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.
Our 2 year old loves this book and asks to have it read to her regularly. It's a nice story with lovely illustrations.Published 2 months ago by JG
Thrilled with condition of this lovely story book, love Shirley Hughes books for my grandchildrenPublished 2 months ago by Lynda Sprattt
I first bought this title 35 years ago and it was such a lovely story Ibadan to buy it again for my grand daughterPublished 4 months ago by Claire Hill
I read this to my kids 30 years ago.
I bought it for my grandson. I hope he loves it too.
Endearing text and wonderful illustrations.
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Great book to explain the concept of moving to young children.Published 10 months ago by Mrs D Owens
I bought this and 2 other books about moving house for our toddler. I think the other two (Usborne, and the Berenstain one) are better for explaining to a small child what will... Read morePublished 11 months ago by HT100
I bought this for my friends little girl as she was asking all sorts of questions about moving house. This story put her mind at ease and helped with the transition to a new house.Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by Claire Whitmore