Allan Ahlberg Cops and Robbers on VimeoThis is a new Puffin edition of Allan Ahlberg's best-selling Cops and Robbers classic picture book, with a brand new cover! The robbers of London town plan a desperate crime one Christmas Eve - to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave office Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains - all except Grandma Swagg who manages to get away. Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Sussex. Stories, ideas and giveaways to help you spark young imaginations.
Cops and Robbers
A favourite sub-genre of Christmas tales for children is the festive robbery story. But where Bill and his squeeze Burglar Betty find redemption through love and return their presents, this tale has a whole gang of Ealing style robbers, with names like Grabber Dan, Billy-the-Bag and best of all crime Queenpin, Grandma Swagg. Pugh single handedly rounds up the gang in his underwear locking them up beneath the station, before being hoisted on to his colleagues shoulders at a joyous Christmas party. The details here are fantastic, including a bizarre map of the UK, the spare helmet shelf and a quick trip to the gents. Christmas is back on, but lock your doors, Grandma Swag is still on the loose. This is a fabulous favourite — and a brilliantly clever theme for Christmas too, I never would have thought of it. Like Like.
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While he may be celebrating operational success on Christmas Day, the New Year is more than likely to see Officer Pugh confronting assault charges. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read., Join our email newsletter to receive free updates!