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Mr Creep the Crook (Happy Families)

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is a bad man, and all his family are bad too - even Growler his dog. But when he escapes from jail and heads to the seaside, he finds out that being bad is not such a good idea after all.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published April 28th 1988 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1988)
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Andrew Christou
Oct 05, 2013 Andrew Christou rated it liked it
Mr Creep and his family are bad people. They spend half of their lives in a secret hideout and the other half in jail.

Eventually, Mr Creep begins to grow tired of the life of crime and, little by little, he and his family start changing for the better. Except the dog. The dog remains a jerk.


Entertaining enough. A well-illustrated story with a positive message. There are many positive features to the book: an interesting use of intradiagetic images (namely those of Mr Creep’s plans), com
Jun 09, 2012 Amal rated it really liked it
Mr Creep the Crook is a very bad man and so were his children and wife. Mr Creep is always devising plans to get out of jail, get rich or get back in jail. A very funny book for young children that teaches them that although Mr Creep and his family are bad people change is possible. Towards the end of the story he devices his last and final plan: a plan for how to be good.

Reading this book made me feel very nostalgic, Allan Ahlberg’s Happy Families series were books I enjoyed reading in primary
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Allan Ahlberg, one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books - including the best-selling Jolly Postman series - says that he dreamed of becoming a writer since the age of twelve. But his route to that goal was somewhat circuitous.

Other jobs along the way included postman (not an especially jolly one, he recalls), gravedigger, plumber, and teacher.

The author wrote his firs
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