Author(s): Allan Ahlberg
One morning shortly before Christmas, Mr. Gaskitt, a slim young father, dresses in all the clothes he owns--but why?--and leaves for work, while Mrs. Gaskitt, a taxi driver, has the misfortune of picking up a passenger whoÃ¢Â�Â�s just robbed a bank. In school, the Gaskitt twins get into hot water with a substitute teacher, and Horace the cat has gone to a friendÃ¢Â�Â�s house to watch TV. What could possibly happen next to the Gaskitts In the latest book by the award-winning Allan Ahlberg, illustrator Katharine McEwen has created bright, funny artwork that perfectly complements a keep-you-on-your-toes day in the life of the Gaskitt family. Acclaimed storyteller Allan Ahlberg introduces a funky new family and their hilarious exploits.
Shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Award (Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud) 2002 and Blue Peter Children's Book Awards: The Best Book to Read Out Aloud 2002.
"* "I can't wait for the next Gaskitt story!" Literacy and Learning. [Now you don't have to! The second title, The Woman Who Won Things, also out this month!] * "The first in a series about the Gaskitts, who must surely be destined for greatness." The Sunday Times * "Huge fun and ideal for early readers." The Independent on Sunday * "This book is a joy, made the more so by McEwen's bright, clear, funny and touching pictures, which capture perfectly the Ahlberg humour. Every page is a triumph, text and illustration in partnership drawing the reader on through this romp of a story, which shimmers with life and laughter. Long live the Gaskitts." TES Primary * "A delight from beginning to end. The pictures are outstanding and mark the advent of a really inspired illustrator." The Financial Times
Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books, particularly in partnership with his wife Janet, who died in 1994. Among his numerous classic picture books are The Jolly Postman books: Burglar Bill; Peepo! and Each Peach Pear Plum. Allan's other books for Walker include the Red Nose Readers; The Mysteries of Zigomar; Monkey Do!; Mockingbird; The Bravest Ever Bear; The Snail House; Treasure Hunt and the second in the series about the Gaskitt family, The Woman Who Won Things. Katharine McEwen is the illustrator of the picture book Cows in the Kitchen, several titles in the Walker Brand New Readers series; the Read Me series; and four Sam's Science books.