Peepo! (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 31 Mar 1983
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Another classic from Janet & Allan Ahlberg, PeePo! was first published in 1981 and has delighted parents and toddles ever since. Peepo! has so many elements guaranteed to appeal to young children - rhyme, repetition and the inclusion of every day objectives. The story not only centres on the day and life of a little baby, but also allows us to really see things through his eyes--with a circle cut out of the pages allowing both the storybook baby and young readers to "peek" through to life on the next page.
Peepo! is set in the 1940s, giving us a nostalgic look at a time gone by--complete with tin baths, coal sheds and hot porridge. The family life described is happy, warm and loving. The illustration style is suitably 1940's and also very full. The verse often refers to objects hidden deep within the illustration which children will love seeking out. (Ages 1 to 5 years.) --Victoria MacKenzie
About the Author
Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.
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Open each new page and follow the day through the eyes of a little baby/young toddler, from the moment he wakes to last thing at night, asking "What does he see?" All the while the little baby is having a wonderful time. Does he mind that his house is in a mess? Does he care that his parents haven't got the latest designer trappings? No! He just seems to be concerned about what his family are up to and the whereabouts of his teddy and his ball!
The historic backdrop of WWII makes this book an interesting read for the older child - and what a great way for grandparents and greatgrandparents who were young themselves during this period of history to share their memories with their grandchildren today. Look at the pages carefully, and you will spot gas masks, men in RAF and army uniforms, a Winston Churchill photo pasted to the parlour wall, a bomb damaged house, a barrage balloon and aeroplanes high in the skies above baby who blissfully unaware sits on a rug chewing his teddy's arm. Most heart wrenching of all, baby's daddy bathing him and then kissing him goodnight, dad dressed in his army uniform ready to leave and to face goodness only knows what. Most children will no doubt miss many of these subtleties (I showed a girlfriend of mine who had been brought up with this book in the home and had never noticed the WWII background!Read more ›
If this is not already in your children's collection then buy it(you might need a spare as they really will read it to death!)
Firstly, the original and imaginative layout of the story gives you a sense of anticipation and a view of the world from the baby boy's viewpoint. It achieves this by showing the baby boy at various stages of the day and then partially revealing an illustration, depicted from his viewpoint, of what he can see via a page with a circular hole which gradually reveals his world with the word "Peepo".
Secondly, this book gives you a fascinating portrayal of life during the 40's, as the baby boy's world is set during the 2nd world war and his home houses 3 generations who live in cramped conditions, yet the baby is shown nothing but love by his family.
Thirdly, this book has repetition and rhyme that give children a comforting sense of familiarity. The rhythms of the words make them pleasing to the ears.
Fourthly, Peepo is a great bedtime read, mentally preparing your child for sleep as the book gently concludes with the baby boy in his cot, himself ready for sleep.
Fifthly, the detail in the illustrations is enchanting, almost every time I've read it I've been able to pick out additional details, and this layering of information makes the book versatile in its appeal to a broader range of age groups, as your child is able to pick out as much visual detail as they like or they can simply enjoy the rhymes.
Finally, this book is quite poignant and bittersweet, for it depicts the stiff upper lip of the English. Strength in adversity and solidarity through hard times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves this. We read it time and time again and he never tires if it. It is well written and has lovely illustrations. Really sweet little book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Daryl and Ruth
Best book ever. My favourite - always buy as part of gift for new babies.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
My 18 month old daughter is nuts about this and is also asking for 'Peephoo'. It's really well written and rhymed, kids love the repetition, and the illustrations are great - as... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Charliebird
I love reading this book to my 13 month year old and he loves listening to it and pointing out the pictures. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Marc
Only slight gripe was a sticker on the back that was hard to remove, a shame as this was a gift. Otherwise good conditionPublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I remenber this book from my childhood so i bought it for my daughter and she loves it. The board book version is great as its robust so she can't tear the pages and for a second... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss G A Neal