Shirley Hughes 1927-2022

Creator of Dogger and Alfie, AOI Patron, author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, who has died aged 94.
“There’s a reason you’ll always find lots of Shirley Hughes’ books in libraries and schools,” says illustrator/author, Marion Deuchars, “children love them!

Grandma’s House of Rules – review

Grandma has a prized family heirloom that mustn’t even be approached, never mind touched – how will the boy cope with this rule? In a tale about coping with responsibilities and finding surprising solutions to problems, our young hero discovers his Grandma is not quite what she seems.

Indigo Takes Flight – review

Indigo Takes Flight is a great short story, says reviewer Louise Date, and one that is a thought-provoking tool for discussing change, difference and how to accept the people we see in the mirror.

In Her Element – review

This story’s narrative speaks volumes in very few pages, and is in a flowing cadence that will allow children to follow the story through its tricky storyline and challenging themes not often given coverage in children’s books: disability, bullying, acceptance, and a childhood unlike others. Review by Louise Date.

Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy, the children’s author and illustrator, known for the picture books The Large Family and Peace at Last, which was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal, has died at the age of 72.

Mistaken For A Bear – review

This book shows the consequences of the British Empire at work within the class system, the collecting of ‘specimens’ from across the globe and the fact that London has always been a cosmopolitan city devoted to the amassing of capital.