My Worst Book Ever!


A book about books and all the things that can go wrong when you make one, by the picture book dream team that produced The Pencil and Hooray for Bread.


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Allan Ahlberg


Picture books are such good fun and so is making them – but who knew there were so many things that could go wrong? This is the story of a picture book doomed from the very start. Allan has a good idea for book about a crocodile, but every time he sits down to write he’s interrupted. The manuscript gets soaked in tea and nibbled by snails. And then when Bruce gets started on the pictures, he gets over-excited and draws a hippo not a crocodile. The publishers get over-excited too – they want a dinosaur and experiment with all kinds of different fonts. Allan and Bruce think they’ve straightened things out, but then when the book goes off to the printer – you guessed it – there’s MORE trouble. Pages in French and Chinese get muddled with the English, and somehow Bruce’s hippos and dinosaurs get mixed up with them too.

Additional information

Weight 417 g
Dimensions 20.4 x 22.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 February 2018
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Allan Ahlberg
Dimensions 20.4 x 22.7 cm
Weight 417 g


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Allan Ahlberg is a world-famous children's writer. He has published over 100 books for children, including such award-winning books as Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill, Peepo and The Jolly Postman. He lives in Lewes.Bruce Ingman turned to book illustration after teaching art in several colleges. His first book, When Martha's Away, won the National Art Library Award and the prestigious Mother Goose Award. Ahlberg and Ingman have worked together on a number of hugely successful stories, including Hooray for Bread, The Runaway Dinner and The Pencil.