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4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  3,459 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Here's a little baby one, two three standing in his cot. What does he see? This title is suitable for babies and toddlers.
Published January 1st 2002 by Penguin Putnam (first published October 19th 1981)
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A beautiful book for little ones, with piles of 1940s detail to discuss in the pictures. A word of warning, though: because I'm a bit dense, it took me a few goes to realise that the baby's father was not in fact in the Home Guard or the like, but actually on his last day of leave from the War (you see him gradually getting dressed in his army uniform over the course of the book). I now have a bit of trouble getting through the last pages without becoming teary...
Stephen Barry
Sep 12, 2011 Stephen Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peepo is a picture book told from the perspective of a baby boy. He seems to be at the age of around 9/10 months old. Just around the age where he is able to sit up himself and is beginning to notice different and fascinating things around him. Things that perhaps the older children and adults are not noticing as they are so busy doing different things. For example,

"He sees a bonfire smoking,
pigeons in the sky,
His mother cleaning windows,
A dog going by".

So while his Mother is concentrating har
5* art
5* story/poem/concept

The perfect marriage of writing and illustrating. Absolutely love the details, which are so true to life (the baby watches the tassels on his Grandma's shawl waving in the breeze).

You were right, Overbylass. We love it.
Oct 05, 2008 A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Published 1997, copyright 1981, Viking, The Penguin Group, isbn 0670871923

A delightful and interactive peek-a-boo book for babies and young children. The book also hides a deeper message about family love in wartime England.

While the Booklist review on the back of this book recommends it as a first book for babies, it is interesting enough on different levels that it can grow with your child until he or she is an early reader. The most obvious interactive feature that would appeal to
Nazia Ahmed
Apr 30, 2012 Nazia Ahmed rated it it was amazing
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This story is set a few decades ago. As an adult, I enjoyed looking at the contrast in modern and post-World War settings in the family home in Britain. I love the way this book shows family unity. Most young children will be able to relate to a character, or relate a family member to a character the book has portrayed.

Peepo is a fabulous picture book, which is told through the perspective of a baby boy (approx age of baby is 10 months). The baby is watching what is going on around him. The boo
Tahmin Nessa
Oct 10, 2011 Tahmin Nessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janet and Allan Ahlberg's story Peepo is based on the perspective of a baby boy. Throughout the day and the story, the baby is watching what is going on around him, for example his dad sleeping, mum cooking, grandma putting out clothes and so on.

This book contains a hole in the middle of the page so the audience can only see a small part of what the boy is seeing until we turn the page. Therefore this is great for story time amongst the Early Years and Key Stage One as it promotes children to gu
Jan 21, 2013 Rachael_rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great picture book for Early Years Foundation Stage, giving teacher's the opportunity to introduce the early Historical concept of old and new. Reading this with a class and pointing to the old furniture, clothes and food and asking 'Do we think these are items from this time, or the past?'. I used this book with my year 1 phonics/reading group last year and they loved it. One child even managed to guess that the picture of Winston Churchill hanging on the wall was 'an important man fr ...more
Hassan Ali
Book Review 5 - Peek-a-Boo – Janet and Alan Ahlberg.

All children from nursery to key stage one will be able to happily read this book or have it read to them by a parent/guardian. The book starts off by showing a picture of a toddler in her crib and has rhyming lines to set the tone of the book and create a jolly mood for the reader. The toddler or baby looks out from his cot, chair, pushchair etc. There are holes cut out in the book to show beautiful watercolour images and the text provides mu
May 12, 2012 Amal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peepo is a book about a baby who is very observant of his surroundings, he picks out specific details of what he sees and encounters in his daily life. The book has some interesting illustrations, it also has a circle cut out on every other page of the book were the baby peeks through. If you look carefully at the illustrations of this book, you can pick the WWII theme, which gives the book a time and setting.

Upper KS2 children may use this book during their topic lessons on WWII, they may want
Jan 03, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All toddlers, their mummies and daddies
This has been a firm favourite since my oldest child was a baby and we own a well loved copy.

The book is from the perspective of a little baby boy and will appeal to babies due to the asthetics of the book, with the cut out hole to the next page - perfect for chubby little hands to hold, through to older children and adults, as when you turn the page the fantastic illustrations depict WW2 scenes of family life.

The book is written in gentle rhyme which we all know by heart and Janet Ahlberg's ill
Jun 04, 2013 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the library last week because I like the Ahlbergs (I loved The Jolly Postman as a kid, and discovered Each Peach Pear Plum just before having my own kids) and thought my youngest would enjoy it. She did (as did the other two), but what made the book most interesting for me was the 1950's era illustrations, reminding me of the show Call the Midwife, which I've recently become hooked on. I checked the copyright (1981), so this was definitely done in a purposefully historical st ...more
This is such a fun little book! I love the "peek through" pages where you get a glimpse of what is going on with the baby's family in another part of their house/yard. Super cute illustrations are full of detail but not too "busy" for little ones.
Jun 21, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My children adore this book.A joy to read from start to finish.
Tasmin Lamb
Sep 29, 2016 Tasmin Lamb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a delight to read as it brought back many memories from my childhood. I love Janet & Allan Ahlberg's stories- they are engaging and fun!
Saira Taylor
Sep 02, 2014 Saira Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This book has been dear to me ever since it was bought as a Christmas present back in 1989. Written by the successful duo Janet and Allan Ahlberg, it’s most definitely a heartfelt and mesmerising story for babies and young children that will last a lifetime. Peepo would be ideal for children aged 1-5 depending on the child’s level of reading. The illustrations throughout the book are detailed, colourful and inviting to the reader and portray a very British and trad
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Another fantastic book from husband-and-wife team Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg.

The rhyme and rhythm are just perfect, with the right amount of repetition. X-man is right in the Peek-A-Boo phase now and loves gripping the hole and turning the page (maybe the board book version would have been a better idea!).

As he grows up the details of the illustrations will become more important - so hopefully it can end up being a whole-family-book. With the youngest enjoying the Peek-A-Boo, X-man enjoying
Jan 23, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Pictures: So the Ahlberg books were popular when I started teaching (which I hasten to add was NOT in 1981) with their Jolly Postman books. I already had a Jolly postman book, and I figured this would be a good buy. The pictures in this are amazingly detailed and tell a completely different story to the one referred to in the synopsis above. The pictures give us an insight into another era and each time I look through the book I see something different. Despite the intricate detail of the pictur ...more
Mary A
Jun 18, 2016 Mary A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to be honest, at first I was a little disappointed with this book- it's wordier than we are used to at this age (I bought it when my son was 18 mo) and he tends to lose focus if there are too many words. We are huge fans of the author's other book Each Peach Pear Plum and I loved The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters growing up. I also was put off, to be honest, with the messiness of the family's home- it's not my aesthetic ;) However, the more we have read it the more we have both ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Yasmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Peek-a-Boo' is a story that is set a few decades ago, possibly the during WW2. It is a story described through the perspectives of a baby boy. With its use of a cut-out peep hole it gives children a small insight into what the baby can see.
I love how the story shows family unity and describes the everyday activities that most family homes take part in from the start of the day til the end of the day. Children can easily relate to one of the characters in the family, which allows the story to so
Jun 24, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is, I believe, a British import. The language has changed to be more consistent with American usage, though.

My nieces love this book, they love counting "One, two, three - PEEK-A-BOO!" with me and pointing at things through the cut-out holes in the book. I don't have any problems with the book (except one scene where, confusingly, the image shown in a mirror in no way reflects what's really going on. Very odd, and I wonder if the mirror was originally intended to be a photograph), howe
Melissa Foley
"Peepo" is a traditional English lullaby great for young readers. This board book uses sweet rhymes to describe what baby sees from the beginning to the end of his day; from mommy in the kitchen to grandma in the park.

This book is for ages 0-5

The appeal of this book is its rhymes and the format of the book. Every time baby sees something, the reader looks through the little peephole to see what baby sees. The authors bring English culture alive through colorful, heart-warming, illustrations of b
Michelle McBeth
"Here's a little baby. One, two, three. Stands in his crib. What does he see?"
Through the peek-a-boo window you get a glimpse of the next page. There is a lot to see on the pages which is excellent for teaching toddlers new vocabulary words. The illustrations are very colorful and very busy. You could spend hours looking at the pages and pointing new things out. I love how Dad does his part to help around the house including washing baby. There is a lot of love portrayed in this story amongst th
Feb 02, 2014 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The grandparent's got us this and it wasn't until I read it that I realised I had it as a kid myself. This is the 30th anniversary edition (it came with a little teddy) and is a nice board book.

The story is simple enough but for me the real joy are the illustrations. Wilfully resisting the urge to update the era or style, the Ahlberg's have managed to recreate a perfect working class wartime Britain. Tea cosy's, tins of Oxo, buckets of coal, army uniforms, terraced housing, outhouses, veggie pat
Benjamin Kuttner
This is a wonderful book which shows the power of being observant, you see the world through a child’s eyes full of wonder and lack of judgement. On an adult’s level it's fascinating how a seemingly domestic scenes can be so full of different subtexts and social commentaries. My Mum read me this book when I was a baby/young child and now I’m reading it to my children – a classic that doesn't age.
We have a one and half year old. Recently my wife and I were worried about how messy our room was (W
This is the first book my son ever 'borrowed' from the library. (At 5 weeks old, obviously I borrowed it for him) It's a simple repetitive book, using cut outs to show us first the baby in different positions during the day, and then what the baby sees. We meet the baby's family, his home and his favourite toys.

As a read aloud, this is a great book. The rhythm allows the words to roll easily, and there's natural high and low points. I also loved the illustrations, which look quite simple to star
Mumtaz Hussain
May 31, 2014 Mumtaz Hussain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of my favourite books. This is a rhyming text that is simple for children. The story begins with, Here's a little baby one, two, three... and then describes what the baby is doing and asks what the baby can see? Peeping into the next page where there is description of what the baby can see on the next page. The whole story follows through in the same way and this is where the rhyme is put it.
This book is great for discussion with young children about what they think that the b
Oct 02, 2012 Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is absolutely amazing for the end of the day when your key stage 1 /foundation stage class are falling asleep and you need something to wake them up. This descriptive book enables children to interact with the book and to look deeply into the narration a to follow on as we'll as predict the story. As well as being a great story book it is also has good forms of rhyming this will help introduce poetry and rhyming to younger children. I would have this book on my classroom booksh ...more
Matt Davies
Jun 24, 2016 Matt Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A baby looks around and tells the reader what he can see. This is described in rhyming verse and depicted in beautifully detailed illustrations peeked through holes cut out in the facing pages. Like the other Ahlberg books I've read the real joy for me is in the art, in this case depicting Britain during WWII. This is clearly intended to be read to very young children (as I have many times...), but I think it could also be used to talk about the past, either specifically during WWII or in genera ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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One of my favourite toddler books ... maybe because I am old enough for the pictures to remind me of my own childhood ;). A baby looks out on his world from his cot, his highchair, his pushchair, his bath, and so on. He lives with his parents, grandma and big sisters in a small and cluttered - but warm and cosy - house in 1950s England. The pictures have lots of detail to look at, and the text is simple rhyming verse: "Here's a little baby ... one, two, three. Sits in his highchair - what does h ...more
Jan 21, 2014 Best_books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Known to my kids and I as 'Peepo' this is one of our favourites (and there are many contenders in this genre!). Beautiful rhyming story about what a baby can see from various places - his cot, high hair, bath etc. The verse is beautifully written and easy to read and the illustrations so fascinatingly detailed you will find something else to catch your eye every time you open a page. This is an absolute must in any baby's collection!
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UEL Primary PGCE ...: Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg 1 3 Sep 02, 2014 08:59AM  
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In the early 1960s, Allan studied teacher training in Sunderland, where he also met Janet, his future wife. He had tackled a wide variety of jobs, ranging from postman to plumber's mate before working as a primary teacher for ten years. Janet, however, discovering that she 'couldn't do the policing job', went on to study graphic design, which led her to her vocation as an illustrator.

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