The Visitors Who Came to Stay by Annalena McAfee, Annalena McAffee

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. As second marriages proliferate many children are faced with visitors who come to stay'. Katy has to put up with her father's new girlfriend and son, a trick-playing nuisance who eventually becomes part of the family. Anthony Browne's joke-filled pictures in the style of comic picture postcards catch the atmosphere exactly.
~ The Good Book Guide


The Visitors Who Came to Stay by Annalena McAfee, Annalena McAffee

Katy lives alone with her dad by the sea and she likes it that way. Then, one day, the visitors come to stay, Mary and her son Sean. Now Katy has to share her house, her toys, her walks, her dad and she doesn't like it at all. Her hostility drives the visitors away, but eventually she comes around to accepting them.


This is the story of Katy, who lives with her father and their dog by the sea. When Mary comes into their lives, along with her son Sean, Katy is rather put out. The visitors change the routine, disrupt the household's habits and leave Katy feeling that she has lost her closeness to her father. Eventually, however, she comes to see that Mary and Sean may also add something to her life. This is a sensitive exploration of how it feels to a child when adults decide to merge family units. It is suitable for a child to read either with an adult, or alone, since although the idea is sophisticated, the vocabulary is not. (Kirkus UK)

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32 pages
Interest Age: 4+


Annalena McAfee, Annalena McAffee
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd October 2000



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