My Worst Book Ever

Allan Ahlberg, Bruce Ingman


Picture books are such good fun and so is making them—but who knew there were so many things that could go wrong?

This is the story of a picture book doomed from the very start. Allan has a good idea for book about a crocodile, but every time he sits down to write, he’s interrupted. The manuscript gets soaked in tea and nibbled by snails. And then when Bruce gets started on the pictures, he gets overexcited and draws a hippo, not a crocodile. The publishers get overexcited too—they want a dinosaur and experiment with all kinds of different fonts. Allan and Bruce think they’ve straightened things out, but then when the book goes off to the printer—you guessed it—there’s MORE trouble. Pages in French and Chinese get muddled with the pages in English, and somehow Bruce’s hippos and dinosaurs get mixed up with them too.

My Worst Book Ever is a clever and amusing introduction to the process of writing books for children, and they—along with their parents—will be delighted to see how hilariously wrong Allan and Bruce’s book turns out.


Allan Ahlberg


Allan Ahlberg is a best selling children’s writer. He has published over 100 books for children, including such award-winning books as Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill, Peepo, and The Jolly Postman. He lives in Bath, England.

Bruce Ingman


Bruce Ingman turned to book illustration after teaching art in several colleges. His first book, When Martha’s Away, won the National Art Library Award and the prestigious Mother Goose Award.