Alfie loves being outside and in this gorgeous collection of stories and poems he plays in the garden, camps in the countryside, shares a picnic on the beach, splashes in the paddling pool and lots more! Full of snapshots of family life, this is a book to treasure.
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(265mm x 220mm x 5mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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US Kirkus Review »
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock ("Bonting") that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing "him" at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). As always, Hughes's understanding of childhood's concerns is deep, mellow, and beautifully extended in her exquisite art. Deplorably, the publisher here reverts to "Mom" and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes was born and grew up in West Kirby, near Liverpool. She studied at Liverpool Art School and at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator. At first she worked as an interpretive illustrator, but she began to write and design her own picture books when her children were very young. Her first book, Lucy and Tom's Day, was published in 1960. Now living in London's Notting Hill, Shirley Hughes has illustrated over two hundred children's books and is renowned as a champion of children's literature. She has been the recipient of the Other Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal and the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award.