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)

About the Author

Other Formats

Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: 4+


Annalena McAfee, Annalena McAffee
More books by Annalena McAfee, Annalena McAffee


Publication date

2nd October 2000



I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans

It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think to

Lorraine Woods

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

Lovereading 4 schools