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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; Reprint edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099488442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099488446
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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"There is something quintessentially comforting about Shirley Hughes' books" (Sunday Telegraph)

"No-one tells a plain tale better than Shirley Hughes and her telling here is brilliantly complemented, as ever, by her stunning illustrations which are the product of a deeply compassionate and carefully sharp eye" (The School Librarian)

"Hughes invites young readers into a world they will recognise and love, and shows that toughness is not everything" (The Sunday Times)

"Shirley Hughes' beautifully observed - and exquisitely illustrated - books are a national treasure. In this latest Alfie adventure, our boy hero discovers that even big boys cry" (Independent)

"This is one of those books that reaffirm - if reaffirmation is needed - the importance of picture books" (Chris Stephenson Carousel)

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A story especially for children starting school - starring the inimitable Alfie!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Manx Mann on 17 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son like I am are really looked forward to the next installment in the life and antics of Alfie as he starts to grow up.

True to form it's another 5 star classic from Shirley Hughes, beautifully written and illustrated. All that my son and I can hope is that she has enough time to write a few more in the series.

I also highly recommend Shirley Hughes's Nursery collection which is excellent for the under 3 age group. They are written in rhyme which is very important as it helps to hold the interest for the youngest age group.

We have all the Alfie, Annie Rose my Little Sister and Olly & Me books and can't recommend them highly enough. The whole family especially enjoys Dogger.

I would also like to recommend the Katie books (Sunflowers, Mona Lisa & the Impressionists) by James Mayhew. Because of these books my 3 year old son loves going to art galleries to see the actual pictures.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Curran on 3 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was so glad to see this new Alfie story and to be able to add it to our collection. Shirley Hughes really understands the minds of small children, how they tick and the world as they see it. A lovely story where Alfie learns that even big boys cry sometimes. As usual the charming illustrations reflect a comforting multi-cultural childhood world without ever becoming twee or patronising. This is the sixth Alfie book, he must be middle aged now, but more please, more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book, looking at all the insecurities children have when they go to school. From his nursery, Alfie and his friend can see all the big boys - including Ian, the leader of the pack. Yet Ian never notices Alfie. Then Alfie has to go to a plant sale with his mother and sees Ian crying, because he has lost sight of his mother. Now Alfie gets to be the big boy, comforting Ian and finally winning friendship (in private) and acknowledgement (in public!) from his new friend. Shirley Hughes captures the world of childhoold perfectly. My kids love the crying Ian, it always makes them laugh when I do the hiccupping!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By April Slocombe on 11 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
I grew up reading at least one Alfie story and this title was appealing to me. This book shows that Shirley Hughes has developed her illustrations by giving her characters actual eye colours unlike her earlier books. I especially like the way she expresses her characters in this book while on the other hand, my mum likes the way they are dressed.

Before I purchased this book, I wanted to see how Alfie would interact with the big boys if he ever got a chance and he did. This is one of Shirley's most reassuring tales ever written. I was surprised when I found out that it was only published three years ago, but it's still as good as the other Alfie stories I've read. 5/5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. MacPherson on 16 April 2009
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My four year old son loves monsters, Ben 10, Power Rangers and all the other things little boys of his age like but he LOVES Alfie. I think he identifies with the Alfie stories, thus the reason he likes them so much. This story, as with all of Shirley Hughes Alfie stories, is true to life and gets the young reader caught up in the tale. I have three children and they all like Alfie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austin on 11 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
My children adore these books, in fact all books by Shirley Hughes are a hit in our house.
I read her books as a child,now my children.... they leave a warm glow that stays with you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Elizabeth Caulfield on 3 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
I just love the illustrations and what a good book for getting the little boys interested in story time.
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By Mrs. Christine Mitchell on 14 Jan 2014
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Alwlays a treat to buy for the grandchildren! the stories and illustrations are a treat to behold. It reminds me of my grandson.
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