Reader Reviewed Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do! by Daisy Hirst

Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do!

Written by Daisy Hirst
Illustrated by Daisy Hirst

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

New from the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, this is another witty, eye-catching picture book that adults will enjoy as much as children. Once there was Natalie – a bright image shows a happy, beaming monster swinging on the arms of two parent monsters. And then there was Alphonse too: Natalie’s look says it all, and on the opposite page a gurning blue baby monster gazes out from a buggy. Mostly they have fun together but when Alphonse eats Natalie’s favourite book, she loses her temper and retreats into the bath. Hirst’s bold, bright screenprint illustrations are wonderfully expressive – there’s a fabulous picture of Natalie in her bath towel looking simultaneously guilty, repentant and worried –and this is a very funny and perceptive depiction of early sibling relationships. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Abigail Zinkin, age 6 - 'This is a very funny, most colourful book about sibling rivalry with hilarious scenes and great expressions.'
  • Ava and Olivia Townsend, age 6 & 3 - 'Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do! is a colourful picture book about loving your brother or sister.'
  • James McNichol, age 5 - 'I liked this book very much.'


Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do! by Daisy Hirst

From the remarkable new talent behind The Girl With the Parrot on Her Head comes a story about two monster siblings, Natalie and Alphonse. Natalie mostly loves her little brother Alphonse being there - they name the pigeons, bounce things off the bunk beds, have stories in the chair and make lots of fun stuff together. But, when Natalie catches Alphonse eating her most favourite book, well ...that is not OK!

Daisy's expressive, bold illustration and unique picture book voice will enchant and charm all readers in this truly original new title.


This is a very funny, most colourful book about sibling rivalry with hilarious scenes and great expressions. Review Reader, Lovereading 4 Kids Daisy Hirst's Alphonse, That is Not Ok To Do! is an empathy and understanding-building picture book that every family book shelf should have, since it relates to a scenario that almost every child has found him or herself in. [...] An uproarious, colourful exploration of what is not ok to do, by the creator of the fabulous The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head. The Herald Hirst's approach is playful and eye-catching. [...] It's a story written with a benignly anarchic wit - and, refreshingly, it comes with no moral tacked on. The Observer Daisy Hirst's narrative voice is spot on, her monsters are adorable and I love the chucklesome humour in her illustrations, which are a perfect complement to that deliciously droll text of hers. Alphonse and Natalie could run and run... Red Reading Hub A fun, perceptive and colourful story Juno

About the Author

Daisy Hirst is a hugely talented young artist and writer.

Daisy studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University where she composed her own poetry and enjoyed drawing and doodling. Afterwards, Daisy went on to graduate from the Cambridge School of Art MA Course in Illustration. She won the Lara Jones award in the Macmillan Prize for The Runaway Baby.

She lives in London N4.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd March 2016




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