Alfie Gets in First
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Alfie Gets in First

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  316 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Arrivinghome after shopping with his momand sister, Alfie rushes inside and slams the door. Bang! So now Alfie is stuckinside and his mom and Annie Rose are stuckoutside without a key. Soon everyone in the street becomes involved in trying to rescue Alfie, but he has a plan of his own....more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Red Fox (first published 1981)
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LH Johnson
We all know and love Alfie right? I do. He's an iconic character, created by the equally iconic Shirley Hughes, and this is one of my favourite titles starring him and his younger sister Annie Rose.

But, before I talk about this, I need to segue slightly. The other day I was discussing comic books with somebody and how they were being disparaged by parents who did not approve of their children who read these books. My point there, and one which applies here as well, was that the visual literacy...more
Alfie Gets in First is a delightful children's book about a little boy who hurries into the house ahead of his mother and sister and shuts the door. Unfortunately for everyone, he manages to lock himself and his mother's keys inside and can't quite figure out how to open the door again.

The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and the story is one that children will enjoy and that parents will empathize with. As always, Shirley Hughes has created a wonderful book that will be a great choice...more
Paul Farbman
Jan 28, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 2-4 year olds and their parents
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
Shelves: 00-in-class
This is a very imaginative story set in England. It is about a young boy, Alfie, who accidentally looks his mom out of the house. While Alfie comes up with a plan to let her in, mom seeks help from friends and neighbors to get into her house.

The illustrations are a major part of the story. In a set of two pages, you see what is going on outside of the house on one page, and what Alfie is doing inside on the other. In some places, illustrated elements are not mentioned in the narration. This allo...more
Big Book Little Book
If you would like a change from reading about dragons, aliens, princesses and other mythical beings and want to look at books that actually relate to real life then Shirley Hughes ‘Alfie’ books are just what you are looking for!

Alfie is a little boy of around 5 years old and there are a few books about the things that happen to him. We also love these, in particular the one where the pipe bursts whilst the baby sitter is looking after Alfie one evening and the rain inside the house! Anyway, in t...more
Bambini Travel
Shirley Hughes is one of those authors that immediately brings warm memories of my childhood. If you haven't had the opportunity to immerse yourself in her wonderful books - this is a good one with which to start. ALFIE GETS IN FIRST is the story of young Alfie who runs ahead of his Mom and sister, Annie Rose. He slams the door excited to have arrived first and gets stuck inside with Mom and Annie Rose on the other side of the door. Various friends and neighbors come to his assistance, but Alfie...more
Shanna Gonzalez
An entertaining story about a little boy who, racing his mother and baby sister into the house, accidentally locks them outside. A page-turner for kids and moms. One very nice aspect of the story is the sense of community that Alfie’s mother has with her neighbors: a crowd gathers in concern about helping her solve the problem, and when the door is open she invites everyone in for tea. This is unusual in our modern, insular lifestyle, and an excellent model for relating to our neighbors.

It takes...more
Chastidy Stanford
This book was a very good source of literature for young readers. It gives the children something that is fairly easy to read and it is also entertaining. They can think of a time something like that has happened to them or simply imagine it happening to them.
Sarah Ragan
This book is a good book that tell's a story with the pictures and tells a story with the words. This book is a good book to show children that they are capable of doing things they might not have thought they could!
Loved this when i was little and still love it now i'm older and read it to my son
A great book - all about Alfie getting locked in the house and the adults who try to help !
I wont reveal the ending though !
All the Alfie and Annie Rose (his little sister) books are lovely.
She also has a series with Lucy and Tom, some of which are still in print - the Christmas one is nice.
And another called Dogger about a boy who has a toy dog.
All wonderful.
If only these gorgeous books were more available - I would have bought a whole set for my boys when little. This, and other Alfie stories, are all about those little person moments that are so beautiful. First party. First galoshes. Little adventures. There are lots of firsts when you're so new. Highly recommend for any 2yo birthday (boy or girl).
Amanda Wilson
This book was amazing. As a mother i always find myself thinking of those kinds of situations, and how they would pay out exactly as it did in the book. Although ive never have this happen, i found myself chuckling inside because i can see this happening. but hopefully not
The premise and its playing out ring of authenticity and warmth, perhaps due to its British/European provenance.

I'm going through my son's library, revisiting old friends -- and discovering some new or forgotten ones.
Oh, that uh-oh moment! We could all relate to it and the illustrations are sweet. Loved how people came to help and loved how the problem was resolved.
I love the Alfie books and all the others in this group. The art work is wonderful, the story is sweet, and so real.
M.A. Stacie
These 'Alfie' books are older than me, and yet they really do stand the test of time, still luring kids in.
This was one of my favorites when I was a kid! Absolutely love it and reading to my son.
This is a sweet book - with a story that seems like it's taken from life.
a well loved treasure for all my children. Delightful illustrations
Read as part of kid's lit course for MLIS degree. Age 3-5yrs section.
Jun 18, 2008 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: i seek this author
I love Shirley Hughes. And Alphie is a favorite of ours
So funny, charming, plausible
I love the Alfie books!
May 01, 2009 Tommyb added it
Shelves: 11-27-2007, 22-16
Fiction,Children's fiction
Really cute story
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Shirley Hughes is the illustrator of more than two hundred children’s books and has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She is the author-illustrator of DON'T WANT TO GO! and OLLY AND ME 1 2 3. She lives in London.
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