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All About Alfie Hardcover – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Baby's First Book Club (1998)
  • ISBN-10: 158048042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580480420
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one can match Shirley Hughes in the simple mastery of both words and pictures." --Times Educational Supplement

"Shirley Hughes is a national treasure." --Philip Pullman

"It is Alfie's 30th birthday. Shirley Hughes has compiled an omnibus entitled All About Alfie. The opening painting sets the scene for the birthday boy." --Jan Lee, Oxford Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

SHIRLEY HUGHES 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. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young, and they include 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We sure love Alfie and his sister Annie Rose. Their ages approximate the relationship between my own two kids, and the adventures are wonderful! We also really like the illustrations and the simple depictions of everyday life in a family that loves each other and seems to have a house that is just as comfortably messy as ours! We especially like the story about the burst pipe, and we read about Alfie's trip to his friend Bernard's birthday party whenever we have a party coming up on our own calendar. As a Mom who's trying to do a good job wading through the millions of childrens books out there, I'm delighted to recommend Alfie -- this one's a keeper!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jean on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My 2 and half year old asks to read this book and other Shirley Hughes' books repeatedly. They are endearing and engaging for both of us (and Dad & big brother too). These realistic and beautiful renderings of a toddler's everday dramas explore small but important truths about behavior... sharing (at a birthday party) , courage (overcoming fear of opening a door by oneself), thoughtfulness (helping a sister in need), and learning about and taking care of one's belongings. But I only came to recognize these subtle messages after several requested readings which is of course most important. In our house this book is highly requested as well as recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book features four charming stories about a little boy, Alfie, and his everyday adventures. My 3-year-old especially loves the birthday party story, but also frequently asks for the "raining in the house" story, the "I'm there first" story and the "rain boots" story as well. The illustrations are exceptional, and a treat for a cartoon illustration-weary parent to behold. Every parent will see a little of Alfie in their own child, and appreciate him/her the better for it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I often wish I could find other books just like "Alife." We have a little boy who absolutely loves Alfie stories. There are several wonderful things about this book. First, the stories are delightful--gentle but realistic depictions of a boy who can figure things out and actually accomplish some little four-year old feats on his own. I love the interaction among the family members (although I guess the dad is a little removed for my taste...). The illustrations are so true. I agree with the earlier reviewer, I'm also comforted by the little daily messes in Alfie's house. We also love the format of this book. It's big and long (divided into several stories) and our little guy really feels like he's reading a "serious" book. He likes to consider which story to read and we've even had a chance to do some teaching about page numbers. I've bought this book for several kids in the 3-4 year old group and I've heard good things from all of them. This is one I can imagine saving for the grandkids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Alfie and Annie Rose books are quite perfect for little ones, especially as the stories so aptly capture what it means to be a young child (a toddler as in Annie Rose, or preschooler as in Alfie). This particular book contains 4 stories:
"Alfie Gets in First" - Alfie gets locked in his house whilst his mother and baby sister get locked out. As time passes, the neighbors come by to lend a helping hand, but young Alfie may get himself out after all.
"Alfie's Feet" - delightful story about Alfie and his wellington boots.
"Alfie Gives a Hand" - Alfie attends his friend Bernard's birthday party, with his little blanky in hand, and learns about what it is to be a real friend, and of letting go.
"An Evening at Alfie's" - our favorite of the four. Alfie's parents go out for an evening of fun, and Alfie and Annie Rose are left in the care of Maureen, a young teenager. Soon, Alfie and Annie Rose are not in bed, but wide awake when a water pipe bursts, leaving a watery mess all over the house.

This is perfect for reading aloud to younger children, and the stories are just the right length for reading at bedtime. Recommended for toddlers-preschoolers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beccy Stones on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son (nearly 4) has loved Alfie since he was 2˝. He wants "Alfie gets in First" every bedtime. Just beware that this edition is a US edition, and does not feature the original words, using Americanisms that feel weird if you have read the original. e.g. (Alfie's mum is called "Mom"). I think that if you want the original wording you need to look for the "Alfie Treasury".
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