Author: Allan Ahlberg / Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
The Story: The Jolly Postman is delivering lots of gifts to a whole range of well known fairytale characters.
Why is The Jolly Christmas Postman your favourite Christmas book?
This is always such a lovely book to read to my children, they love seeing what is inside each of the gifts, and I’ve always been such a huge fan of Allan and Janet Ahlberg’s books, the beautiful detail in the illustrations and the sparing lyrical text.
Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from the story and tell us why you chose it.
There’s a beautiful spread of all the characters dancing around the Christmas tree, really sums up the joy of Christmas.
Giles lives in East Sussex with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Elijah and Sonny. His many picture books include The Fearsome Beastie, which has been made into a short film, Tamara Small and The Monsters Ball, Princess Stay Awake and Little Bell and the Moon. His latest book is called ‘Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus’ and in 2018 ‘Things You Never Knew About Dogs’ will be published.
A collection of nonsense poetry ‘There is a Lion in my Bathroom’ came out in 2010 with proceeds going to Leukaemia Research. Giles is a judge on ITV’s Share a Story and also writes a regular book column for Title magazine. Giles is a patron for Action Aid UK and this year he’s written ‘The Story of Hope’, a children’s story based on the experiences of girls who ActionAid works with. The story aims to show how child sponsorship can make a difference to girls in countries affected by conflict. You can watch Anna Maxwell-Martin read The Story of Hope on ActionAid’s website.
Giles on Twitter
Tamara Small and the Monsters Ball was shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize in 2013.
The Fearsome Beastie won The People’s Book Prize in 2012, The Heart Of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013 and Bizziebaby Gold Award.
Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year?
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