Shirley Hughes kept me sane!

Cover of All about AlfieToday I realised that I had missed an important anniversary. I’m sure it was mentioned at the time, and I can’t believe that I didn’t register but 1981 saw the first Alfie book by Shirley Hughes published, so 2011 was the 30 year anniversary.

I have this aching  nostalgia for Alfie, Tom, Lucy, Molly and Dogger. They all coincided with my children being young and me being exhausted and at times  hopelessly out of my depth.  Alfie could always put a smile on my face, I loved his little cherub looks, his messy but welcoming home and his mother was always so cosy and well…motherly. I aspired to be that mother!

I read these books to my children over and over again, I’m not even sure if they liked them, and I didn’t really care because Shirley Hughes kept me sane!

Cover of Bobbo goes to schoolShirley Hughes is still writing and illustrating, and the library has her biography that was written for children. I think I might just go on a trip down memory lane soon and re-read my old favourites, and catch up with some new characters namely Lily and Bobbo.

Do you have old children’s favourites that you probably enjoyed even more than your children?

5 thoughts on “Shirley Hughes kept me sane!

  1. Robyn 19 November 2013 / 12:05 pm

    I too loved Shirley for Alfie’s messy house, but my absolute favourites were the Ahlbergs. I bought Peepo before I had a baby and to this day, thirty years later, I don’t muck around with booties or bibs when a baby present is required. Every baby of my acquaintance gets Peepo or where the Wild Things Are. “Here’s a little baby, one two three, stands in his cot, what does he see”…I think I can still recite it from memory I read it so many times. And the house that baby lived in was very untidy. A pattern begins to emerge.

  2. purplerulzpurplerulz 19 November 2013 / 2:09 pm

    My eldest son, now 28, loved Alfie, Dogger was probably his and my favourite, such gentle kind stories, and although they are so very British in their look, it made no difference to our attachment to all her books. Thanks for the memories!

  3. Gallivanta 19 November 2013 / 5:58 pm

    I love/d her books. I am amazed she is still writing…wow.

  4. Marion 21 November 2013 / 11:51 am

    I did a quick check on the several shelves of childrens books that remain in the house but couldn’t find Dogger amongst the battered storybooks. I suspect one of my kids took it to be on their favourite books shelves now they have left home. I loved that book.

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