Alfie and the Big Boys
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Alfie and the Big Boys

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Alfie's Nursery School is right next door to the Big School where the big boys go. Alfie and Bernard wish that they could be friends with the most popular big boy, Ian Barger, but Ian never takes any notice of the little kids. One Saturday morning, mom takes Alfie and Annie Rose to a plant pot sale. Alfie hasn't been there long when he spots Ian Barger screaming and yellin...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Red Fox (first published April 28th 2007)
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A beautifully illustrated book which takes me back to my childhood and memories of Shirley Hughes' Alfie Collection being read to me.

This particular story is excellent for preparing the pre-schooler for their first year at school. Although it was first published in 1988 it does not seem at all dated especially with the re-vamped cover. Hughes sets the scene wonderfully and captures her audience with beautifully detailed soft illustrations that are very enchanting. This book can conjure up some g...more
Alfie and the Big Boys is a book written for younger readers, and in fact Shirley Hughes dedicates it to students who are entering school. The story centers around a nursey school student, Alfie, and his interest in a "big boy," Ian who goes to the Big School. Ian ignores all the little kids while fascinating them at the same time; he seems to be the pied piper of the Big School. One day Alfie goes to a plant sale with his mom and little sister and while playing on the playset hears a child scre...more
shirley hughes does an admirable job of paiting a diverse community (British) and getting into the minds of young children
didn't know this one existed until I bumped into it in Vancouver

this one is especially nice as a "big boy" whom Alfie admires is found to have softness inside his tough exterior
Shirley Hughes always manages to make magic out of innocent childhood things like play, gardens and friendship.
"lost, realistic, big boys"
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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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