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Alfie & The Birthday Surprise [Paperback]

Shirley Hughes
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2 July 2009 Alfie (Book 5)

Birthday parties always make people happy and Alfie's neighbour, Mr MacNally, really does need cheering up because his beloved cat, Smoky, has died. Alfie thinks a party might just help, and there's an extra special surprise in store for Bob MacNally. . . .

Join Alfie as he tries to keep a secret in this celebration of pets old and new.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; Reprint edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862307873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862307872
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 24.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,928 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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"Shirley Hughes' warmth and ability to capture the emotions of the under-5s remain unrivalled" (Financial Times)

"Text and artwork coalesce in a tender story" (Parents Magazine)

"A directness and a simplicity which conjures an appealing little world that most young children are pleased to dip into . . . A firm favourite" (West Sussex Gazette)

"Makes for excellent bedtime reading" (Irish Examiner)

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Losing a pet can be terribly sad, but Alfie is on hand to help in this heartwarming story. Make a friend for life in Alfie!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story beautifully illustrated 6 Oct 2003
Shirley Hughes' illustrations are beautiful. They exist in a world that is a mix of every day reality and timeless nostalgia. This story handles the subject in a very touching way, through the eyes of a child, and without sentimentality. The images capture the expressions and behaviour of children perfectly. My 3 year old daughter loves Shirley Hughes' books, and this one is a particular favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story with a life lesson 9 April 2013
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Another beautifully written story book by Shirley Hughes, who is a favourite in our house.

This story is particularly good as it teaches young children that pets don't live forever, which has helped my 5 year old daughter understand the death of our cat this year, as I was finding it quite difficult to explain it to her without upsetting her too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Shirley Hughes Gem 9 Jun 2012
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This is another lovely book by Shirley Hughes. It deals with the death of a much loved pet with great tact and sensitivity.
Although it is sad, it has a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Hughes' books are brilliantly written 9 Oct 2013
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We read the Alfie series to our own children and now we are reading to the grandchildren. Well written and beautifully illustrated as always.
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