Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Jolly Christmas Postman

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator:   Janet Ahlberg 
Novelty Book
For ages 5 to 8
Little Brown, 2001   ISBN: 978-0316127158

The Jolly Postman is on his rounds and it is Christmas Eve so, of course, he has to deliver a large number of letters and parcels to the characters who share his world. Among other things there is a card for Baby Bear from Goldilocks, a board game from the Wolf for Red Riding Hood, and not one, but two, books for The Gingerbread Boy. At each stop the Jolly Postman always takes a little time to talk with, and sometimes snack with, the characters whose homes he visits.

Everywhere he goes the Jolly Postman sees famous and well loved storybook and nursery rhyme characters enjoying the pleasures of the season and, as the day draws to a close, he discovers that he is much appreciated by all the characters who live on his round.

Children will have a wonderful time spotting the characters, opening the letters, and enjoying the presents that the Jolly Postman delivers.

Parents will also enjoy this book  as well, for there is plenty of tongue in cheek word play and clever humor throughout. It is easy to see that the creators of this marvelous book have a deep appreciation for our favorite storybook characters, for not only are they all wonderfully drawn in expert detail, but they are also given lots of depth and character.