Funnybones 40th Anniversary


In a dark dark town there was a dark dark bakery and in the dark dark bakery… Funnybones 40th Anniversary cakes were baked!


This October, Puffin is thrilled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Featuring iconic and nostalgic illustrations, repetitive rhythms and humour, Funnybones is loved by grandparents, parents, and children alike, and remains a firm favourite on bookshelves year after year.


This Halloween, Puffin are celebrating this classic book’s 40th  anniversary with an upsized edition, complete with a spook-tacular glow in the dark cover to brighten up your dark, dark house! In celebration, The Hummingbird Bakery is delighted to be sharing with you a selection of special edition Funnybones cupcakes and a layer cake to mark 40 years since the Funnybones was first published in 1980, and to welcome this new anniversary edition.


Shop the range online or buy individual Funnybones Cupcakes in-store at our six London bakeries.




Make no bones about it, our bakers have captured the essence of the Funnybones world with sweet frostings and sugar fondant decorations. Sure to tickle your taste buds as much as the books will tickle your funny bone, these freshly baked cupcakes and layer cake are the perfect family indulgence this October half-term.


Individual cupcakes will be available for takeaway only at our London bakeries in Vanilla and Chocolate flavours or you can order the whole range online for collection. We have Covid-19 safety measures in place throughout our branches. 



Funnybones Cupcakes

Celebrate 40 years of Funnybones with these adorable special edition cupcakes in vanilla and chocolate flavours. Each gift box contains six cupcakes.



Funnybones Vanilla Cake

Classic vanilla cake with freshly baked vanilla sponge layers and smooth vanilla buttercream frosting topped with Funnybones decorations.


But hurry, these limited edition Funnybones treats won’t be around for long! Available to order from Monday 26th October until Sunday 1st November 2020 for collection or delivery to selected London postcodes only. 


About Puffin

In 2020 Puffin is celebrating 80 years of inspiring children to dream big by being a loud proud voice for the power of stories.

Since publishing a series of non-fiction in 1940, Puffin has grown to become one of the most iconic children’s entertainment brands in the world. Publishing stories for children from 0 -12 Puffin is home to famous authors, illustrators and children’s brands including Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Snowman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid to name but a few. Many of these stories live beyond the book and have inspired films, music and games.

Puffin is always on the look-out for new talent and is committed to giving children access to stories, through innovative formats and partnerships; ensuring that the magic of imagination passes from one generation to the next.

Dream big, Read Puffin.

Puffin is an imprint of Penguin Random House, the world’s number one publisher representing a vibrant community of publishing houses marked by unparalleled success.

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About Janet and Allan Ahlberg


Janet Ahlberg, along with Allan Ahlberg, created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994.


Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, and created award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal.