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Suitable for 3 - 4 years

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Product description

Burglar Bill is a very naughty man. Each night, he eats a stolen supper and goes out stealing things. But when he accidentally steals a baby, it turns his naughty life upside down! Will Burglar Bill ever stop being so naughty? And how will he give the baby back? This cheeky tale by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is one of the funniest picture books of all time.

  • A timeless classic that children and parents love
  • By the brilliant team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Full of iconic images of Bill and his swag bag
  • Entertaining moral about turning over a new leaf

Product Details

Catalogue number

626 in EU Primary March 2020 and 5019 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20







Date published

January 25th, 1979

Lexile measure

AD550L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.4; Lower years; 0.5 points

Other details
  • 32 pages


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Allan Ahlberg

7079 allan ahlberg 206756

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  1. Beth grainger
    on 13 September 2009

    Totally cool

    I think that burglar bill is the best book in the world i love when he's there putting hats in a bag!!!

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  1. Avatar dino 761758

    on 6 March 2014

    He stole lots of stuff but this book had a happy ending so I enjoyed it.

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    very funny book, I really enjoyed reading it!

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    on 9 March 2013

    I have read this book. But I read it a long time ago can somebody please tell me what happens again. thank you

  4. Fairy thumb 11

    on 8 March 2013

    good book, I enjoyed it alot! :D

    5out of 5
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    on 7 March 2013

    it was ok, my cousin got a bit panicked by the burgular but was fine by the end of the book

  6. Evie 113313

    on 16 March 2012

    This book is fantastic but not that good because its for babies. I think it really good or maybe okay.

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    on 2 March 2012

    This is a book i have from my childhood which i now read to my son and show him the pictures which he loves. Great quality book which doesnt age.

    5out of 5
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    on 1 March 2012

    Even though I am quite old you can never beat Burgular Bill my favourite childs book.

    3out of 5
  9. Bellasara 113282

    on 1 March 2012

    This book is perfect for Young Children. Whether you choose to read alone or with an adult, Burglar Bill becomes a friend forever. This book is fantastic for beginner readers, making them want to read every day and never stop.

  10. Pearl 113298

    on 1 March 2012

    He is a robber but in the end he is good. My mummy likes this book too.

  11. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 20 July 2011

    When I was young it was my all time fav book and even though I am now older I still enjoy it and I think other people should try it!

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    on 3 March 2011

    i like reading this book to my sister

    5out of 5
  13. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 February 2011

    i found this book really good when i was younger, i thought it was brilliant

    5out of 5
  14. Pearl 113298

    on 8 April 2010

    I remember reading this book when I was little it is very good

    5out of 5
  15. Monkey 113537

    on 23 March 2010

    i use thr read this book in first school i can renember bits like when he looked after the baby!

    5out of 5
  16. Petula 113689

    on 13 October 2009

    Burglar Bill was my favourite book when I ws younger and still remember the great story of Bill and Betty! I really like the way they describe it when Betty meets Bill and she stays with him!!

    5out of 5