By Allan Ahlberg, Etc; Bruce Ingman (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763635428, 1pp.

Publication Date: August 2007


The team behind THE RUNAWAY DINNER reverses direction in this clever pastiche of fairy tales in which everyone lives happily ever . . . before.

"Jack was running like mad in the dark woods with a hen under his arm.
Previously, he had stolen the hen and climbed down a beanstalk."

But do you know what was Jack doing before he climbed down the beanstalk?

Or what Jack and Jill were arguing about before they went up the hill? And what happened before that? Every story, every person, and every thing started somewhere, and now the inventive and whimsical Allan Ahlberg explores what all your favorite storybook characters were up to previously, aided by Bruce Ingman’s energetic illustrations.

About the Author
Allan Ahlberg is best known as the author of several award-winning books illustrated by his late wife, Janet, including "The Jolly Postman," He lives in southern England.
Raymond Briggs is the creator of "The Snowman," He lives in Sussex, England.

Bruce Ingman illustrated for magazines such as British Vogue and Elle and taught at several art colleges before publishing his first children's book. He lives and works in London.