• "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