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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Humour


The Man Who Wore All His Clothes by Allan Ahlberg
Published by Walker Books, 2001
ISBN 0-7445-8995-9
Illustrations © Katharine McEwen

This is the first story in a series about the most unusual adventures of the Gaskitt family. Mr Gaskitt wears all his clothes at once. Mrs Gaskitt is a taxi driver who, on this occasion, picks up a robber. Gus and Gloria, the twins, have teacher trouble while Horace, the cat, likes easy chairs, old movies on TV and cat food ads.

The robber in Mrs Gaskitt’s car somehow or other pulls the many unusual strands of the story together. Mr Gaskitt, wearing all this clothes, saves the day by eventually sitting on the robber and his enormous bag.

For other fun-filled Gaskitt adventures, look out for The Woman Who Won Things and The Cat Who Got Carried Away

All three books in the series share charming colour illustrations by Katharine McEwen and large-type text on a white background.

The Man Who Wore All His Clothes has been reviewed by The Independent on Sunday as “Huge fun and ideal for early readers.”

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