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Alfie's Christmas

Written by Shirley Hughes

Illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Part of the Alfie Series

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LoveReading View on Alfie's Christmas

Shirley Hughes and Alfie are back with this beautiful festive story with Alfie and his family celebrating Christmas.  From the opening of the advent calendar, writing Christmas cards, choosing a Christmas tree to all the joyful things they share on the big day itself (including the not so joyful search for last minute batteries).  The book has a wonderfully gentle feel to it and explores the importance of family and tradition at this most exciting time of year.  Shirley Hughes’ illustrations are instantly recognisable and filled with colour and light; they have a timeless feel and are a pleasure to look at throughout the small hardback book.  As always she has a wonderful ability to capture just the right emotion and feeling within each and every illustration.  An absolute delight, this will be a wonderful book to share with excited young ones in the run up to Christmas and is sure to become a favourite. ~ Shelley Fallows

The Good Book Guide Review. A special Christmas story is perfect to share every year and Alfie’s Christmas sees Alfie and Annie Rose preparing from the big day, choosing secret presents and waking up too early. (Ages 2–5)  ~ Fiona Lafferty

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Alfie's Christmas Synopsis

It's Christmas for Alfie, and what a celebration this beautiful gift is! Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas. But what will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day? It's going to be such an exciting day! Alfie has been charming children and parents for generations, but this is his very first Christmas! The perfect gift, covering every Christmas milestone.

Alfie's Christmas Press Reviews

Brimming with nostalgic appeal, Alfie and Annie Rose are busy with advent calendars, Christmas trees and carols. Perfect for sharing in the build-up to the big day. The Bookseller

Hughes loving observation reflects our better selves. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

Childhood would be diminished without Hughes's simple, perfectly told tales of family life... Heartbreakingly beautiful illustrations... Hughes's wonderful London street scene is, for me, the perfect Christmas Day in a walnut shell. The Times - Children's Books of the Year

With their gentle illustrations of family life Shirley Hughes Alfie stories have been entertaining pre
-school children for more than 30 years. In Alfie's Christmas the little boy is excitedly making decorations, writing cards and buying presents. An enchanting book that will get everyone in the Christmas spirit. -- Emma Lee-Potter Daily Express

Alfie and Annie-Rose fans can catch a wonderful glimpse into their adventures in the run-up to Christmas. Shirley Hughes has captured excitement and expectation, as Alfie and his family prepare for the big day. Our Mumsnet December book of the month. Mumsnet website


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782957249
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782300649
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782957249
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Shirley Hughes

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.   Shirley Hughes has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She began to write and design her own picture  books when she had a young family and has now published more than two hundred titles. Shirley's first novel, Hero on a Bicycle (9781406336115) was published by Walker in 2012, and her critically acclaimed adventure, Whistling in the Dark was published in 2015. She lives in West London.   Click here to read more about the author.

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