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The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook


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A bumper collection of classic Alfie stories for all the family to enjoy

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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, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.


PreS-Gr 2-- Tucked in between apple-green endpapers lie four delightful English town-and-countryside episodes starring, once again, Alfie and his little sister, their parents, grandparents, and a stuffed animal or two. These stories deal with a ``shop'' Alfie constructs from a cardboard box and treasures found in his yard; a camping trip where Alfie and his father encounter a creature with ``a big pink nose'' and ``very large wet nostrils''; a stray sheep that prefers not to be rescued; and a beloved rock named Bonting that's lost on a trip to the seaside. Each page is graced with at least one full-color illustration depicting the impish Alfie and his somewhat scruffy but always warm and caring family. The gentle humor and the well-drawn plots make this book a perfect read-aloud, either for groups or in cozier situations. There are also three nature poems for the child who demands ``Just one more.'' You'll want to order more than one copy of this; it's a treasure. --Eve Larkin, Middleton Public Library, WI

Reading The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook is like wrapping you and your child in a big, soft, security blanket . . . In capturing the essence of early childhood . . . no other writer/illustrator comes near Shirley Hughes * Sunday Telegraph *
An essential modern classic * Baby Magazine *

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