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Janet Ahlberg (1944–1994)

Author of Each Peach Pear Plum

48+ Works 11,609 Members 191 Reviews 3 Favorited

About the Author

Janet Ahlberg was born in Huddersfield, England in 1944 and brought up in Leicester. Originally trained as a teacher in Sunderland from 1963 to 1966, Ahlberg was encouraged to paint and draw. She decided that keeping charge of a class was very hard work so she decided to develop her artistic show more ability and went to study graphic design at Leicester Polytechnic for three years. She met and married Allan Ahlberg and began to illustrate books for children, first with Night published in 1972, and then with The Brick Street Boys series, written by her husband. Since then, she and Allan Ahlberg have worked together successfully. Another series, also written by Allan Ahlberg, is Happy Families, published by Puffin Books. In 1978, Ahlberg was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Each Peach, Pear, Plum. Ahlberg is a two time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal having won again in 1991for The Jolly Christmas Postman. She was awarded the Kurt Maschler Awards in 1986 for The Jolly Postman: or Other People's Letters, whoch sold over a million copies worlwide. Sadly Janet Ahlberg died in 1994 at the age of 50 after suffering from cancer (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Image credit: With husband Allan and daughter Jessica (1989)

Series

Works by Janet Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum (1978) 3,650 copies, 61 reviews
The Jolly Postman, or, Other People's Letters (1986) 2,514 copies, 49 reviews
The Jolly Christmas Postman (1991) 1,091 copies, 13 reviews
Peepo! (1981) 980 copies, 11 reviews
Funnybones (1980) 602 copies, 6 reviews
The Jolly Pocket Postman (1995) 440 copies, 7 reviews
The Baby's Catalogue (1982) 312 copies, 4 reviews
Burglar Bill (1977) 295 copies, 7 reviews
Starting School (1988) 273 copies, 5 reviews
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (1993) 259 copies, 1 review
The Ha Ha Bonk Book (1982) 178 copies, 2 reviews
Cops and Robbers (1973) 166 copies, 1 review
The Bear Nobody Wanted (1992) 147 copies, 3 reviews
Jeremiah in the Dark Woods (1977) 142 copies, 5 reviews
Bye Bye Baby (1989) 119 copies, 1 review
The Worm Book (1979) 93 copies, 5 reviews
The Clothes Horse and Other Stories (1987) 58 copies, 2 reviews
The Jolly Postman Postcard Collection (1994) 41 copies, 1 review
The Vanishment of Thomas Tull (1977) 36 copies, 1 review
The Baby's Catalogue: See the Rabbit (1998) 28 copies, 1 review
The Old Joke Book (1976) 26 copies, 1 review
Son of a Gun (1979) 25 copies, 1 review
The Baby's Catalogue: Doll and Teddy (1982) 24 copies, 1 review
The Cinderella Show (1986) 10 copies
Night (1972) 9 copies
Playmates (Slot Book) (1984) 9 copies, 1 review
Yum Yum (1984) 6 copies
Prune Peche Poire Prune (1989) 2 copies
Each Peach Pear Plum (Video) — Author — 2 copies
Making Music (Starters) (1973) 2 copies
Two Wheels Two Heads (1979) 1 copy
Which Witch? (1983) 1 copy, 1 review
La Famille Petitplats (2003) 1 copy
BANGDITI! 1 copy
De puike pakket post (1992) 1 copy

Associated Works

Mrs. Wobble the Waitress (1980) — Illustrator — 140 copies, 3 reviews
Mr. Biff the Boxer (1980) — Illustrator — 109 copies
The Night Train (Penguin Children's 60s) (1996) — Cover illustration, some editions — 35 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, June 1978 — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Other names
Hall, Janet (birth name)
Birthdate
1944-10-21
Date of death
1994-11-15
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Yorkshire, England, UK
Place of death
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Cause of death
cancer (breast)
Places of residence
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Education
Sunderland Technical College
Occupations
Book Illustrator
Relationships
Ahlberg, Allan (husband)
Ahlberg, Jessica (daughter)
Awards and honors
Kate Greenaway Medal (1978)
Short biography
Janet Ahlberg (1944-1994) was a British children's book illustrator, and the co-creator, together with her husband Allan Ahlberg, of the best-selling Jolly Postman series. Born as Janet Hall in Yorkshire in 1944, she studied at Sunderland Technical College, where she met Ahlberg. The two married in 1969, and began to work together, publishing their first co-venture - The Old Joke Book - in 1976. She won the 1978 Kate Greenaway Medal from the British Library Association - an award recognizing the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject - for Each Peach Pear Plum.

Janet Ahlberg died of breast cancer in 1994, at the age of fifty, having produced many beloved and bestselling books. Her daughter with Allan Ahlberg - Jessica Ahlberg - is also a children's book creator.

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Humorous children's book about traps for worms in Name that Book (September 2015)

Reviews

Rated "Indifferent" in our old book database by Rod and Adelia
 
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MamaBearLendingDen | 60 other reviews | Dec 8, 2023 |
Genre
Classics
Hidden-picture books
Picture books for children
Stories in rhyme
Subject
Characters and characteristics in fairy tales
Pies
 
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kmgerbig | 60 other reviews | Apr 27, 2023 |
Genre
Classics
Hidden-picture books
Picture books for children
Stories in rhyme
Subject
Characters and characteristics in fairy tales
Pies
 
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kmgerbig | 60 other reviews | Mar 18, 2023 |

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Statistics

Works
48
Also by
4
Members
11,609
Popularity
#2,026
Rating
4.2
Reviews
191
ISBNs
334
Languages
17
Favorited
3

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