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Publishers Weekly Review
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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Ages 4-7. Australian Mem Fox presents two picture-book stories that, though different from each other, have the common theme of strong family love. In Koala Lou a little koala misses the times when her mother swooped her up in a hug and declared, "Koala Lou, I DO love you!" Now, with so many brothers and sisters around, Mother is too busy to pay her that special kind of attention. Lou decides to capture her mother's favor by winning an event in the Bush Olympics. She fails, but discovers in her defeat that her mother truly loves her anyway. Night Noises is about an elderly woman named Lily Laceby, who dozes in her chair while her dog becomes ever more agitated by the series of noises he hears outside. Butch Aggie growls and barks fiercely, but the commotion turns out to be Lily's entire family come round to wish her a happy ninetieth birthday. Lofts' colored pencil drawings in Koala Lou are soft and realistic, while Denton's ink lines for Night Noises are brash and cartoonlike, with deep colors playing a prominent role. Of the two stories, Koala Lou is most likely to appeal to younger children, who especially treasure physical expressions of affection. Both titles will work for read-aloud sessions, with Night Noises, in particular, lending itself to dramatization. Neither book is a showstopper, but either one fills the bill as a sound, unpretentious story. --Denise Wilms
Horn Book Review
Fiction: PB In a gentle tale set in the Australian bush, Koala Lou wants to win the Bush Olympics. A good choice for story hour, bedtime, or reading aloud. Review, p. 757. Horn Rating: Superior, well above average. Reviewed by: mab (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
As a baby, cuddly Koala Lou is everyone's favorite, especially her mother's; but as more little koalas join the family, her mother forgets to say, ""Koala Lou, I DO love you!"" So--hoping for attention--Koala Lou trains mightily for the Bush Olympics, only to come in second. Surprisingly, this disappointment makes her wish come true; her mother is there to comfort her with the treasured words and a big hug. This satisfying reworking of a familiar and ever-important theme is appealingly illustrated--bright colors, soft-edged sculptural forms, precise detail, dozens of expressive animals. Another winning import from one of Australia's favorite authors. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.