Alison Hubble, and other stories from primary school
Have you heard about the story of Alison Hubble, who went to bed single and woke up…double? No?
No, not something right off the sidebar of shame, it’s a book about a normal girl who keeps on doubling, by legendary children’s author Alan Ahlberg.
I was sent pretty far down memory lane by this book, because it’s one – of many – that sticks out vividly from my childhood as we acted it out for a primary school assembly (remember when school assemblies were a thing? Are they still? Guess we’ll find out soon enough).
It’s tantamount to both how good the book and the power of repetition that I still remember it *decades* later. I was Alison 2 to my best friend’s leading Alison 1.
This is an updated version that has changed, ever-so-slightly, and there’s a new set of illustrations. It’s fascinating reading it now from both an adult and parent’s perspective. How do they know who the original Alison is? Do they collectively share memories? Do all of them have souls? Is it an allegory for the disposable nature of modern life? What happens to all the Alisons?
Needless to say it’s as magical as ever, for me, and I’m thrilled that Eliza loves it and hasn’t stopped asking to read it. Are there any (many) books you vividly remember from primary school, all these years later?
It’s published by Penguin / Ladybird who sent us our copy, and more info is here.