Funnybones by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Funnybones by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Ah, just typing those familiar phrases makes me nostalgic about being little. Bedtime stories were never the same again once I’d discovered this tale about two playful skeletons and their skeletal dog. Ever-enamoured with quirky headwear even from infancy, I was especially taken by The Big Skeleton’s rather natty bright red top hat.

Funnybones was first published by Puffin way back when in 1980, but it’s since become a much-loved children’s classic, along with many of the other books by husband-and-wife team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, such as Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman.

The numerous other Funnybones books that followed the first one were also popular, and became the basis for the 90s BBC cartoon series. And in 2007, 700,000 copies of it were given to school-age children as part of the Booktime programme, for which Allan Ahlberg waived his fee. You can read more about that, as well as listen to him reading from the first Funnybones book in this 2007 interview with The Times. Or, you can buy the books for less than £5, from Amazon.

Are their any books from when you were younger that you remember fondly? Were you into The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Malory Towers series or the Choose Your Own Adventure books? Tell us your childhood favourites in the comments, or email us with your suggestions!

Post by Jane Bradley