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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! This hilarious tale by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is one of the best-loved picture books ever – a timeless classic that parents recognise and children love. The iconic images of swarthy Bill clutching his swag bag will stick fast in the mind, while everyone will breathe a sigh of relief as he renounces his wicked ways and turns over a new leaf!

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany Burglar Bill.

Product Details

Catalogue number

5737 in Books and Resources for Schools Catalogue 2021/22 and 159 in EU Primary November 2021







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.

For more details see What is a lexile?.

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.4; Lower years; 0.5 points

Other details

  • 32 pages



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Allan Ahlberg

Photo of Allan Ahlberg


  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. damlaberry
    on 6 March 2014

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

    5out of 5
  2. fantasticmissfox
    on 5 March 2014

    very funny book, I really enjoyed reading it!

  3. Isma
    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. xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 8 March 2013

    good book, I enjoyed it alot! :D

    5out of 5
  5. natashakrywald
    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. susilla
    on 16 March 2012

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

  7. leSquidge
    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
  8. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

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

    3out of 5
  9. indigobeam
    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. Partyfairy123
    on 1 March 2012

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

  11. Izzwizz555
    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!

  12. am27
    on 3 March 2011

    i like reading this book to my sister

    5out of 5
  13. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

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

    5out of 5
  14. eloisakt1998
    on 8 April 2010

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

    5out of 5
  15. ggandnb
    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. Holsky
    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