Burglar Bill, Paperback
1.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, Burglar Bill.

Burglar Bill is an entertaining picture book by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo!

Perfect as a bedtime story and for children learning to read!

Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that coming through the window? Who's that?...It's Burglar Bill. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Cops and Robbers, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman.

Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg: Kicking a Ball; The Baby's Catalogue; Cops and Robbers; Each Peach Pear Plum; The One and Only Two Heads; Son of a Gun; The Little Worm Book; Two Wheels Two Heads; Funny Bones; A Pair of Sinners; Happy Families; Peepo!;The Ha Ha Bonk Book; Help Your Child to Read; Ten in a Bed; Please Mrs Butler; Daisy Chains; Yum Yum; Playmates; Foldaways; Woof; The Cinderella Show; The Jolly Postman; The Jolly Christmas Postman; The Jolly Pocket Postman; The Clothes Horse and Other Stories; The Mighty Slide; Starting School; Heard it in the Playground; The Bear Nobody Wanted; It was a Dark and Stormy Night; The Giant Baby; Baby Sleeps; Blue Buggy; Doll and Teddy; See the Rabbit; Please Mrs Butler; The Better Brown Stories; and The Boyhood of Burglar Bill.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780140503012



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I remember loving this book as a child, so the story itself must be wonderful from the perspective of a child. However, as an adult, I would NOT want my children reading this book. It glorifies the "profession" of being a thief. Granted both burglar's reform themselves in the end, the rest of the book devotes absolutely no time to actually showing impressionable youth why the two burglars should have reformed. In retrospect, I think I might now have an idea why I was such a kleptomaniac during my first few years of school.

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The story is not half bad and the art was alright but I feel that the story is also unacceptable for a young child to read this. The book shows that there are no real consequences to stealing. Not even an apology is needed in this! Horrible lesson possibility! Even though the burglar changes his way there were no discipline for him in any way. I would not let my young child read this.