Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.
PreS-Gr 2-A welcome collection of 20 fresh new poems about Annie Rose, her family, and friends-beloved characters who have starred in The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook (Lothrop, 1989) and other favorite titles by Hughes. The subject matter is right on target for young children-simple, everyday pleasures; humorous character studies; and flights of the imagination. Cozy English homes and tidy gardens, a nursery brimming with cuddly stuffed animals, and inviting pastoral scenes are depicted in full-and double-page paintings and vignettes with attention paid to small details. Facial expressions are particularly engaging, displaying a wide range of emotions. The rhymes have a brisk, lilting rhythm that makes them just right for sharing aloud.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Shirley Hughes fans will recognize the sibling stars of Rhymes for Annie Rose, first published in 1995. Big brother Alfie and Annie Rose present 27 poems, rhymes and lullabies, accompanied by scenes of the nursery, outdoor play and even fantasy "night flight" escapades. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.