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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 favourites as Dogger, Alfie and Annie Rose. Enjoy stories from My Naughty Little Sister as well as a wealth of other characters. 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 bookshelf.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 224 x 271 x 30mm | 1,519.53g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • The Bodley Head Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • colour illustrations
  • 0370326822
  • 9780370326825
  • 25,787

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

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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." * Carousel *show more

Back cover copy

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

Review Text

"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."show more

Flap copy

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 classic.show more

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