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The Baby’s Catalogue, written and illustrated by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The Baby's Catalogue by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

My youngest daughter adores dolls. I mean really, she adores dolls! Each one has a name (mainly Annabel) and each one gets bathed (in the real bath) every day. They have their own little outfits, they sit at the dinner table with us and they’ve even sat next to us when we baked cakes. In fact Florence’s dolls are her babies.

I’ve noticed recently that the books she chooses also have babies in them. So when she spotted The Baby’s Catalogue recently in the bookshop I knew I had to get it for her. This book is a dream for Florence.


The Baby’s Catalogue written and illustrated by the hugely creative couple Janet & Allan Ahlberg is a picture book which shares the lives of five families and their babies. It lays out easily recognizable items such as breakfasts, toys, prams, games, shopping items and teapots in a similar way to a catalogue. With this layout the book invites you to play the game of ‘Which one would you want?’ A game which Florence loves to play with me. It’s a charming book which deserves a place on every family’s bookshelf. The illustrations are true to Ahlberg’s intricate style creating a nostalgic feel.
This is a gem of a book. Great for children aged in the 18 months – 4 years range. Available from Amazon (UK and US).

– Vanessa


Comments (4)

September 17, 2015

This has ALWAYS been my favorite even when I was a baby. Their books hold such special memories for me – and if you want to sob your heart out – read ‘Janet’s last book’…. Their daughter Jessica now illustrates with her father. So so beautiful.

September 18, 2015

Gorgeous! Love Janet and Allen Ahlberg’s illustrations – they are just so delightful and sweet.

September 20, 2015

I was exactly the same as a little girl; loved dolls and babies! I also really enjoyed this book, particularly looking at the different styles of prams, swings etc!

September 22, 2015

I absolutely love this! Definitely a great way to teach children the different ways people do things, and the different things that people use and do. Thank you for sharing this!

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