Under the Table

By Allan Ahlberg

Illustrated by Bruce Ingman

Now here’s another story for you, full of such fun and exciting stuff, you will surely love it...

Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman are back! Hold on tight for a funny and quirky new story set in the same world as their celebrated classics, The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner. One morning, Banjo is helping his dad to wash the car. His little sister Elsie comes running up. "There's an egg in my egg cup!" she yells. "And a great big grey thing ... UNDER THE TABLE!" Brimming over with Allan Ahlberg's idiosyncratic voice, charm and character, and perfectly matched with Bruce Ingman's bold and playful illustrations, Under the Table is an irresistible read-aloud full of surprises ... oh, does Elsie discover such wonderful (and unexpected!) new friends in her lively and happy home!

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529517033
  • Published: 01 Feb 2024
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 215 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'Surreal imagination, warmth and fun. […] Despite its eccentricity, this picture book is full of the recognizable delight of long summer days and family togetherness. As is characteristic, Ahlberg juggles the story and a meta narrative about it, while Ingman’s pictures have a childlike simplicity and exuberance.' Sunday Times

'A new picture book from the great children’s author Allan Ahlberg was a highlight of the year… It is surreal, warm and fun, and Ingman’s pictures have a childlike exuberance.' Children’s books of the year 2023, The Sunday Times

'Few writers understand children's sense of the absurd better than Ahlberg and this madcap story, with funny, detailed illustrations, will be a bedtime classic.' Daily Mail

'Allan Ahlberg is a master of classics.' New Statesman

'Brimming over with Allan Ahlberg’s idiosyncratic voice, charm and character, and perfectly matched with Bruce Ingman’s bold and playful illustrations, Under the Table is an irresistible read-aloud full of surprises.' ACHUKA

'Its illustrations are whimsical and have a very special innocence, its story is charming. The story is an opportunity for the reader to share with anyone they choose the joy of uninhibited fun, and it is very clear that both author and illustrator had great fun creating it. If you want an adventure full of surprises this is the book for you.' Armadillo Magazine

'Brilliantly capturing the wonderful imagination of young children, this author illustrator team, with a full appreciation of children’s predilection for the preposterous, have created what is sure to become a classic.' Books for Keeps

'This new book by Ahlberg and Ingman delivers an enjoyable and fast-paced story which will take readers on a wild and whimsical adventure.' The English Association

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