Allan Ahlberg is back on finest form with The Man Who Wore All His Clothes, illustated by Katherine McEwen (Walker Books pound;9.99), the first in a series about the Gaskitts. Just the thing for early readers to tackle alone or share with parent or teacher. There are some beautifully familiar Ahlberg themes - domestic bliss; pithy and witty observations about school life; crazy upside-down characters like the cat, the fridge and the radio that pop up during the narrative.
This book is a joy, made the more so by McEwen's bright, clear, funny and touching pictures, which capture perfectly the Ahlberg humour. Every page is a triumph, text and illustration in partnership drawing the reader on through this romp of a story, which shimmers with life and laughter. Long live the Gaskitts.