|Alfie and Annie Rose prepare to descend on poor old Dad, who is enjoying reading the newspaper.|
As a child, I loved the detailed illustrations. There was always something to look at and I loved the sense of warmth and cosiness conveyed in the illustrations. These illustrations also captured familiar scenes of childhood: going to fairs, walking down to the dairy to buy lollies and ice cream, playing on the swings at the park and being tucked up in bed with a menagerie of stuffed toys among others. It was lovely. Now my son (aged 2 1/2) is enjoying Hughes' books. His favourites are the ones about Alfie and Annie Rose When he encountered his first Alfie story he immediately related to the characters, as he, like Alfie has a baby sister.
Over the course of the last two or so years, I have become very curious about children's book authors. I am the type of person who becomes excited when I find out that someone famous that I admire is still alive (not quite sure why? The remote possibility that I might somehow meet them? And on a side note, I will never forget how devastated my year 9 English class- and this was at a boys' school- found out that Roald Dahl was dead. It was good practice I suppose for when I have to break the news about Santa eventually to my two). I was very excited to find out that Shirley Hughes is indeed, still alive. Here are some links to articles and interviews with her, if you are interested. http://www.theguardian.com/
My next post will be a recipe for another one of my standbys- Buckwheat Banana Berry Muffins. See you then. Yum! x