'Alfie' and 'Dogger' have always been favourites from my own childhood so to find a book with a Shirley Hughes story, illustrated by her daughter nonetheless, was a real treat. It is, as said above, a delightful book all round. The story is very gentle-there's some good moral fibre in it with good turns being repaid by good turns and equally unkind characters 'reaping what they have sown'. The illustrations are monochrome with lovely red and pink snippets. Just love the shapes and illustrations throughout. Look out for the wacky races page with different vehicles in the town driven by different animals including a bath tub with a family of seals in it. It's a nice size as well- is it my age that I like a nice book size? I don't know, but this one is one you could pop into a bag -perfect for some sunny day reading and even for some picnic inspiration!