• "There is something quintessentially comforting about Shirley Hughes' books"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "No-one tells a plain tale better than Shirley Hughes and her telling here is brilliantly complemented, as ever, by her stunning illustrations which are the product of a deeply compassionate and carefully sharp eye"

    The School Librarian
  • "Hughes invites young readers into a world they will recognise and love, and shows that toughness is not everything"

    The Sunday Times
  • "Shirley Hughes' beautifully observed - and exquisitely illustrated - books are a national treasure. In this latest Alfie adventure, our boy hero discovers that even big boys cry"

  • "This is one of those books that reaffirm - if reaffirmation is needed - the importance of picture books"

    Chris Stephenson, Carousel