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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152000763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152000769
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fox's two new books join Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge as perfect examples of why the Australian writer has become one of today's top authors of children's books. Koala Lou is loved by everyone, but it is her mother who loves her most of all. She often tells her daughter, "Koala Lou, I DO love you." As the family grows and her mother gets busier, Koala Lou yearns to hear those words again. She sets out to win the Bush Olympics as a way to gain her mother's attention. Lofts's colored-pencil drawings portray the Australian flora and fauna beautifully, including a few of the more exotic species. In Night Noises , elderly Lilly Laceby lives with her fat old dog Butch Aggie. While Lily dozes in front of the fire, Butch Aggie becomes increasingly concerned by the sounds of cars, voices, knocking and shouts. At last, Lily finally wakes up to answer the door, where a veritable mob waits to wish her a happy 90th birthday. Denton uses cartoon balloons and large letters to show the simultaneous action. Both of Fox's books send out positive messages to children about the wonders of being human: Koala Lou celebrates the eternal love of a mother for her child without the sentimentality of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever , and Night Noises lovingly bridges the generation gap. Ages 3-6.
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Fox's two new books join Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge as perfect examples of why the Australian writer has become one of today's top authors of children's books. Koala Lou is loved by everyone, but it is her mother who loves her most of all. She often tells her daughter, "Koala Lou, I DO love you." As the family grows and her mother gets busier, Koala Lou yearns to hear those words again. She sets out to win the Bush Olympics as a way to gain her mother's attention. Lofts's colored-pencil drawings portray the Australian flora and fauna beautifully, including a few of the more exotic species. In Night Noises , elderly Lilly Laceby lives with her fat old dog Butch Aggie. While Lily dozes in front of the fire, Butch Aggie becomes increasingly concerned by the sounds of cars, voices, knocking and shouts. At last, Lily finally wakes up to answer the door, where a veritable mob waits to wish her a happy 90th birthday. Denton uses cartoon balloons and large letters to show the simultaneous action. Both of Fox's books send out positive messages to children about the wonders of being human: Koala Lou celebrates the eternal love of a mother for her child without the sentimentality of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever , and Night Noises lovingly bridges the generation gap. Ages 3-6. (Publishers Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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What a wonderful, wonderful story, and beautiful ending!
C.S.
The book expresses so much love that a parent gives to a child and reminds us not to forget to express our love verbally.
Kelly D. Chavez
Read it to our 5 year old granddaughter and she loves it too!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is about a Koala named Koala Lou who thinks her mother does not love her anymore. So Koala Lou goes gum-tree climbing in the Bush Olympics to get her mother's attention. This book taught me that no matter what you do, your mother will always love you!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Koala Lou entered the Bush Olympics Gum Tree Climbing event because her mother stopped saying, "Koala Lou, I do love you." Koala Lou won 2nd place and thought her mother wouldn't love her anymore. However, her mom said she would always love her no matter what.
Almost all the students in our 1st grade class loved this book! We learned that our parents love us no matter what.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C.S. on November 19, 2003
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I know a childrens book shouldn't make you cry, but I was actually crying in the end! What a wonderful, wonderful story, and beautiful ending! Lovely story about hard work to obtain a goal, but also that our children don't have to do ANYTHING to earn our love - we love them no matter what. Highly recommend this little book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Koala Lou is about a young Koala by the name of Koala Lou whose mother gave birth to many other Koalas. Koala Lou could not help but get jealous that her mother was not paying a lot of attention to her. One day Koala Lou got news of an upcoming race. Koala Lou signed up for the race and started training right away. Koala Lou trained from morning to night every day and was confident she could win. It was finally the day of the race and Koala Lou was so thrilled to see her brothers and sister's but most importantly her mother in the first row. She was so confident that she could go home with a blue ribbon. However when the best koala racer came to the starting line Koala Lou didn't feel so confident. She worked so hard during the race but did not finish fast enough. Koala Lou raced home in tears but then her mom came home and gave her a kiss and a hug witch was better then any prize! Koala Lou's mother said "Koala Lou I do love you."
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kelly D. Chavez on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After hearing this story read to my daughters kindergarten class I knew that we had to have it. My daughters and I read the book at least once a week and have given it as gifts to many friends. The book expresses so much love that a parent gives to a child and reminds us not to forget to express our love verbally.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L.C. on April 19, 2006
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Have you ever felt like your parents loved your brothers and sisters more than they loved you? Did Dad spoil your siblings, but not you? Did mom spend more time with them than with you? If so, you're not alone.

"Koala Lou" is the story of a young koala by the same name. Everyday her mother looks at her and says, "Koala Lou, I DO love you!" However, after Koala Lou's mother gave birth to other koalas, she became too busy to express her feelings for her oldest child. Thus, Koala Lou joins the Bush Olympics, hoping to not only win first place, but her mother's affections as well.

Like others who are not the only child in the family, Koala Lou's feelings mirrored my own. Before my baby brother was born, I was the center of attention. My parents always attended to my every need, whether it was something as basic as food or something as random as my sudden impulses to go to the park and play on the swings. My parents provided me with whatever I wanted. But most importantly, they paid a lot of attention to me. Yes, I was a spoiled little girl. That all changed when my baby brother was born. At first, I felt happy and excited about having a new family member. He was so cute with his chubby cheeks and tiny toes. How could I not love him? But then I realized that he was stealing the limelight away from me. No longer did relatives come over to tell me how adorable I was wearing my dress and bow in my hair. Instead, they lavished their attention on my brother. It didn't take long for me to feel left out as my parents followed suit and made my little brother the center of their world. Or at least it seemed that way. Now that I am older, I know that they were merely trying to raise him like they had raised me- providing him whatever he needed no matter what.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
Miss Rosengard's first graders at Peirce School in Newton, Massachusetts, LOVE all of Mem Fox's books. This is our very favorite!! We always tell each other, "I love you, I really DO!!" We also accept being in second place. We wish Mem Fox could visit us!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hedera Femme VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
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This is a lovely book for young readers, not only because the story and pictures are sweet, simple, and engaging, but because it is important that children feel loved and not mistake fewer reassurances from the mother for lack of affection. This is an especially great book for children who are about to lose that valued only-child status--Lou's feelings are common among children with new siblings. It is not challenging or particularly rousing as far as stories go, but then I do not think that is its intent. It creates a warm sense of comfort and peace.
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