So, what about the new book, Alfie’s Christmas? Could it possibly be as good as Lucy And Tom’s one? Well clever clever Shirley Hughes has managed to make it different from that beloved earlier Christmas book, but still exactly, Chrismassily, right. Alfie is a distinct character, of course, so it’s lovely to see important neighbours such as the MacNallys being included. And Annie-Rose has her own storyline. But comparing the two books also brings home that our Christmases have changed in subtle ways. The importance of family and food, the anticipation of giving and receiving presents much the same.
via Picture Book Den.