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An inventive, topsy-turvy, back-to-front story of fairytale characters and what they did ... previously. Do you know what Jack was doing before he climbed the beanstalk? Or what Jack and Jill were arguing about before they went up the hill? And what happened before that? And even before that? Find out what all your favourite storybook characters were up to previously - because every story, every person and everything started somewhere!
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Allan Ahlberg has written nearly 140 titles for children, including Everybody was a Baby Once, The Pencil, The Runaway Dinner and such classics as The Jolly Postman series and Peepo. His books have won numerous awards: the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, the Blue Peter Award in 2001 and the Children's Book Award in 2002. Allan lives in Bath with his family. Bruce Ingman's first book, When Martha's Away, was published in 1995 and was honoured with the National Art Library Award. It also won the 1996 Mother Goose Award for the most exciting British newcomer to children's books. Since then, he has made four more picture books, including Bad News, I'm in Charge and Boing!, written by Sean Taylor. He recently illustrated Ronny Rock Starring in a Thousand Tiny Explosions by Merryn Threadgould. He lives in West London. Find him online at and on Twitter as @BruceIngman1.


PreS-Gr 2-This reverse cumulative tale cleverly connects some fairy tales and nursery rhymes. "Goldilocks arrived home all bothered and hot. Previously she had been running like mad in the dark woods. Previously she had been climbing out of somebody else's window." Previously, she had bumped into Jack who "was running like mad in the dark woods with a hen under his arm." Cinderella was "bumped into by-The Gingerbread Boy" and his whole group of followers. The ingenuous acrylic paintings mirror the turnabouts artfully so that, for example, Jack appears four times on the same spread: falling down a hill with Jill, playing soccer, talking with his mother, and exchanging a cow for some beans. The jazzy, colorful pictures display substantive variety: silhouetted figures dance at Cinderella's ball; she previously runs through trees that rise out of Impressionist-like blue-dotted ground; the prince who danced with Cinderella changes into a frog; his head visibly transforms in a series of views atop his normal head. Read this book aloud so that youngsters can chime in and shout the word "previously" 29 times. Children will delight in this energetic, amusing, and very approachable tale.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Previously lends itself to creative storytelling and the book is bound to find favour with teachers. * The Bookseller * Featured/recommended * The Orange Room blog *

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