46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2004
As a boy I could not get enough of this book. I still can't. The pictures are great, the characters are instantly understood and the simple rhyme commits to memory in seconds. What little boy would not want to be Officer Pugh saving the kids toys on Christmas eve? Although I definitely have a soft spot for Peg-Leg Horace, and the picture of him handcuffed round a tree.
As an adult I still talk to my Dad about this book and how much I enjoyed it when we read it together when I was little. And now as a dad-to-be, imagine then how happy I was when I received a new copy from my parents to read to my child when he or she is old enough (although I think it may have been sent for me rather than the baby)! It is solid gold and a must for any parent to get their kids reading and more importantly to enjoy it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2006
The rhyming narrative and the timeless, larger than life characters placed in a story that appeals to every child makes this book one of the greatest children's picture books of all time.
The image of a gang of robbers attempting to ruin Christmas being thwarted by the work of Officer Pugh is both funny and intriguing and will keep your child hooked to the end.
Once bought never forgotten (this is probably the only book i properly remember from my childhood) this is a book you'll be forced to read time and time again to your children but won't mind doing so.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2003
This is a quite wonderful children's book, introducing children to an important theme (good v evil) in an amusing & interesting way. The melodic nature of the verse and the exciting conclusion have led my five year old son to learn it off by heart teaching him many new words in the process, but alongside the educational benefits it is a story every parent will enjoy to read, secure in the knowledge that you will have the undivided attention of your audience. PS Grandma Swagg is still at large, it's not too late for a sequel.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2002
I remember having this book read to me as a child, and that surely speaks volumes, now i'm in my thirties. I now have a nephew who is keen to hear tales and stories from around the world, and this book is a favourite. The charming pattern of the writing is a real joy. And as a reader, almost forms a melodic rhythm as you work your way through the pages. The characters are larger than life, especially "Peg leg Horace, Fingers Maurice and the Villainous Grandma Swag". Children become caught up in the flow, and are desperate for the pages to turn. It really is a lovely book, and i'm sure there is a young boy i know, who will be reading it to his children, when he's older.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 1999
Having recalled this book with my 21 year old son he can relate to me the entire script and the characterisation I lent to the book.
It is an excellent opportunity for those cherished moments of a parent-child relationship that can be remembered forever and passed down through generation to generation. That in itself surely is testimony of a great book having been remembered by a child (son) and later discussed in great detail with cherished memories. Certainly people should recognise this books as a classic, simliar to A.N Mill's Winnie the Pooh.
Television is seen as one of the greatest mediums of this century, but surely this book proves that nothing can be better than the intimacy of a parent reading to a child. The proof of that moment is the child's recollection of those memories in later life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2006
The rhyming narrative and the timeless, larger than life characters placed in a story that appeals to every child makes this book one of the greatest children's picture books of all time. The image of a gang of robbers attempting to ruin Christmas being thwarted by the work of Officer Pugh is both funny and intriguing and will keep your child hooked to the end.
Once bought never forgotten (this is probably the only book i properly remember from my childhood) this is a book you'll be forced to read time and time again to your children but won't mind doing so!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cops and Robbers tells us the story of 2 very different sets of people who live in London town. Firstly, we meet the cops, who include the rather fantastic Officer Pugh, who is the best police officer of them all, and is able to fend off all kinds of burglars by himself! Then, there are the awful robbers, all pretty awful in their own way, but especially Grandma Swagg, tut tut! The police officers are of course dressed smartly in their uniforms, and the burglars in their stripey outfits with bandanas over their eyes, but all is about to kick off one Christmas Eve nightwith the officers and burglars... who will come out as the victors?!
Firstly, I've got to say that once you read this book, you'll fall in love with it. Janet and Allan Ahlberg are an amazing writing duo, and it's no surprise that the books they wrotes decades ago (this book is an amazing 34 years old) are still as successful, still in print and still among some of the most popular children's books on library lists. Allan Ahlberg was responsible for the words in their books, with his wife Janet illustrating them, and while the words are fantastic, for me it is the illustrations in this book which really bring it to life and make it so readable. The illustrations are so bright and colourful, some taking up full pages, others fitting in around the text and it works perfectly, they complement the words exactly, and children love to look at them. The detail in these images, particularly the full page ones are outstanding.
The fun thing about this text is that it is rhyming throughout the book, and has a great rhythm as you read it aloud. Due to the way it's written, it is somehow so easy to memorise and you'll find yourself reeling off passages of the book without really needing to put much effort into remembering it. Everything from the words to the characters are perfectly chosen to fit into the rhyme and rhythm scheme of the writing, and it takes a talent to make this all work together to create not only the rhyme and rhythm throughout the whole book, but to make it work as a story too. Harry loved that the burglars were being naughty near Christmas, stealing the children's toys and then getting their comeuppance, and its a good moralistic story for children, as well as delivering a few laugh courtesy of Officer Pugh in his underpants!
Personally, I feel this book works best as one to be read aloud to children rather than them reading to you, as they may not pick up on the rhythm and consequently it may not flow as it is supposed to. Harry loves listening to the rhyme, something he picked up straight away, and as an adult you can have plenty of fun with the words and rhythm, bouncing your voice around as you read. This is an absolutely delightful book that will be enjoyed by children of all ages due to the lovely rhyming story and beautiful illustrations. I can see why it is still being printed 34 years after it was written, because it's a timeless classic that can be enjoyed over and over again, with the bonus of children being able to join once they've learnt some of the rhyming lines, and of course the fab line "Ho ho for the robbers, the cops and the robbers, ho ho!". Highly recommended by Harry and I, we love it and I know we'll enjoy it for years to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic picture book that I was determined to read to my own son, the Ahlberg's books should be a part of every childhood. With their nostalgic little towns, stripy-clothed crooks and upstanding police officers, they are wonderful stories to share.
Officer Pugh takes on a rascally band of rapscallions as they plan to - shock horror! - steal all the toys on Christmas Eve!!! In glorious rhyming verse he valiantly outmanoeuvres, throws punches, loses his trousers and makes it back to the station with them all in the clink... Or nearly all...
The rhymes are wonderful, the goings-on delightfully old-fashioned (the robbers knock off his hat and rumple his tie!), and the illustrations are superb. A great bunch of robbers, a sweet little town and police station. And a wonderful climax and epilogue as my son loudly showed me the missing robber on a crowded page looking at her own Wanted poster.
Just perfect. Lovely to read aloud, sure to be enjoyed by any 3-6 year old.
on 8 April 2011
When we first ordered this book it was because we'd just started playing with the idea of cops and robbers and stuff.
Within a couple of readings it proved to be a hit. There are phrases in there that are bound to be repeated and read along with, like "allo allo allo, what's going on here then?" and "we're just having a robbery my dear". hearing the kids say it with so much enthusiasm is just brilliant and so utterly cute.
"HO HO for the Robbers, the Cops and the Robbers HO HO"
Our children are 3 and 18 months and they both LOVE it.
If you buy it you must must read it loud and with enthusiasm in your voice, the kids will love it!