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The Shopping Expedition

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Setting out to pick up some things from the store entails more than a brave family bargains for in this funny flight of fancy from Allan Ahlberg and André Amstutz.

On the day Mom goes shopping with her young daughter, baby Harry, and Wilf the Wonderdog, she starts by making her usual grocery list. But with Allan Ahlberg at the helm, what begins as a mundane shopping trip
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Candlewick Press (first published May 1st 2005)
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May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book so many times I've lost count. My children adored this book, and we read it over, and over for years. It was repeated so often, I remember many times begging them to please choose another book. I can't put my finger on what exactly the intense fascination was with this book for my children, but the mundane becoming extra-ordinary certainly played a part. They loved it best from about 10 months to four years old. It's curious that other reviews have suggested it's more ...more
Nick Swarbrick
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book to savour. There are openings like the one where mum leaves dad decorating to pile the children and dog in the car where a small person will dig into the pictures for all sorts of details; when the car breaks down the images continue, and the scene of the mum and big child and dog struggling up the hill is a real delight: the comfortable village is behind, the high moors and snow ahead - and who is the man observing them from the thatched cottage? This is a joy - and when the narrative ...more
Sarah Adamson
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book. It's a short story by Allan Ahlberg - famous author of We're going on a Bear Hunt and oh so many more marvelous books. This one seems based on the illustrations which are pretty magnificent!
The story is an imaginative version of a standard trip out to the supermarket! Fun and light.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book starts off on the third page, so I began the book being a bit confused. I do get that the story is about flights of imagination, but I think the book would have been better if the illustrations showed something to anchor the imagination to reality, e.g., the jungle could have been a park on the outer edge.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
not a pre-k book as we thought, but aimed at 5-7yo who will get the imagination factor involved; either way my kids didn't enjoy this book as it was too much like a strange dream with a really dull ending
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMGG...BORING! This book is supposed to be a whimsical tale...instead it just dragged on for me. I thought I was going to beat my head against the wall with how long this book went on for AND IT IS A CHILDREN'S BOOK!
Lesley Looper
I enjoyed the creatvity of the family shopping expedition, as well as the colorful illustrations!
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great children's book - quick & easy, lovely to be able to read to your child/ren quick.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get it.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think at the moment, I have read too may picture books.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Bit of an abrupt beginning and end. I actually checked the book a few times to make sure I didn't miss a page at the start.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Imaginative telling of a trip to the grocery store.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, weather
Adventures on the way to the store.
Mom, sister, baby brother, and Wulf the Wonderdog set out on a Shopping Expedition, and the road turns into marvelous places!
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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