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The Ha Ha Bonk Book by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg
  

The Ha Ha Bonk Book

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The Ha Ha Bonk Book by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg

The Ha Ha Bonk Book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is jam-packed with brilliant jokes! This Young Puffin joke book is full of good jokes to tell your dad, mum, your baby brother, your teacher and anybody else you can think of, such as: What goes ha ha bonk? A man laughing his head off. and What goes 99 bonk? A centipede with a wooden leg and What goes putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt? A bad golfer and lots more besides...Allan Ahlberg - a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and gravedigger - is in the super-league of children's writers with sales exceeding 17 million and library borrowings of 13 million. In collaboration with his late wife, Janet, he has published many enduring titles, among them Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo!, Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman. In addition he has written novels, collections of stories, sets of easy-readers and joke books.

About the Author

The Story of Janet and Allan Ahlberg...

Allan Ahlberg was born in Croydon in 1938, but grew up in Oldbury, near Birmingham. From the age of twelve, his dream was to be a writer. Before he fulfilled his ambition, he tried his hand at a variety of other jobs including postman, grave digger, plumber's mate and teacher.

Janet Hall 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. In 1978, Janet's artwork for Each Peach Pear Plum won her the Kate Greenaway Medal. The following year there were celebrations for an altogether different reason -- the Ahlbergs' daughter, Jessica, was born.

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 - from Catalan to Finnish; from Hebrew to Japanese. But it was The Jolly Postman, published in 1986, that brought Janet and Allan their greatest success. The book was five years in the making but the effort paid off with awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, and sales of over five Million copies worldwide for The Jolly Postman and its successors, The Jolly Christmas Postman and The Jolly Pocket Postman.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th March 1982

Author

Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg

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Publisher

Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
96 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Categories

True stories (Children's / Teenage)
Humour & jokes (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780140314120

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