Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

Shirley Hughes

  • 5 stars across 110 books
    Shirley Hughes Biography
    Shirley Hughes CBE is a highly-respected and popular British author and illustrator, having written over 70 books and illustrated over 200. She's best known for her Alfie and Dogger series of stories.

    Shirley was born on 16th July 1927 in West Kirby, near Liverpool. She studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. 

    Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book, Lucy and Tom’s Daywas published in 1960, and she continues to delight young readers with wordless picture books and strip cartoons among others. 

    Shirley Hughes Facts
    Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella’s Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public’s favourite Greenaway winner of all time. 

    Shirley was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to Children’s Literature and in 2017 became a CBE for services to literature.

    Our favourite Shirley Hughes Book Characters
    Alfie - from the Alfie series
    Dixie and Percy - from the Dixie O'Day series
    Dave - from the Dogger series
    5th February 2009

    Dogger

    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and every... More

    (25 reviews)
    Review
    26th March 2015

    Dixie O'Day: Up, Up and Away!

    Dixie, Percy and their new friend, Ariel, are off on an adventure in the clouds. Making a speedy getaway from their arch... More

    (5 reviews)
    Review
    7th May 2009

    Alfie Gives A Hand

    Alfie is delighted to be invited to Bernard's birthday party, although he feels a bit nervous about going on his own. Bu... More

    (5 reviews)
    Review
    2nd June 2016

    Alfie Gets in First

    Alfie has won the race to be first home but - oh no! - he's slammed the front door and Mum and Annie Rose are on the oth... More

    (5 reviews)
    Review
    9th October 2014

    Alfie's Christmas

    Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols a... More

    (4 reviews)
    Review
    2nd July 2009

    An Evening At Alfie's

    All is quiet at Alfie's house - Mum and Dad have gone out and Maureen's baby-sitting. Then . . . drip, drip, drip. It's ... More

    (4 reviews)
    Review
    5th July 2012

    All About Alfie

    Alfie and his best friend Bernard have a day out full of surprises when they go to meet a very great person indeed. What... More

    (3 reviews)
    Review
    1st May 2012

    Bob's Best Ever Friend

    This fantastic follow-up to the Blue Peter Award-winning Man on the Moon, features Simon Bartram's inimitable artwork in... More

    (3 reviews)
    Review
    1st September 1997

    Alfie's Feet

    One of the picture books featuring Alfie, his baby sister Annie Rose, and their family, friends and neighbours. Alfie ge... More

    (3 reviews)
    Review
    24th April 2014

    The Year of The Rat

    Shortlisted for the Branford Boase prize and longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, this sensitive and beautifully w... More

    (3 reviews)
    Review
    Image to show page is loading Show More Books

    New Book

    Most Popular Book

    Coming Soon

    Angel on the Roof Angel on the Roof

    Angel on the Roof

    Hardback
    1st October 2019

    Recent Reviews

    • Dogger

      Dogger

      by jo-scho

      When Dave loses his favourite cuddly toy he's devastated.  Luckily Dogger gets found - but is it too late?  What a wonderful book; my children were en...

    • All About Alfie

      All About Alfie

      Slightly too many words in this Alfie book for us! It's nice to have a number of Alfie stories to read, and I loved the one about the Grant Grandma (m...

    • Dogger

      Dogger

      by Martha

      A beautifully traditional story about the love a young boy has for his teddy, Dogger. This was one of my daughter’s early favourites. The pictures are...