Winning Year: 1991
Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
Title: The Jolly Christmas Postman

Original Publisher: Heinemann
Current Publisher: Puffin
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670886272
In Print

This wonderfully inventive and highly interactive book gives children a chance to read letters sent from one fairy tale character to another. There's a card for baby bear, a get well jigsaw for hospitalized Humpty Dumpty and four more surprise envelopes containing letters and cards.

Visual Literacy Pack (PDF)

christmas cards


Janet Ahlberg was born in 1944 and spent her childhood years in Leicester. She went to Sunderland to train to be a teacher. Allan Ahlberg had enrolled on the same course.

They married in 1969. Janet decided against teaching as a career and turned instead to graphic design. While Allan worked full time as a teacher, Janet's first work was published. She began urging Allan to write a text for her to illustrate. Hard though it is to believe, their submissions to publishers were met with rejection slips. Then, in one week, Penguin took The Old Joke Book, A & C Black took The Vanishment of Thomas Tull and Heinemann took Burglar Bill. The Ahlbergs had arrived and there would be no looking back.

By the 1980s, the Ahlbergs were big news, not just in Britain but all around the world. Their books were translated into twenty-one languages.

Sadly Janet died prematurely in 1994 and Allan who now lives in London has continued to work, recently producing his beautiful tribute to her, JANET'S LAST BOOK, and continues to create wonderful books for children of all ages.


Guisborough Library Reading Club


it is very funny and enjoyable for youngsters because it is quite like a touchy-feely as it is a book that you take things out of.

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