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Alfie Gets in First

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  981 Ratings  ·  39 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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Nov 21, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Adorable! I can very easily see a child doing this. Alfie's character will amuse the children, teach a good lessons and likely bring a fond smile to any parents face.

Young Alfie want to play with his sister and mother but instead ends up locked alone in the house with them on the other side. Amusements arises as neighbors try to figure out a solution. The outcome is endearing!
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
This book is so clever in terms of how it uses the format of the book as a bridge between Alfie and his mum - very few had played around with the book as being an object that could be played around with in this way - Hughes was a trend setter. Besides, Hughes captures real-life London so well and I like how there are little stories taking place in the background....and the milkman has a brilliant hat and beard
May 12, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
So darn cute. Little Alfie and his baby sister Annie Rose. The illustrations make me smile and the story of one I have experienced myself.
Feb 12, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
Hughes' illustrations are so detailed and really capture family life in a suburban London. I love the fuss that Alfie causes and the reaction of all his neighbours and friends.
Lindsey Opritza
Oct 10, 2016 Lindsey Opritza rated it really liked it
Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes was a very heartwarming and encouraging story. The book summed up how boys act or any kid acts at such a young age. Reading this actually made me laugh because it took me back to some memories when my brothers were young and think they were acting funny but it does a 360 and then something happens which makes them cry because they did not think of the after affect. I felt happy memories while reading this book and if i enjoyed it that much I'm sure children ...more
We borrowed this from the library at about 21 months and it seemed too long. We reborrowed it at 23 months, and had to read it three times in a row, immediately. Alfie must be about 2 1/2 or 3 years old, and our kid really seems to relate to this story. He concentrates all through it and seems fascinated. I really can't say what it is, which is the mark of genius art, innit? It just works.
Jul 30, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing
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).
Paul Farbman
Jan 28, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it it was amazing
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
Big Book Little Book
Jan 31, 2012 Big Book Little Book rated it really liked it
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
Bambini Travel
Nov 06, 2013 Bambini Travel rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
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
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.
Kathy Hale
Sep 02, 2016 Kathy Hale rated it it was ok
A picture book about a child who is trying always to be first and locks his mother out of the house. Cute twist.
Aug 13, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing
this book keeps my little boy entertained for ages I read it all the time he loves Alfie and Anne rose x
Sarah Ragan
Jan 28, 2014 Sarah Ragan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 00-in-class
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!
Feb 20, 2014 Chelsea-lee rated it it was amazing
Loved this when i was little and still love it now i'm older and read it to my son
Melissa Morris
Jul 19, 2014 Melissa Morris rated it really liked it
It was hard to read this one out loud because I couldn't stop laughing!
Dec 25, 2015 A. rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Pretty funny.
Jan 14, 2009 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Aug 18, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A charming slice of suburban England as Alfie unwittingly locks his mother and sister out of the house and all the neighbours come to see how they can help. Hughes's characters are refreshingly real and ordinary.
Dec 13, 2015 Robyn rated it liked it
(Read with little sister as part of the "1,001 Children's Books To Read")

It was tough going there for a minute, but everything turned out okay. Cute drawings.
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.
Mar 06, 2013 Kyrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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
Aug 19, 2011 M.A. Stacie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kid-s-favs
These 'Alfie' books are older than me, and yet they really do stand the test of time, still luring kids in.
Mar 06, 2011 Mohammad rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites when I was a kid! Absolutely love it and reading to my son.
Jul 06, 2016 MJ rated it really liked it
Alissa almost has this one memorized. Ryan was so upset when Alfie got upset.
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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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