we didn't have much money when my children were young, so my daughter would get it out of the library as often as she could and we read one of the stories each night. It is sadly out of print now, but so worth getting a copy if you can. The writing is so well done by the Ahlberg's, children will be highly entertained as will the adult reading it. Great imagination in the short stories and so amusing.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this slim paperback, Janet and Allan Ahlberg take six everyday expressions and write a story around each of them, adding a touch of fairytale, plus plenty of charm and humour. In 'The Clothes Horse' we learn all about a horse made, by a magician, out of spare clothes, and follow its adventures after it runs away from its job pulling a milkman's cart.
The second story: 'Life Savings' tells the tale of an old woman who has saved days from her childhood in order to spend later. But there's more. What of the Giant constantly bothered by small children called 'Jack'? Why he puts them in a pot, of course, in order to tip them down the bottom of the garden every night. What is 'No-man's' land? One small girl in the fourth story poses the question, but luckily her best friend knows the answer.
Next we have 'The Night Mail', which faithfully delivers sacks of night, until, one day, robbers steal them, plunging a kingdom into constant daytime. The final story, 'God Knows', is a twist on a classic bedtime story, with a rather unusual narrator.
It's the humour, I think, that makes this book really special - a real delight for adults reading aloud, and for older self-readers. There's a small illustration on nearly every page - just enough to complement the stories, and a full colour page illustration at the start of every tale, full of charming detail, with plenty of interesting little things for children to spot.
If you're looking for lots of bright colours and racy, bouncy text, then this book isn't for you. This is a quiet book, charming rather than exciting. All the stories have a gentle, self-contained, fairytale quality, making it perfect for bedtime, and a wonderful book to snuggle up to on a cold grey afternoon, or when a child is sick and you want to raise a smile.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great! 9 Mar 2014
By Lucinda Curran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read this book in years, nay, well over a decade, but it just popped into my head.

I love the twists, the humour, the stretching of concepts we talk about in our daily lives.

This is as much a book for adults as it is for children.

The Ahlberg's created many wonderful stories for young children, and this is brilliant example of their work for older children 6+).

I highly recommend this book.
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