"Shirley Hughes is a national treasure" (Philip Pullman)
"There's just something so reassuring about Hughes' colourful drawings of the day-to-day activities that you know inside out . . . Words and pictures merge seamlessly . . . Hughes is a magical storyteller with an instinctive understanding of the mind of the pre-schooler . . . She makes the ordinary extraordinary" (Guardian
"I am reminded of something John Diamond wrote: 'This, here, now, is what happiness is. Enjoy it'. To me, the work of Shirley Hughes says something very similar" (Wendy Cope Daily Telegraph
A bumper collection of five stories and four short interludes starring Shirley Hughes' much-loved character, Alfie and his baby sister Annie Rose.