A giveaway – celebrating 30 years of The Jolly Postman

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I’m very lucky in having a series of brilliant postmen and women who deliver marvellous parcels to me rather often, but none of them are quite like The Jolly Postman, who has been delivering cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters for 30 years now!


The sheer fun and delight of this book, with its openable envelopes and apparently handwritten letters to some of our favourite story characters never fails to delight – and 30 years after its first publication it is still packed with wonder and smiles and surprises.



I’m thrilled to have one copy to give away to a lucky blog reader. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Jolly Postman simply leave a comment on this blog post, saying hello, or perhaps sharing something of a favourite letter or parcel you’ve received.

To gain extra entries, please share this giveaway on any of your social media streams, leaving a comment with a link (where possible) to the share. If you want to tweet you could use this:

Thx to @ladybirdbooks you cld win a copy of the Ahlbergs’ classic ‘The Jolly Postman’ over on @playbythebook’s blog: http://www.playingbythebook.net/2016/09/23/a-giveaway-celebrating-30-years-of-the-jolly-postman/

And if you want to pin or share an image, you could use this:


To remind you of the charm of this wonderful book, here’s a very lovely video:

Please note: This giveaway is open to anyone with a UK/Eire address, and is open for one week only, until 5pm on Friday 30th of September 2016. I’ll draw a winner at random that evening, and will contact the winner by email. The winner will have one week to respond with their postal details. If I don’t hear from the winner within that time, a new lucky recipient will be drawn. Good luck!

**This giveaway is now closed. It was won by Paula Readings**

71 Responses

  1. Lorraine Mabbitt

    This was my favourite book as a child so unique and still stands out for would love to win this.

  2. Robyn Clarke

    My favourite parcel was a one I received when I was pregnant with my son, it came all the way from South Africa and was filled with baby bits from my stepmum and her mum.

  3. Victoria Prince

    I absolutely loved these books as a child 🙂 I had all three of them and actually kept mine, though my The Jolly Postman is falling apart so a new copy would be fab!

  4. Susan B

    Aaaw! I love receiving parcels and I love reading with the children. I remember this lovely book well.

  5. Hannah Igoe

    Hello, my favourite parcel was a gorgeous birthday card from a friend recently – it made me smile

  6. Lisa Pond

    Loved this when I was younger, particularly the letter with the game in! My little girl would just adore this too

  7. Jean Vaughan

    When I was a Brownie I wrote letters and asked various ‘important’ people to send a postcard with a message to me so that I could get my collectors badge. My favourite out of the many I received was from the Governor of The Falkland Islands as I told him my dad had spent many months at a time over there helping to rebuild the airport after the Falklands War. I got my postcard in an envelope with a personal letter saying how grateful he was to my dad and the other men who had helped in the rebuilding and knew that I must have missed him a lot when he was away. He also sent a photo of the finished airport to show how good it all looked.Now as a mum I appreciate the time and effort he took to reply to a little girl who ended up getting her badge. Now my daughter is starting Brownies and the cycle goes on.

  8. Leanne Bell

    I loved this book as a child and it would be great to share the story with my 3 girls. The eldest two love opening letters/cards/parcels – especially if they are meant for me!

    Thanks for the chance 🙂 x

  9. G Shipley

    Love this book – was my favourite story to read when i worked at a nursery many years ago ! would love a copy yo read to my own children 🙂

  10. A.E. ADKINS

    Favourite letter was from OH giving a date of return from working abroad – one excited family!

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