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All About "My Naughty Little Sister" [Hardcover]

Dorothy Edwards , Shirley Hughes
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30 Mar 1992
"My Naughty Little Sister" stories are all included in this collection, from her first appearance to the day she develops a wiggly tooth. In between there is lots of mischief and fun, including parties with Bad Harry and visits to the Cocoa Jone's.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen young books; New edition edition (30 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0603550320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0603550324
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,643,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dorothy Edwards is most famous for My Naughty Little Sister which she dreamt up to keep her daughter quiet whilst on a family holiday in 1950. Dorothy based the character on her younger sister, Phyllis, and went on to write five books about her naughty little sister with wide acclaim.

Dorothy Violet Ellen Brown was born into a working-class family in Teddington on 6th November 1914. When her father returned from fighting in the First World War he threw his energies into teaching his daughter to read. Dorothy wrote her first story when she was four years old, which she since described as "exciting, horrifying and very misspelt".

With published poetry, short stories and articles throughout her twenties, Dorothy's attention turned towards children's books after she had two children of her own by her husband, Frank Edwards. Her daughter, Jane, tirelessly asked her mum to tell her stories, and it was only a matter of time before Dorothy wrote them down and they became timeless children's classics.


My Naughty Little Sister really found its home in Shirley Hughes' wonderful illustrations. Dorothy delighted in visiting schools and meeting children, her warmth and obvious enthusiasm held audiences spellbound. Her ability to make stories up on the spot, tailoring them to the kids in front of her, gave her a charm like no other.

Dorothy became a household name and her stories were read and loved across the globe. She became a fixture of a radio show in the 1950s called Read with Mother and she also wrote for Playschool and Jackanory.

Dorothy died in 1982 and was buried next to her sister. Her memory lives on as "an active champion of the cause of children's reading."


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5.0 out of 5 stars My Naughty Little Sister's definitive narrator 15 Oct 2012
Format:Audio Cassette
Alas, that this recording should be out-of-print since its initial issue as a tape cassette.
Felicity Kendal is simply superb as the narrator (the voice of the "author" or older sister who is NOT naughty, naturally) who also dramatises the voices.
I know (or believe) there is a different narrator available on CD Audio-book, but just as we can happily accommodate different performers presenting the same piece of music, in in their own way, audio-books, likewise, can be differently narrated.
Kendal is, to use one more word, PERFECT!
Please re-issue!!
John Gough - jagough49@gmail.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some repetition 12 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed reading 'My Naughty Little Sister' collection to my 6 year old son (who has a little sister) and wanted more. My only complaint is that some of the stories in this collection repeat stories in the other collection, which is a bit disappointing. Great old-fashioned stories though,
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4.0 out of 5 stars book review 12 Oct 2010
By Jj
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book reminded me of my childhood. Every child these days should have the opportunity of reading these older books
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