• Hughes is such a phenomenon - this is as good as anything she's done

  • 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

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