Storytime Saturday: Alfie and His Very Best Friend

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Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Alfie and His Very Best Friend by Shirley Hughes. (published by Penguin)

I was so excited when we were contacted with the opportunity to review this book. Shirley Hughes is an iconic name in children’s books so I was really excited about this one. I have recently written a post about Erin and her best friend Noah so this was perfect for us!

Alfie and His Very Best Friend is such a wonderful book for children because it shows just how special a best friend can be.

Alfie and his best friend Bernard get up to all sorts in this book. They paint together, have scooter races and even have their very own, very secret club. I really enjoyed watching Alfie and Bernard on their adventures. It made me think back to my own childhood and also to wonder what Erin will get up to with her best friend later on in life! I hope they find fun in some of the more simple things!

The illustrations throughout are wonderful. I love how realistic they are, compared with many other picture books for children. The illustrations are so wonderfully drawn and you can tell they’re for a Shirley Hughes book immediately.

Not only is it important to learn about friendship but also about kindness to others! I know this may seem like a really simple thing but I have come across so many children who can’t be nice to others. Some children are just mean and I don’t get it. I want Erin to learn that being nice doesn’t cost anything and it doesn’t take any effort. Alfie and His Very Best Friend will really help with this once Erin is a bit older.

Alfie and His Very Best Friend is one of those books that isn’t really for a short set of ages. I am happy reading this to Erin now at 9 months old. I imagine I’ll still be reading it to her when she’s 4 or 5. Alfie and His Very Best Friend is a book to last years and years and one to be enjoyed for a long time!

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8 thoughts on “Storytime Saturday: Alfie and His Very Best Friend”

  1. The illustrations are adorable. I don’t know the author as I’ve grown up in Germany but I think the whole friendship theme is always a winner with little ones. It’s also a great conversation starter, I find. Amy can talk for England when it comes to chatting about her little friends and what they get up to at kindergarten.

  2. Looks like a gorgeous book and I really like the kindness message, it’s so important for kids to value kindness. I often read Shirley Hughes books to my girls when they were little, so I’m already a big fan of her writing.

  3. Friendship and kindness – excellent premise for a book! I am in love with the illustrations – they are lovely. I am rather ashamed to admit I have only ever read Dogger (which we love), this is inspiring me to read more of her books 🙂

  4. This sounds like such a nice book because it promotes friendship and kindness. I agree that there are so many children out there that aren’t very nice and it’s not great to see. I think this would be a great book to get my little one.

    Jordanne ||

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