“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Shirley Hughes „
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---------- Introduction ----------
This is a children's book about a little boy called Alfie, and a little girl called Annie Rose. They are brother and sister. This book contains 9 different stories. Well I say stories, some of the stories are a few pages long, where as some of them are just a page, more like a poem!
The 9 stories are:
- Breakfast -
A simple story, a few pages long about Annie Rose eating her breakfast, and Alfie helping her to eat her breakfast.
- Grandma's Pictures -
This is a lovely little story, again a few pages long. This is about Annie and Alfie's grandma that comes to visit. The short story tells us about their Grandma's picture book, and about their Grandma's life when she was a little girl, one part it tells us about how when grandma was little she would walk to school with her brother, and her brother hated going to school that one day he took off his trousers and threw them into a field, not a great example for children! However I think it would cause them to laugh!
- Statue -
This is a short poem like story, it is a page long and is just about how Alfie and his dad like to hide behind a statue in the park.
- Proper Words -
This a lovely little story about how Annie Rose learns to talk. Annie Rose loves Alfie's friend Bernard as Bernard always makes funny faces at Annie Rose. The story tells how Bernard tries to teach Annie Rose to say his name. And eventually Annie manages to say Bernards name and everyone is very impressed.
- People in the Street -
This again is a short poem like story. It is a page long and talks about who Alfie sees in the street. It says things like 'A lot of people live in Alfie's street. There's Mrs McNally polishing the door knocker, and Maureen mending her bike..' etc. This I find a lovely little short poem in the book as on the page next to the writing there are lovely pictures of Mrs McNally polishing the door knocker, and Maureen mending her bike etc. So you can read the words and get your child to point out who you are talking about.
- Mr McNally's Hat -
This is a story about how Alfie gets to keep one of Mr McNally's hats. He takes it to Nursery with him to show all of his friends, and then eventually he puts it away in his toy cupboard and doesn't use it much. Until one day he sees the milkman come up to his door in the rain with his hair soaking, so Alfie goes to get the hat and gives it to the milkman. Alfie however gets upset as the next few days when it's raining the milkman is not wearing Alfie's hat. The milkman notices Alfie is upset and takes him to the milk van where Alfie sees a little stray puppy sleeping in the hat.
- Bedtime in Summer -
This is another short poem like story. It's about trying to get to sleep when it's summer, to be honest this is probably my least favorite short poem.
- Here Comes the Bridesmaid -
This is a story about how Alfie is a page boy for a bride, however during the ceremony Annie Rose who is not meant to be part of the ceremony, gets up and walks along next to Alfie down the isle. I found this one of my favorite stories, I think children will find this quite funny.
- Birthday -
This is the last short story/poem in the book. It is about birthdays (obviously) 'Tomorrow there are going to be: hugs and kisses, cards in the post, balloons probably, a big cake with icing, and candles...'.
---------- My opinions ----------
My favorite stories are 'here comes the bridesmaid', 'people in the street', and 'proper words'. I find that the nice thing about this children's book is that all the stories are realistic. Obviously it's nice for kids to read books about magical faries and dragons, however it's nice to get a balance and read a book about things that actually happen in every day life, like eating your breakfast! As these stories are realistic, some children may find them a bit boring, however I'm sure stories like here comes the bridesmaid and proper words would keep them entertained.
I have to mention the pictures in this book, they are all so gorgeous! The pictures are so detailed and there are lots of them too which your children can look at, sometimes a picture takes up a whole page. They really are drawn beautifully.
I would recommend this book to you. I don't think that young children would be able to read this book, but you could read it to them and I would think that they would enjoy it.
---------- Information ----------
You can buy this book from Amazon for £5.24.
Or from Waterstones for £5.29.
The book is written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes.
A bumper collection of five new stories and four short interludes about Alfie and his baby sister Annie Rose. The author depicts family experience with which all small children can identify.