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The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman)

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,600 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The Jolly Postman brings a batch of wonderful letters for Christmas, including notes from the Big Bad Wolf and all the King's men.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Little Brown & Co (Juv) (first published January 1st 1991)
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Oct 14, 2012 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho Ho Hope you all read this book and love it like I do.

Lets get this out of the way first, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. I love everything about it! I love the idea that at Christmas we can forget this busy technology driven world, with it’s fancy electronic mail, and go back to the finer things in life. Like sitting down and writing a letter to far away family, or watching a child’s beaming face as they post that letter to Santa, knowing he will read it and get to work making that toy with his elves.

Nov 30, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
A delight for kids who love to engage with books. As the postman bring Christmas tidings, the reader is invited to open letters, read postcards, assemble a puzzle, and more!
Helena Spiteri
Jan 13, 2013 Helena Spiteri rated it liked it
The Jolly Christmas Postman is an amusing tale that follows the journey of a postman doing the rounds on his bicycle on Christmas Eve. On his back he carries a sack bursting full of letters, cards, and presents that he delivers to all sorts of well-loved characters from different traditional tales and nursery rhymes. Each letter comes in a different size and shape, and can be taken out of its stamp-addressed envelope and read out aloud in class. I had lots of fun with this book, which I used ove ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
This book is a follow up book to the Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
This is a magical Christmas tale following the journey of the Jolly Postman delivering his letters at Christmas time. The book is written in rhyme and tells you about the people he delivers the letters to, all of whom are fairy tale characters such as little red riding hood and humpty dumpty. This book would be a great follow on to the teaching of traditional tales in Key Stage One as it shows what might have happened
Dec 31, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, own
I love Christmas and I love this book, especially that closing picture!
Dec 13, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
One of my favorite Christmas books! Fun to share with Rose this year.
he Jolly Christmas Postman -Allan and Janet Ahlberg
5 stars
The Christmas Postman is a spin-off of the original Jolly Postman book. Both books concern a postman making his rounds on a bicycle through an unusual English village. This village is inhabited by fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters. The postman has Christmas mail to deliver to the likes of Baby Bear, The Big Bad Wolf, The Gingerbread Man, and Santa himself. Each time the postman makes a delivery, the actual item can be removed from a
Jun 10, 2016 Sana rated it liked it
As a child, I enjoyed reading the book ‘Jolly Postman’ the book gives children an experience to receive letters through the story as the book is very interactive for children. The author has set up the book with flaps as envelopes with letters inside, postcards and magazine articles. The book is about the jolly postman who delivers letters to different characters from children’s story books such as the three bears. The children get to learn about the different things you can receive through the ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: illustrated, jacob, 2014
A classic that I stumbled upon today and snapped up - didn't realise they were still printing these. I loved the original but can't recall ever reading this one. It's a delight, full of inventive wit and style, every nursery rhyme character you can think of in one form or another and illustrated in Janet's always charming style.

I still recall the joy of little hands reaching into the envelopes and exploring the contents and this still excites, especially not knowing what I was going to find. I w
Michelle McBeth
Oct 06, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this story about a postman's journey at Christmas time. At each house there is a pocket in the book that looks like an envelope. You can pull out the letter or card. Each Christmas card is creative and quirky. Each stop the postman makes is to a different fairy tale place such as Red Robin's play house or the Four Bear's cottage.

I do not keep this book on the regular shelf as it would be very easy for kids to lose the cards in the pockets. I love pulling this book out at Chris
Is there anything as sweet and lovely as the land of the Jolly Postman? I doubt it. :) I loved the "peeper"!
Sarah Seasor
Apr 29, 2015 Sarah Seasor rated it liked it
"The Jolly Christmas Postman" written and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg is an interactive read aloud book about a postman who rides on a bike a delivers mail to different people during the Christmas season. He first stops at the Three Bear's house with a letter for Baby Bear from Goldilocks and makes his way all the way to Santa. Each place the postman stops at their is a pocket in the book that looks like an envelope where an actual card is kept. I think children will enjoy this part of the book ...more
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
Oct 27, 2011 Barrett rated it it was amazing
**Picture Story Book:
Janet Ahlberg's "The Jolly Christmas Postman" is an very heartfelt and warming tale about a postman who delivers mail to our favorite storybook characters. As the story continues, he delivers a Christmas card to the Three Bears, a board game for Little Red Riding Hood, and even a puzzle for Mr. Humpty Dumpty at the hospital. There is a letter the Postman would rather not deliver to Mr. Wolf, but it turns out he is well and merry and means no harm to the Postman. Once the Pos
Sep 04, 2011 Riven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book from my childhood I managed to dig out is 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. This wonderful book, the last book Janet and Allan Ahlberg wrote together and the last of three in the Jolly Postman series, tells the story of a postman delivering Christmas cards to a range of fairytale characters.

The story is brilliantly and humorously written poem and offers children excellent insights into various literary skills such as poetry, setting, characterisation and intertextuality. I feel The Jol
Aug 31, 2013 Jo-anna rated it really liked it
As a child I loved this book and still have my own copy which I'm sure I will have for many years to come.

This story is a story about a postman who rides his bicycle around a town to deliver letters to people just before Christmas. His deliveries are to well know children's characters including, Little Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty and the Gingerbread Boy. Each of the deliveries are something that the reader/audience can read/play with, for example when you look inside Humpty Dumpty's envelope
Donna Davis
As you may (or may not) have noticed, I adore children's stories by Janet and/or Alan Ahlberg. At some point among my parenting of four tiny people, I learned just to head for the "A" section at the public library or book store.

This one is a completely different level than the Baby's Catalog or Peek-a-Boo. It carries with it assumptions about children's knowledge of Christmas. It has a lot more text (mostly in the form of removable letters from one Christmas individual to another). So this isn't
Julia Wickenden
Sep 06, 2013 Julia Wickenden rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I read from The Jolly Postman series. I really enjoyed the hands-on nature of the book, along with the illustrations. It makes the book seem very inviting and exciting. In some ways it was even more accessible than 'The Jolly Postman', as mail is decreasing in popularity, but Christmas is still a time where post comes streaming through the door. Although the book is several years old, the choice of classic characters for The Jolly Postman to encounter means that it i ...more
Joseph Seo
Sep 18, 2013 Joseph Seo rated it really liked it
This was an awesome children's picture book. This book follows a postman through his deliveries and you start to notice some of the different characters. I like how the author decided to add famous children story characters into this book. This book also rhymed! That was pretty cool. This is a good book to read to children, especially around Christmas time. It even has different little things to look at and play with like a board game and letters. It helps the children to be busy. The illustrati ...more
ifteen years ago, long before anyone else thought of tucking actual letters and notes inside a book, Little, Brown published The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg. This wonderful book gave children a chance to read letters sent from one fairy tale or Mother Goose character to another. Among the funny notes was one from Jack, who lolled on a sun-drenched island, thanking the Giant for the gold that let him afford such a nifty vacation. All this amusing correspondence was deftly illustrated ...more
Joe Steward
Jun 23, 2013 Joe Steward rated it it was amazing
Janet Ahlberg's "The Jolly Christmas Postman" is an very heartfelt and warming tale about a postman who delivers mail to our favorite storybook characters.The story continues from the original 'Jolly Postman', book which I reviewed late last year, he delivers a Christmas card to the Three Bears and other exciting letters to our favorite story book characters, featuring again are the scary Mr Wolf and Red Riding Hood.

Again the genius in this book comes from its classy illustrations and envelopes
Amelia Gibbs
Dec 25, 2014 Amelia Gibbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very fun and enjoyable book for children around Christmas time. I myself remember being extremely excited each year to look through the all of the letters and play all of the games that this book holds, and to see all of my favourite fairytale characters come together to send each-other Christmas presents. This is a very fun book for children at Christmas.
Marie Willis
May 31, 2014 Marie Willis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
My oldest (10) said 2 stars, middle (9) says 5 stars, and youngest (6) gave it 5 stars (she wanted to give it six so I'm thinking she super loved it). Since my oldest is 10 and this book is geared for the younger crowd I'm going to go ahead and rate this 5 stars. :)
Tee Jay
Nov 18, 2014 Tee Jay rated it it was amazing
Adorable book. It is a great one to read before you sit down with a child to write a letter to Santa. It is a book to bring out during the holiday season and treasure because it is cleverly done. It just personally tickles me.
The Jolly Christmas Postman is a holiday picture book with lots of fun, interactive letters to pull out and read along with the story. Colorfully illustrated, this is a classic for the whole family.
Jenilyn Willis
I think this book is a really fun one. It's the story of a mailman on Christmas delivering mail to a bunch of different characters, but all of the characters are from different nursery rhymes; each time he delivers a card, there's a little pocket on that page that has the actual card in it that was supposed to be delivered to that character. I just think it's really cool and would do a great job of engaging children and keeping them interested in the story. I also loved it because both of my par ...more
Kay Carman
I decided this holiday to read through as many of my Christmas books as possible and decide whether or not to keep them - in keeping with my project of paring down as I become an old woman. I remember when my little girl and I used to pour over this story, and especially the items in the envelopes. My favorite is the one where the postman takes a peek - or is it peep? I took this one to Mary for her collection.
Dec 13, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, holiday
Especially fun for the under-age-ten crowd, with "envelope" pages (very much like Angelina's Invitation to the Ballet) containing games and surprises.

I think my rating is closer to 3 1/2 stars, but I held back because I'm not so fond of the sing-songy rhyming (although for the target age range, this is appropriate and would work well being read aloud).

This is one to which you (I) don't just allow a child to have free access lest the tokens inside the envelopes end up missing/torn, etc. This goes
SO much nostalgia here! These books are so much fun. I didn't find this one to be as darling as the original Jolly Postman, but still a delightful holiday book.
Dec 18, 2015 Ketti rated it it was amazing
This is truly one of my favorite Christmas books, so very charming. I loved to read it to my children, now I can hardly wait to read it to my grandchildren.
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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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