• 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

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