The Shirley Hughes Collection

The Shirley Hughes Collection

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Shirley Hughes is one of the best known and most popular creators of children's books, and her keen observation of family life have earned her a special place in the hearts of children and adults. This unique collection brings together some of her very best work and celebrates her amazing achievements over the years. There's a wealth of treasure for children of all ages to enjoy, beginning with a selection of simple rhymes and stories and moving on to some of Shirley's classic picture books featuring such well-loved characters as Dogger, Alfie and Annie Rose. There's also a selection of stories for older readers including The Lion and the Unicorn and Enchantment in the Garden, which combine satisfyingly longer texts with marvellously expansive pictures. Shirley Hughes' warmth and versatility shine from every page of this stunning collection which will captivate readers of all ages and take pride of place on the family more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 224 x 271 x 30mm | 1,519.53g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Bodley Head Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • colour illustrations
  • 0370326822
  • 9780370326825
  • 22,555

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 more

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Hughes is a much loved and respected children's author, famous for the quality and appeal of her stories and the beauty of her illustrations. This collection caters for children of all ages and can be enjoyed and shared by the whole family. Leaping through the pages are stories, rhymes, poems and even cartoons. There are old and new characters, the ever-popular Alfie and Naughty Little Sister share space with newly published material. The 'Nursery Years' and 'Young Children' sections contain lots of captivating pictures that small children will identify with and the stories and rhymes are interactive which will hold their attention. The language is simple and lively but manages to convey effectively some useful messages about manners and kindness, without preaching. 'Mudlarks' is a joy while 'Lucy and Tom at the Seaside' is a touchingly nostalgic snapshot that is so perfect, most readers will feel it could have been written just for them. The author delights in reliving the fun and thrill of youthful adventures in action-packed tales. There are evocative and sensuous poems to conjure up the world as seen through the eyes of a young child. The stories for 'Older Children' and for 'All to enjoy' are more sophisticated but lose none of the charm and appeal of the earlier sections. A book to keep and treasure, to share with children and grandchildren. An absolute classic. (Kirkus UK)show more

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"An author who needs no introduction, but what a joy to find so much of her work brought together in one superlative book. This really is a celebration of a remarkable author/illustrator and it's a book to cherish. The book is in four sections, according to age, so there are many many years of sheer joy to be had, from Mudlarks, on to Dogger, then Sea Singing and Enchantment in the Garden. Shirley Hughes' portrayal of family life and of children is timeless and has brought pleasure to so many, so this is a fitting celebration. The book illustrates the extraordinary versatility of this author who manages to create marvellous stories which enthrall all ages. The book is beautifully produced, with all the original illustrations and deserves pride of place in every child's library, and many adults will have fond memories of many of the stories and will delight in sharing them with their own children." Parents In Touch "A little nostalgia never goes amiss at Christmas. So, if you remember Dogger, Alfie and Lucy and Tom, they are all here, in this vast collection. Ranging from early stories and rhymes to longer tales for older juniors, this lavishly illustrated collection makes a lovely family gift." Carouselshow more

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Meet Alfie and Annie Rose, Lucy and Tom, My Naughty Little Sister, Dogger and many many more

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Shirley Hughes is one of the best known and most popular creators of children's books of all time, with a special place in the hearts of children and adults around the world. This glorious collection brings together some of her very best work, available for the first time in one gift volume. It is a celebration of an amazing lifetime's achievements. Within these pages you will find some of Shirley Hughes' most enduring and best-loved characters; from Dogger and Alfie, to Lucy and Tom and the irrepressible Naughty Little Sister. For older children there are longer classic stories, illustrated in rich detail by an artist whose work spans the minutiae of family life and the larger landscape. There are books which are classic favourites, no longer available in their original formats; there is freshly illustrated and never-before published work. The Collection is completely unique. This is an essential title for every family. Each page shines with a warmth, vision and vitality which will make it an enduring more

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