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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781862306707
  • Imprint: Red Fox Picture Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Don't Want to Go!

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A wonderfully reassuring tale from master storyteller, Shirley Hughes

Mum is ill and Dad has to go to work, so Lily will have to go to Melanie’s house for the day. Dad says she'll have lots of fun, but there’s a problem: Lily doesn't want to go!

Join Lily as she braves Melanie's house, and realises that doing new things needn't be scary after all...

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781862306707
  • Imprint: Red Fox Picture Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Shirley Hughes

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.

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Praise for Don't Want to Go!

“Hughes is such a phenomenon - this is as good as anything she's done.”

The Observer

“Hughes takes the simplest of themes [...] and gives it universal significance. Make that woman a dame!”

The Sunday Telegraph

“Pre-school children will relate to this new story... for Hughes to produce yet another classic book is unquestionably a remarkable achievement for someone who first illustrated a children's book in 1953”

Books for Keeps

“Shirley Hughes beautifully captures the little details and small moments of an insecure toddler's life... Hughes really understands the worries and fears of small children, she knows instinctively how to step back and observe the small details.”

Niamh Sharkey, The Irish Times

“Every picture tells a story ... and what pictures they are!”

Lancashire Evening Post

“Like Alfie, Lily is set to become a big favourite with the pre-school child.”

Jack Ousbey, Carousel

“Wonderfully observed characters which will strike a chord with every family, this addresses the issues of insecurity felt by toddlers and addresses those concerns in an approachable and reassuring way. A lovely book which will deservedly become a favourite in many homes. Highly recommended.”

Parents in touch

“Famous for the much-loved Alfie stories and Dogger, this author knows exactly how a child's mind works, and not only tells each story brilliantly, but illustrates them to appeal to young minds too...if your child is reluctant to try new things, this may be the bit of reassurance they're after.”

South Wales Argus

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