Alfie & The Birthday Surprise
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Alfie & The Birthday Surprise

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Birthday parties always make people happy and Alfie's neighbour, Mr MacNally, really does need cheering up because his beloved cat, Smoky, has died. Alfie thinks a party might just help, and there's an extra special surprise in store for Bob MacNally...Join Alfie as he tries to keep a secret in this celebration of pets old and new.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 246 x 246 x 4mm | 199.58g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Full colour
  • 1862307873
  • 9781862307872
  • 62,221

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The loss of a family pet is skillfully handled within the secure world of Alfie and Annie Rose. Mr. McNally, the neighbour of Alfie and Annie Rose, is very sad. His old cat Smokey has died. As it is nearly his birthday, his family decides to hold a surprise party and buy a particularly special present to cheer him up. It is left to Alfie to look after the present until the big day... New readers and old fans of Alfie alike will cozy up to the warm and sympathetic text, and illustrations bustling with detail and charm.show more

About Shirley Hughes

Shirley 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. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, 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, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.show more

Review quote

"Shirley Hughes' warmth and ability to capture the emotions of the under-5s remain unrivalled" * Financial Times * "Text and artwork coalesce in a tender story" * Parents Magazine * "A directness and a simplicity which conjures an appealing little world that most young children are pleased to dip into . . . A firm favourite" * West Sussex Gazette * "Makes for excellent bedtime reading" * Irish Examiner *show more

Back cover copy

Everyone loves Alfie! Birthday parties always make people happy and Alfie's neighbour, Mr MacNally, really does need cheering up. Alfie thinks a party might be just the thing, and there's a extra special surprise in store for Bob MacNally! Will Alfie manage to keep it a secret?show more

Review Text

"Shirley Hughes' warmth and ability to capture the emotions of the under-5s remain unrivalled"show more

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148 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (47)
3 20% (30)
2 3% (5)
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