Introduced in 1977—the same year that Shirley Hughes won her first of two Kate Greenaway Medals—and the star of more than a dozen books, Alfie is an energetic youngster who loves meeting people and having adventures, just so long as Mum and his stuffed elephant Flumbo are nearby. This book celebrates Alfie's 30th anniversary with two stories and two poems, for youngsters 3 to 5. In the first story Alfie and his friend Bernard play together and read about airplanes, and then visit Alfie's Great-Grandma Hilary; in the second, Alfie and Mum go with her friend Helen to stay in a cottage in the woods, and unexpectedly meet an owl.
"Alfie (30 years old this year) and his friend Bernard are undimmed by time, as is his dowdy, bespectacled, adorable mum. An enchanting book to read and read."—Times (London)