Author and illustrator Hughes dies at 94 | News

LONDON (AP) — British children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, best known for her popular “Alfie” series and classic “Dogger” picture book, has died, her family announced Wednesday. She was 94 years old.

Hughes died “peacefully at home after a short illness” on February 25, the family said in a statement.

“Shirley’s books on everyday family life are adored by generations of families and she is held in the highest regard by her peers,” the family statement read.

“Dogger” tells the story of a little boy who loses his stuffed dog toy. The book was first published in 1977 and millions of copies have been sold worldwide. It won the British Kate Greenaway Medal, an award for distinguished illustration in a children’s book.

Hughes illustrated some 200 children’s titles throughout his career. She was appointed a Commander of the British Empire, or CBE, in 2017 for her services to children’s literature.

Michael Morpurgo, author of the novel “War Horse,” was among many to pay tribute to Hughes on Wednesday.

“Shirley must have started the reading life of so many millions of people. That moment when you read a book like ‘Alfie’ and sit back and think ‘That was wonderful, tell me another one'”, Morpurgo wrote. “Thank you, Shirley, from all of us, children of today and children of yesterday.”

BookTrust, a UK charity dedicated to children’s literacy, awarded Hughes its first Lifetime Achievement award, in 2015. At the time, Hughes said: “I have derived so much satisfaction from my long career, first as an illustrator of other artists‘ stories and then create my own.

“Best of all has always been to meet very young children who learn to watch with such rapturous delight and visually follow a story long before they are able to read,” she said.

Hughes was married to John Vulliamy and the couple had three children.

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