In a mix of prose and verse, supported by documents, drawings and
old photographs, The Bucket retrieves a childhood which
lovers of the Ahlbergs' classic picture book Peepo! might feel they
have glimpsed before but which is now exquisitely brought to
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.
A beguiling little gem -- Valerie Grove * The Times *
A beautiful book. What is evoked is a wartime world in the Black Country ... all perfectly seen as if from a child's perspective -- Roger Lewis * Daily Mail *
A magical memoir that pulls the reader back to their own youthful experiences, beautifully adorned with illustrations -- Jenny Barlow * Daily Express *