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The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Despite the fact that more people are sending virtual Christmas cards and messages I still like to send real Christmas cards. The Jolly Christmas Postman also has lots to deliver on his snowy Christmas Eve round, the characters in the story are preparing for Christmas and some are already celebrating with sherry and mince pies.

The Story: The Jolly Christmas Postman delivers games, Christmas cards, puzzles, catalogues and books to a variety of fairytale and nursery rhyme characters. His final stop is to deliver the children’s letters to Santa who has a very special letter for the postman and also helps him to get home through the snow.

The story has a rhyming text and there are six envelopes for readers to open. My daughter likes playing Red Riding Hood’s game and doing the jigsaw puzzle for Humpty Dumpty (who receives his post in hospital where he keeps falling out of bed!). Mr Wolf has entered into the Christmas spirit by hosting a party for the three little pigs and the little red hen and I love the amusing wolf spotter’s guide that the postman brings him. The Jolly Postman also receives a lovely present from Santa which reinforces the message that Christmas is the season for giving.

Janet Ahlberg’s wonderfully detailed illustrations are very festive and include presents, mince pies, trees and snow. The seasonal stamps on the envelopes are also lovely to look at. The final double spread is my favourite and shows Santa giving the Jolly Postman a ride home in his sleigh. There are so many fairytale and nursery rhyme characters to look at as they prepare for their Christmas festivities that it takes a while to read the story!

This is a lovely seasonal book to use in the classroom. I have used The Jolly Christmas postman to introduce writing letters to Father Christmas, addressing an envelope and children have made their own Christmas cards. A particularly nice activity is making a Christmas card for your favourite fairytale or nursery rhyme character. We’ve also made a wall map to show the Jolly Postman’s route. The Jolly Christmas Postman would also be a lovely story to re- enact for a school Christmas play.

The Jolly Christmas Postman is a beautifully illustrated, timeless picture book. I love reading it at Christmas, it even inspired us to make our own Red Riding Hood board game!

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Age Range: 4 to 8

Authors: Janet and Allan Ahlberg / Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg


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20 responses to “The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg”


  1. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops avatar

    Oh we love this book, Boo got it in her book advent and we love reading it together!


    1. Catherine avatar

      I love doing the jigsaw and playing the game 🙂


  2. The Reading Residence avatar

    ‘Our elf’ brought this for my kids this year and they absolutely love it, such a beautiful book.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s brilliant isn’t it. The Jolly Christmas Postman is an essential Christmas read here 🙂


  3. Loving life with little ones avatar

    I had this book as a child and my children read it at their Nanny’s house, she has kept the book for years. It is definitely a favourite of ours. #TriedandTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      How lovely that a second generation is enjoying the book 🙂


  4. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely avatar

    I adore this book. It was actually the first one that I bought for my son … before he was even born. I love the little letters and cards tucked up inside. And the illustrations are just beautiful. A real Christmas treat.


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are some lovely surprises in the envelopes, I love Humpty Dumpty’s jigsaw but my favourite is the one pound note in The Jolly Postman, children don’t know what it is any more 🙂


  5. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews avatar

    I didn’t realize the Ahlberg’s had written a Christmas book. I just love all their books. I also still send out all my Christmas cards – I can’t imagine I will ever stop doing that! Have a Merry Christmas Catherine! 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      The Jolly Christmas Postman has just been reprinted but it’s difficult to buy just before Christmas, you need to buy it in the summer when nobody else is thinking about it!
      Merry Christmas to you too Renee and I hope that 2014 is a great year for you 🙂


  6. Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews avatar

    This looks like such a lovely book to read aloud at Christmastime.
    Merry Christmas, and thanks for linking up to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Merry Christmas to you too Katie 🙂


  7. Keitha avatar

    This is such a lovely book. I have it wrapped up with our holiday books to open one at a time and read one a day. Great idea to make a Christmas card for your favorite fairy tale character!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Are you doing a book Advent calendar too? We’re having so much fun with ours 🙂 Thank you for visiting Story Snug.


  8. Kriss MacDonald avatar

    I’m ordering it! I’m sure my kids will be rather enthusiastic about this book and I like how it combines activities and more rather than just another Santa tale.


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are more ‘presents’ in this one than The Jolly Postman – the game is fun 🙂


  9. Stacie Theis avatar

    This sounds like a wonderful book and I have to agree with you, I also mail out traditional Christmas cards. It just feels more personal to me. 🙂
    Happy Holiday!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Happy Holidays to you too. I still need to get cracking on the Christmas cards!


  10. Zoe avatar

    This is being given as a christmas gift in our home this year 🙂 Can’t wait to read it all together.


    1. Catherine avatar

      We like playing the game 🙂