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Everybody Was a Baby Once


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Allan Ahlberg is one of the most popular children's authors writing today. His titles for Walker Books include The Runaway Dinner (9781406305494), The Pencil (9781406319552) and Previously (9781844280629), and the Gaskitts series. His other much loved titles include Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo! and The Jolly Postman, which, with its sequels, has sold over five million copies worldwide. Allan lives in Bath. Bruce Ingman won the 1996 Mother Goose Award for best newcomer to children's picture books for When Martha's Away (also winner of the 1996 National Art Library Illustration Awards). He is also the author-illustrator of Bad News, I'm in Charge! (9781844284566). He has collaborated with Allan Ahlberg on the bestselling picture books The Pencil, The Runaway Dinner and Previously. He lives in London.


From the creators of The Pencil, these 19 poems cover whimsical territory and feature kids, angels, sausages, and monsters, rendered in kinetic, childlike sketches. A few poems strike nostalgic, melancholy notes ("We are the old dolls/ Losing our hair/ Hats and dresses/ The worse for wear"), but most are upbeat, with gently jazzy rhythms, like the title poem: "Everybody was a baby once/ Everybody was a baby once/ Everybody went to beddy/ With a little furry teddy." The Lilliputian cast and memorable verse could make this a dog-eared favorite. Ages 2-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Brilliant collection of poems * Junior Magazine *
A vibrant, rhyming romp that celebrates the joy of being a child. It is beautifully packaged. * The Bookseller *
The charming illustrations make these first steps towards understanding the science of motion irresistible. * Irish Post *
funny, wistful, remarkable... a book that you will still read to children in 200 years * ABC Magazine *
a delightfully illustrated and whimsical read. * Junior *
These poems are full of infectious, song-like qualities, and they will provide young readers and listeners with access to archetypal characters in humorous and often quirky contexts. * The Irish Times *

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