Every single one of these characters comes to life in such an amazing way I couldn't put the book down This is def worth a read and I will recommend this to everyone who wants a feel good book I can't wait to read more of Alfie's adventures
This is my latest selection for the Alfiedog Readers' Panel.
This is an excellent book for young readers. The book explores Alfie's adventures with his friends Squirrel, Rabbit, and Hedgehog. One of the major themes in the book is giving people a second chance; a theme that is very well dealt with. It is not really a spoiler to mention that one of the main characters is initially in prison for crimes committed against other woodland animals.
There are some long words in this book that younger children might find difficult. I do not consider this a bad thing - it reminded me of Beatrix Potter's insistence on including the word soporific in Peter Rabbit, despite her publisher's objection. Children have to encounter these words at some stage, and a book they are enjoying is the best place to encounter them. Far more of a problem, in my opinion, is the length of some of the paragraphs. I felt that some of them could benefit from being split in two. This is, however, a minor criticism, and does not merit the removal of a star. Recommended.
This is a real feel good book that will make you smile all the way though. Alfie and Rosemary have invented some really interesting characters and the setting for the book is just wonderful as seen through young Alfie's eyes. You can't wait to find out what will happen next to Alfie and his new friends as they set off finding one adventure after another in their beloved woods. Highly recommended!