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Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do!

Written by Daisy Hirst

Illustrated by Daisy Hirst

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers

LoveReading View on Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do!

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

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Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do! Synopsis

Brother and sister monsters fall out and make up in spectacular style in this warm, witty story. From the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head comes a truly authentic and original story about sibling rivalry. Natalie the monster 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 screen-print illustration and unique picture book voice will enchant and charm all readers.

Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do! 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! Press Reviews

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406373134
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406354317
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406373134
Publication date: 2nd March 2017
Author: Daisy Hirst
Illustrator: Daisy Hirst
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Daisy Hirst

Daisy Hirst studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University and Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art before becoming an author and illustrator.  She won  the Lara Jones award in the Macmillan Prize for The Runaway Baby and her debut picture book, The Girl With the Parrott on Her Head, was selected as The Times' children's book of the week.  Her second book, Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do!, has been translated into nine different languages worldwide.  Daisy lives Worcester.  

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