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Everything in Burglar Bill's life is stolen, from the toast, marmalade and coffee he has for breakfast to the bed he sleeps in. One night when he is out burgling, he comes across a box with holes in the lid on a doorstep. He picks it up of course and when he gets home he discovers, to his horror, that he has stolen a baby. He and the baby muddle along together until one night he is disturbed by a burglar - Burglar Betty. She is the mother of Burglar Bill's baby. Bill and Betty decide to reform and live honest lives; they return all the stolen goods, get married and live happily ever after!
About the Authors
Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Christmas Postman both winners of Greenaway Medals, and The Baby's Catalogue, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.
Bill is a benign sort of burglar, stealing only what he uses - a toothbrush here, a can of beans there, the fish and chips and tea he has every night for supper. Then Bill takes home a big brown box with little holes in it, and finds that he's stuck with a baby. But - this being one of those disingenuous British bits of whimsy - that very night Bill is burgled by the baby's mother, Burglar Betty (a red-haired, high-heeled "widow lady"), and before you can say "snitch" the three are a family, with Bill and Betty returning all their loot and Bill going to work in a bakery. With Janet Ahlberg's off-hand visual jokes, it's a mildly amusing diversion of its funny-paper kind. (Kirkus Reviews)
ISBN: 9780140503012 ISBN-10: 0140503013 Series: Picture Puffins Ser. Audience:
For Ages: 2 - 4 years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 32 Published: 30th September 1999 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 20.5
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1