Please Mrs Butler

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Penguin UK, Mar 6, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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Happy 30th birthday, Please Mrs Butler!

This witty collection of school poems by Allan Ahlberg, re-jacketed for its 30th anniversary and for a whole new generation of school children to fall in love with, is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone. From never-ending projects, reading tests, quarreling, making-up, excuses and 'Please, Sir, it isn't fair.'

Fritz Wegner's line drawings beautifully complement the hilarious and poignant verses.

Please Mrs Butler was voted the most important twentieth-century children's poetry book in a Books for Keeps poll.


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User Review  - mmg020 - LibraryThing

This is a great book to introduce kid friendly poetry that is easy to understand and it is also relatable. It talks about the troubles of a person who wants to "tattle tale" on the butler to fix his problems. This is also great creative way to reinforce that we need to solve our own situations. Read full review

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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning picture books as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Christmas Postman - both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. The Telegraph described him as 'By far our best writer for the young.'

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