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I have long been a fan of Allan Ahlberg and his books have been a part of all my children's childhoods. This is a particular favourite of my daughter's. She 'previously' lost this book and was so upset that I had to order a copy to placate her, even though she has now moved largly on to chapter books. However, as other reviewers have so correctly pointed out, this is a picture book for the slightly older child (as are others by Allan Ahlberg and illustrator Bruce Ingman, "The Runaway Dinner" and "The Pencil"). However, due to the nature of the story, which uses familiar characters, younger children may also enjoy it, even if they do not quite understand the storyline completely.
The basic idea is that the story is told backwards. So, Goldilocks arrives home after leaving the cottage belonging to the three bears and previously to that she had met Jack, who has previously climbed up the beanstalk, etc etc. Other characters include Jack and Jill, the frog prince, Cinderella and the Gingerbread Boy. The book also cleverly rates how people grow, how times change and what came before. It's a beautiful story, a delight to read aloud, with great illustrations and I have used it successfully for a reading group with school age children, as it has a lot to talk about.