The Jolly Postman – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This is my first Children’s book feature. I bought ‘The Jolly Postman or other people’s letters’ a while ago online while looking for presents for my god-daughter and her twin. I think I vaguely bought it for my little sisters and brother, but ever since I saw it after my exams it’s been hidden by my bed for fear they would wreck it. Also: I adore it and want to keep it. I read it with Ellen a few weeks ago, and today I am babysitting as my parents are away to Belfast for my brother’s graduation (He is the first to graduate, the second child of the house… mine is on Friday!) so I distracted Jacob with it for a while. It was published first in 1986, yet it’s still funny and clever and possibly the best children’s book I have come across! He really loved opening other people’s letters!

Amazon says:

Over 5 million copies of POSTMAN titles sold. The Jolly Postman delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor’s letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and so on. There are six envelopes in the book, each containing letters, cards, etc.

Real letters to open! Fairy tale characters! I was in heaven. I really loved and recommend this surprising, charming and downright exciting book.

‘The Occupier’ of the Gingerbread cottage (The Witch) is sent advertisements for witchy things like Deadly Lampshades and Big Brooms (For the larger witch!)
Wow! ‘Cinderella’ was written as a wedding present to commemorate her marriage. It’s a bit Will and Kate-esque, and it was written in 1986. Cute.
Cinderella and Prince just back from honeymoon, she’s looking happy and plump, (Maybe she’s preggers?!) and check out the Prince’s Hawaiian shirt and the unpacked wedding pressies. Love it.
Also loved this one – Baby Bear gets invited to Goldilocks’ party on the first page, and at the end the Postman brings Goldilocks this card to her party and it has a one pound note in it ! So clever.

Then I showed him the necklace Aisling got me for my birthday – a postbox pendant! And he insisted I put it on.

Author: Fiona @ lifelyricslemoncake

One thought on “The Jolly Postman – Janet and Allan Ahlberg”

  1. I LOVED this book when I was wee!!! I forgot all about it, thank you for reminding me. I was always so careful opening the letters and making sure they all went back in the right place. Aww im filled with nostalgia right now, must search the house for it to pass on to future generations.

    Another lovely post m’dear, Jacob is such a wee babe too!

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