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Alfie and his mum and baby sister, Annie Rose, arrive home after shopping. While his mum struggles with the pushchair outside, Alfie rushes inside and slams the door behind him. So now Alfie's stuck INSIDE and his mum and Annie Rose are stuck OUTSIDE without a key! Soon everyone in the street is trying to help rescue Alfie - but he's got a plan of his own . . ....

Title : Alfie Gets in First
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ISBN : 9780099256052
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Alfie Gets in First Reviews

  • Jamie
    2019-06-03 06:57

    Adorable! I can very easily see a child doing this. Alfie's character will amuse the children, teach a good lessons and likely bring a fond smile to any parents face. Young Alfie want to play with his sister and mother but instead ends up locked alone in the house with them on the other side. Amusements arises as neighbors try to figure out a solution. The outcome is endearing!

  • LH Johnson
    2019-05-19 02:39

    We all know and love Alfie right? I do. He's an iconic character, created by the equally iconic Shirley Hughes, and this is one of my favourite titles starring him and his younger sister Annie Rose. But, before I talk about this, I need to segue slightly. The other day I was discussing comic books with somebody and how they were being disparaged by parents who did not approve of their children who read these books. My point there, and one which applies here as well, was that the visual literacy needed to read and appreciate comics is massive - and it all contributes towards becoming literate. It is just another, and a deceptively complicated, route towards literacy. Let me tell you about what I mean, and luckily enough there are moments in Alfie Gets In First which sum this up superbly. Consider the spreads where the locked door is placed central, down the spine of the book, indicated by the gutter between the two panels on either facing page. The verso(left) page tells the story of the increasingly active outdoor narrative, whilst the recto (right) page tells the story of Alfie, inside. What's particularly glorious is that, at the same time of these two differing visual narratives, we also have a third layer to the book - that of the text, which describes the whole of the story, quite often ignoring what is going on beneath it, therefore forcing the reader to puzzle out and see what's actually going on. And then (not only, but also) we have the treatment of time in the book, the way the verso spread is slightly ahead of the text on the recto page and then, when the impact of the text starts to hit home, we appreciate the recto imagework even more. Take a look at the moment where Alfie starts to cry, his face crumbling as he realises the predicament of his situation. It is beautifully done, capturing the small boy in the shift - the actual moment - where he starts to panic a little bit. It is all so subtle and so very cleverly handled. Picture books like this have a sort of deceptive skill about them. It's easy to put a picture on a page. It's not easy to load it with visual cues, to capture a cat mid leap out of the frame, to include incentives to turn the page, and to tell a story. It's not.Shirley Hughes is one of our national storytelling treasures. It's easy to forget sometimes that we are living in a golden age of children's literature and have been doing so for a good few years now. I genuinely think that names such as Shirley Hughes are those who flew the flag to get us here. And long may she keep on flying that flag.

  • Judith Johnson
    2019-05-21 06:59

    One of the many joys of being a grandmother is re-visiting the books you read to your child, in reading them to their child! I know my grand-daughter will love this one - the pictures and characterisation, the humour, and the identification will all tickle her! Me too!

  • Mathew
    2019-05-30 05:47

    This book is so clever in terms of how it uses the format of the book as a bridge between Alfie and his mum - very few had played around with the book as being an object that could be played around with in this way - Hughes was a trend setter. Besides, Hughes captures real-life London so well and I like how there are little stories taking place in the background....and the milkman has a brilliant hat and beard

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    2019-06-09 06:51

    Cute little story about a little boy who is in such a rush to race his mother home that he inadvertently locks his mother out of the house. The rest of the story is about the people who gather to help and Alfie who finally gets his little chair so he can reach the doorknob. Cute little book.

  • Emma
    2019-05-28 03:46

    We borrowed this from the library at about 21 months and it seemed too long. We reborrowed it at 23 months, and had to read it three times in a row, immediately. Alfie must be about 2 1/2 or 3 years old, and our kid really seems to relate to this story. He concentrates all through it and seems fascinated. I really can't say what it is, which is the mark of genius art, innit? It just works.

  • Linda
    2019-06-14 00:02

    If only these gorgeous books were more available - I would have bought a whole set for my boys when little. This, and other Alfie stories, are all about those little person moments that are so beautiful. First party. First galoshes. Little adventures. There are lots of firsts when you're so new. Highly recommend for any 2yo birthday (boy or girl).

  • Emily
    2019-05-22 06:54

    Hughes' illustrations are so detailed and really capture family life in a suburban London. I love the fuss that Alfie causes and the reaction of all his neighbours and friends.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-15 04:46

    So darn cute. Little Alfie and his baby sister Annie Rose. The illustrations make me smile and the story of one I have experienced myself.

  • Den
    2019-05-26 23:40

    Alfie and his mum have been shopping. As mum is getting more shopping from the buggy, he runs inside the house and ... the door shuts. He is upset. He can't open the door. Outside mum is trying to find someone to get inside.... then Alfie pulls himself together and fetches his chair so he can unlock the door.A cute book by Shirley Hughes.

  • Charity Reed
    2019-06-02 05:08

    This is a fantastic book about the pros and cons of independence and the joys of community. My three-year-olds love it and ask for it, and I enjoy reading it. The illustrations are clever, too.

  • Big Book Little Book
    2019-06-17 02:45

    If you would like a change from reading about dragons, aliens, princesses and other mythical beings and want to look at books that actually relate to real life then Shirley Hughes ‘Alfie’ books are just what you are looking for!Alfie is a little boy of around 5 years old and there are a few books about the things that happen to him. We also love these, in particular the one where the pipe bursts whilst the baby sitter is looking after Alfie one evening and the rain inside the house! Anyway, in this story Alfie shuts himself inside the house, and what parent can’t relate to the panic that follows this event? Alfie too, goes through a whole spectrum of emotions as he realises what he has done and it’s consequences. Many people on the street come to help and there is a real community feel to the action. It is all written with warmth and gentle humour, and I think Shirley Hughes is really good at showing the perspective of the child as well as the adult. This is complimented perfectly by the lovely illustrations, plenty of detail and colour, all obviously painstakingly hand drawn and coloured. In this story the pictures are even more clever, using the door in the middle of the double page and showing Mum, Annie Rose and the growing concern on one side of the door (one page) and Alfie, trying to work out what to do on the other (side and page!). This also means an eagle eyed observer can begin to guess what will happen a couple of pages before the text of the story reveals it to us. It is simple, yet wonderful stuff! You can get this book as part of a set and I would totally recommend getting them all. We have just been given a couple of sets as presents and in both cases the parents have made a point of letting me know how much their children ( 5 and 6 year olds) have loved them. They are also great for children who have begun to read for themselves.Verdict: These will last you and your children for a number of years, read them!!

  • Lindsey Opritza
    2019-06-17 05:43

    Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes was a very heartwarming and encouraging story. The book summed up how boys act or any kid acts at such a young age. Reading this actually made me laugh because it took me back to some memories when my brothers were young and think they were acting funny but it does a 360 and then something happens which makes them cry because they did not think of the after affect. I felt happy memories while reading this book and if i enjoyed it that much I'm sure children will as well. At a young age kids think they know what they are doing but then end up in a sticky situation because they did not look at the outcome. Such as, Alfie closing the door and then realizing he is not tall enough to open it. It took a crowd of people to help make him believe in himself when he wasn't able to. Finally he built up enough courage to go get his chair and do it. This theme just goes to show to never give up! As becoming a teacher I would highly recommend this sweet classic book to be in my classroom to always remind kids that they can do anything!

  • Shanna Gonzalez
    2019-06-14 06:05

    An entertaining story about a little boy who, racing his mother and baby sister into the house, accidentally locks them outside. A page-turner for kids and moms. One very nice aspect of the story is the sense of community that Alfie’s mother has with her neighbors: a crowd gathers in concern about helping her solve the problem, and when the door is open she invites everyone in for tea. This is unusual in our modern, insular lifestyle, and an excellent model for relating to our neighbors.It takes a gift of storytelling to tell a story about the challenges of the three-to-five age in a way that is interesting and amusing for both children and adults. Hughes’ illustrations are endearing in their detail, conveying warmth and delight, and all of the Alfie stories exemplify the security of a loving family.

  • Erin Buhr
    2019-06-11 23:49

    Shirley Hughes is one of those authors that immediately brings warm memories of my childhood. If you haven't had the opportunity to immerse yourself in her wonderful books - this is a good one with which to start. ALFIE GETS IN FIRST is the story of young Alfie who runs ahead of his Mom and sister, Annie Rose. He slams the door excited to have arrived first and gets stuck inside with Mom and Annie Rose on the other side of the door. Various friends and neighbors come to his assistance, but Alfie finds a way to solve the problem himself. Shirley Hughes is a genius at capturing the simplistic incidents of childhood. Further adding to her books are her detailed, colorful, and creative illustrations. Children will be drawn into the story with the endearing characters, inviting illustrations, and everyday accessible story.

  • Paul Farbman
    2019-05-26 02:49

    This is a very imaginative story set in England. It is about a young boy, Alfie, who accidentally looks his mom out of the house. While Alfie comes up with a plan to let her in, mom seeks help from friends and neighbors to get into her house.The illustrations are a major part of the story. In a set of two pages, you see what is going on outside of the house on one page, and what Alfie is doing inside on the other. In some places, illustrated elements are not mentioned in the narration. This allows parents to talk with their children and guess about what is going to happen next.

  • A.
    2019-06-14 08:00

    Alfie Gets in First is a delightful children's book about a little boy who hurries into the house ahead of his mother and sister and shuts the door. Unfortunately for everyone, he manages to lock himself and his mother's keys inside and can't quite figure out how to open the door again.The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and the story is one that children will enjoy and that parents will empathize with. As always, Shirley Hughes has created a wonderful book that will be a great choice for storytime.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-15 07:58

    A great book - all about Alfie getting locked in the house and the adults who try to help !I wont reveal the ending though !All the Alfie and Annie Rose (his little sister) books are lovely.She also has a series with Lucy and Tom, some of which are still in print - the Christmas one is nice.And another called Dogger about a boy who has a toy dog.All wonderful.

  • Joyce
    2019-05-28 07:01

    The premise and its playing out ring of authenticity and warmth, perhaps due to its British/European provenance.I'm going through my son's library, revisiting old friends -- and discovering some new or forgotten ones.

  • Amanda Wilson
    2019-05-29 06:48

    This book was amazing. As a mother i always find myself thinking of those kinds of situations, and how they would pay out exactly as it did in the book. Although ive never have this happen, i found myself chuckling inside because i can see this happening. but hopefully not

  • Sarah Ragan
    2019-06-11 23:50

    This book is a good book that tell's a story with the pictures and tells a story with the words. This book is a good book to show children that they are capable of doing things they might not have thought they could!

  • Chastidy Stanford
    2019-05-26 00:54

    This book was a very good source of literature for young readers. It gives the children something that is fairly easy to read and it is also entertaining. They can think of a time something like that has happened to them or simply imagine it happening to them.

  • Emkoshka
    2019-05-27 02:57

    A charming slice of suburban England as Alfie unwittingly locks his mother and sister out of the house and all the neighbours come to see how they can help. Hughes's characters are refreshingly real and ordinary.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-20 01:41

    this book keeps my little boy entertained for ages I read it all the time he loves Alfie and Anne rose x

  • Sarah
    2019-05-21 04:00

    Read as part of kid's lit course for MLIS degree. Age 3-5yrs section.

  • Robyn
    2019-05-31 07:56

    (Read with little sister as part of the "1,001 Children's Books To Read")It was tough going there for a minute, but everything turned out okay. Cute drawings.

  • Maren Prestegaard
    2019-06-10 06:39

    A seriously old classic about a boy who gets locked in the house. Anna found it interesting for a moment.

  • Ellee
    2019-06-10 05:06

    This is a sweet book - with a story that seems like it's taken from life.

  • Kathy Hale
    2019-06-17 05:46

    A picture book about a child who is trying always to be first and locks his mother out of the house. Cute twist.

  • Donna
    2019-06-07 00:52

    I love Shirley Hughes. And Alphie is a favorite of ours