All is quiet at Alfie?s house Mum and Dad have gone out and Maureen?s baby-sitting. Then drip, drip, drip. It?s raining inside! The drip turns into a downpour and Maureen?s parents have to come round to deal with the burst pipe, but only Alfie can work out what?s worrying Annie RoseJoin Alfie in this wonderfully warm celebration of brothers and sisters (and babysitters!).
Shirley Hughes was born and grew up in West Kirby, near Liverpool. She studied at Liverpool Art School and at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator. At first she worked as an interpretive illustrator, but she began to write and design her own picture books when her children were very young. Her first book, Lucy and Tom's Day, was published in 1960. Now living in London's Notting Hill, Shirley Hughes has illustrated over two hundred children's books. She was honoured with an O. B. E. in 1999 for her outstanding contribution to children's literature and has been the recipient of the Other Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal and the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award.