My two year old loves all Alfie. Read from All About Alfie Read from All About Alfie An evening at Alfie s turns into a nightmare when a pipe busters and water pours through the ceiling The babysit and he parents turn off the water and resolve the problem.The illustrations in the book are unique with bold outlines and fine details of the water and colourful pictures of the clothes the people are wearing. Alfie is in bed trying to sleep when he hears a familiar sound He comes downstairs to tell the baby sitter it s raining on the landing As usual their friends and neighbours are here to help as they try to stop the leak. Very sweet Just a shame about the stereotyping Not bad for an Alfie story Drip drip drip a leaky pipe leads to a big problem can Alfie help patch everything upMom and Dad have gone out for the night, leaving Maureen MacNally to look after Alfie and Annie Rose Everything is quiet until water starts dripping from the ceiling With a little help from Mr and Mrs MacNally, the leak is soon under control, but only Alfie can figure out why Annie Rose is still upset Alpha is one of my favorite literary characters This book has babysitters, leaking plumbing, crying babies It s got it all. Shirley Hughes is one of those delightful authors that seems to just get children Her books are like curling up with a little piece of your childhood, especially if you were fortunate like I was to be introduced to her work as a child We are currently in the middle of a Shirley Hughes Author Study in our home and as we read a growing number of her books, this remains my favorite AN EVENING AT ALFIE S starts as a typical babysitting experience Alfie s parents go to the a party and their neigh Shirley Hughes is one of those delightful authors that seems to just get children Her books are like curling up with a little piece of your childhood, especially if you were fortunate like I was to be introduced to her work as a child We are currently in the middle of a Shirley Hughes Author Study in our home and as we read a growing number of her books, this remains my favorite AN EVENING AT ALFIE S starts as a typical babysitting experience Alfie s parents go to the a party and their neighbor, Maurine is babysitting She reads Alfie a story and puts him to bed, but he cannot fall asleep because he hears a sound coming from the hall It is a growing drip drip drip and when he goes to investigate he finds water falling from the ceiling What follows is a child sized adventure in the most perfect sense Hughes has a way of celebrating every day moments and recognizing their importance in the lives of children Her illustrations are filled with warm, engaging details my favorite is the little noah s ark play set that encourage you to look closer at each page You and your child will want to re read this again and again An evening at Alfie s tells the story of a leak and the chaos it causes when Alfie and Annie Rose s parents head out for the night and are looked after by Mrs MacNally s daughter Maureen The description of the dripping falling onto the landing was a great part of the story that the children wanted to engage with and got the children discussing the sounds they hear when they are around water The illustrations are extremely detailed and the children were eager to discuss theintricate detai An evening at Alfie s tells the story of a leak and the chaos it causes when Alfie and Annie Rose s parents head out for the night and are looked after by Mrs MacNally s daughter Maureen The description of the dripping falling onto the landing was a great part of the story that the children wanted to engage with and got the children discussing the sounds they hear when they are around water The illustrations are extremely detailed and the children were eager to discuss theintricate details of each picture Shirley Hughes is a timeless author, having grown up having her stories read to me and eventually being able to read classics from her collection myself I was thrilled when I discovered a huge collection of her books in my latest school placement Having dug out my favourite book from my personal collection I read it to the year 3 children in my setting, along with my 6 and 3 year old nephews and 2 year old niece, all the children were equally engaged with the sorts and the illustrations This shows that this book can be shared with children of all ages and also gives a good introduction to Shirley Hughes as a writer