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Dorothy Edwards dreamt up My Naughty Little Sister whilst on a family holiday in 1950. Dorothy based the character on her younger sister, Phyllis, and went on to write five books about her naughty little sister with wide acclaim. Dorothy became a household name and her stories were read and loved across the globe. She became a fixture of a radio show in the 1950s called Read with Mother and she also wrote for Playschool and Jackanory. Dorothy died in 1982, aged 68. Shirley Hughes was born in 1927. After a year at Liverpool Art School studying costume design, Shirley moved on to the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford. She has written and illustrated over 50 books and sold more than eleven million copies. In both 1977 and 2004 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1984 she won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. In 1999 she was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature and in 2000 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Shirley lives in London.


K-Gr 2-Originally written in the 1950's for the BBC radio program Listen with Mother, these stories about the Naughty Little Sister were loosely based on author Dorothy Edwards's memories of her own childhood and her naughty little sister. For the 50th anniversary edition, all four collections of the Naughty Little Sister stories were published in one volume (Clarion Books, 1991). In each tale, the Naughty Little Sister always does something dreadful. In one story, she misbehaves for the photographer at his studio when he tries to take her picture, while in another she jumps on and otherwise abuses her old cot, stopping only when she gets her big girl's bed. At the end of each tale, the wise older sister sees the humor of her younger sibling's actions. British actress Jan Francis provides a charming reading, with slight vocal inflections to indicate the different characters. This collection offers a time warp back into an age of innocence and would be perfect to share with precocious little girls.-Stephanie Bange, Wilmington-Stroop Branch, Dayton Metro Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

On the 50th anniversary of My Naughty Little Sister, the Sunday Express said: 'Edwards was one of the best children's writers of the 20th century and her collaboration with illustrator Shirley Hughes was pure magic: the stories are cheeky, touching and funny.' The Scotsman said: 'Naughtiness is naughtiness, whatever the generation, and these stories are a delight.'

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