Favorite characters and companion volumes spring to the fore this season. The star of Alfie and the Birthday Surprise returns with his younger sibling in Annie Rose Is My Little Sister by Shirley Hughes. Alfie reports on all the things that he and his sister enjoy doing together (such as reading books) then points out activities best approached solo: ""Annie Rose always wants to play with my toys. She seems to like them better than her own-and that is very annoying."" But Alfie is the only one who can comfort Annie Rose when she's down.