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Alfie and the Birthday Surprise Hardcover – March, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Worn Pages/stated First Edition edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688151876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688151874
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2?When Bob MacNally's cat dies, he is so sad that he doesn't even want to celebrate his 52nd birthday. His daughter, Maureen, and their irrepressible preschool neighbor Alfie decide to cheer Bob up by throwing a surprise party. The day before the event, Maureen gets her father a kitten. In order to keep her present a surprise, Alfie hides it overnight in his bedroom but finds it tough to sleep while the curious animal explores and plays. This is an endearing story about friendship. The death aspect is understated and does not overwhelm the story or Alfie himself. The illustrations are muted with clear lines set against soft backgrounds and feature Hughes's familiar cherublike characters. Purchase where the other books about Alfie are popular.?Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 2^-5. Alfie reaches from his own home to the neighbors across the street in the latest touching story about the sturdy English toddler and the mundane and momentous events of his day. When the neighbors' old cat, Smoky, dies, everyone is sad ("Why does Smoky have to be dead?" Alfie wants to know). They bury Smoky, and they all cry. Alfie helps his young teenage neighbor, Maureen MacNally, make a handsome memorial. Then they all begin to feel better--all, that is, except Maureen's dad, Bob MacNally. Alfie suggests they give Bob a surprise birthday party to cheer him up. Tension builds as they shop for presents and bake the cake in secret; and best of all, Maureen asks Alfie to hide her gift of a kitten. Preschoolers will appreciate the honest talk about the death of a pet, and they will love the story of the secret and the surprise. Hughes' line-and-watercolor pictures express the toddler's earnest body language--shoulders back, arms stiff, tummy out--and the tenderness between different ages across generations and across the street. When Alfie shows his little sister, Annie Rose, how to play with the new kitten, how not to squeeze it too hard, Alfie is passing on the love he has learned. Hazel Rochman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We (my 3-year old son and 2-year old daughter and I) loved Hughes' "All About Alfie," and her story "Dogger," and this book is a wonderful next step for us, especially my son. There's a bit more text per page, and more mature subject matter (the death of a neighbor's pet) which helps ensure it will grow with him. (I was worried that he'd lose the wonderful role model he has in Alfie!) The only negative is that since the stories so completely capture Alfie's point of view, Annie Rose is a little flat, and my daughter is not as engaged by her. Alfie stories are a great example of how to be caring toward your siblings. The illustrations showing a happy family without a spotless house (it looks comfy and lived in!) make me want to give Hughes a hug!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RS123 on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am fond of this book because it incorporates death as part of a continuum of events in a child's life, instead of placing it front and center in a "the-moral-of-the-story-is" type of typical children's story.
Alfie's neighbor loves his old cat, the cat dies, the neighbor is very sad, the neighbor stays sad, and Alfie and friends and family decide to plan a surprise birthday party for the neighbor. Then there are lots of details about the party, including the purchase of presents, the making of the cake, and even getting a new kitten for the neighbor. Then, ta-dum, everybody yells SURPRISE! And the neighbor is happier, and the kitten turns out to be pretty cool, and the party is fun, and even though everybody remembers the old cat fondly, the new cat becomes a part of their life.
I like this approach and so, apparently, do my kids. I've been trying to find good books for kids about death, and this has turned out to be a favorite. And the pictures are *adorable,* I just wanted to reach right in and pinch Alfie's red cheeks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thechezems@hotmail.com on December 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Shirley Hughes is a wonderful author who uses beautiful illustrations and a quiet writing style in her children's books. My toddler loves her book, Chatting, as well as other Hughes titles. I highly recommend sharing Alfie with your children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loverofbooks on September 5, 2005
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Anything Shirley Hughes writes is worth reading! She writes about everyday situations with which my 3 year old and I can relate (and we laugh, cry or feel whatever other emotion she provokes) and always enjoy!. She both writes and illustrates her books - and do so beautifully!
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