The Pet Shop is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers! A dog skeleton is a boring pet so the two skeletons take him off to the - Miaow! - Squeak! - Grunt!- pet shop to swap him for something better. 'There can be few families in the British Isles who do not possess at least one well-thumbed Ahlberg' - Independent on Sunday Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, Mystery Tour, The Ghost Train, The Black Cat, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.
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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-- "In a dark dark town, on a cold cold night, under a starry starry sky . . . a little skeleton is sliding." Originally featured in Funnybones (Greenwillow, 1981), the big skeleton, little skeleton, and their skeleton dog return for a pair of midnight adventures. In The Black Cat , they go sledding. Both skeletons lose a leg ("A white leg in snow is hard to find") and must make a trip to the boneyard to replace the missing part. In The Pet Shop , the skeletons decide to trade in their yappy dog for a quieter pet, but all of their selections prove unsuitable. Not at all scary, these creatures are fully fleshed-out and slightly goofy-looking. Bright colors contrast sharply with a midnight black background, creating a cheerful mood. Cartoonlike layout, repetitive language, and situational humor make these a good choice for beginning readers. --Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library
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Book Description Puffin, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140566821