A wonderfully reassuring tale from master storyteller, Shirley Hughes
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.
Hughes is such a phenomenon - this is as good as anything she's
done * Observer *
Hughes takes the simplest of themes . . . and gives it universal significance. Make that woman a dame! * Sunday Telegraph *
Pre-school children will relate to this new story . . . For Hughes to produce yet another classic book is unquestionably a remarkable achievement for someone who first illustrated a children's book in 1953 * Books for Keeps *
Shirley Hughes beautifully captures the little details and small moments of an insecure toddler's life . . . Hughes really understands the worries and fears of small children, she knows instinctively how to step back and observe the small details -- Niamh Sharkey * The Irish Times *
Like Alfie, Lily is set to become a big favourite with the pre-school child -- Jack Ousbey * Carousel *