It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for baby bear, a get well jigsaw for hospitalized Humpty Dumpty and four more surprise envelopes containing letters and cards.
In this book, children can spy characters hiding in the pictures. A poem on each page gives the clue as to what is hiding in the picture opposite. Many well-known nursery characters are included so that young children can follow the rhymes.
As Frances Fogarty looks back at her childhood, she reveals the strange circumstances surrounding her older brother Tom's death. Did he really come back to look out for her and her younger brother - or is her memory playing tricks? This touching tale of loss, love, and endurance is not about endings, but about a new beginning in another place. Allan Ahlberg has once again taken an original perspective on a well-loved genre, unsettling common assumptions of what a ghost story should be.
Coronation Year, 1953, and in Oldbury, a Coronation football competition is organized. It's Spencer's idea to get a team up - some of the players are good, and one of them is even a girl, but all of them are football crazy. The Malt Shovel Rovers team, despite various calamities, is ready and eager to beat off the opposition and win the cup in this funny and moving story of football and friendship, in a world when the streets were full of kids and empty of cars. Not only for boys - for girls too - of 9+, there's a real pull of nostalgia for adults as well, and, of course, for all lovers of football, whether on the pitch or in the park.