Just recently, my mom got one of the Alfie and Annie Rose books just for fun. It was fun to flip through those pages again and remember so many of those stories. I grew up reading these stories and I was amazed how much I remembered about the books. I think that these books are so enjoyable in large part because Shirley Hughes (the author) clearly knows children so well. She understands just how excited and out of control children get at a 5 year old birthday party and she knows about naming inanimate objects funny names (I had a pumpkin named Perenkin when I was about Alfie's age). In addition to all these wonderful qualities, the illustrations are gorgeous. The family's cluttery, cozy little London flat is so much fun to see.
|An illustration from one of the books.|
I really do recommend these books for anybody. If you have some contact with any children (or if you don't), I think these books are a must-read. When there are so many unlikeable characters in children's books and sub-par stories, these books are very refreshing.