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  • Published: 5 August 1991
  • ISBN: 9780140540635
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

Koala Lou


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There was once a baby koala, so soft and round that all who saw her loved her. Her name was Koala Lou.

Koala Lou is the first born in a large family. She feels sad because her mother seems too busy to pay her any attention. Perhaps if she wins the tree-climbing at the Bush Olympics her mother might notice her again . . . Koala Lou starts her training right away!

An Australian classic by the author and illustrator of Hunwick's Egg.

  • Pub date: 5 August 1991
  • ISBN: 9780140540635
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

Mem Fox

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant.

Mem's books with Penguin include Where is the Green Sheep?, Hunwick's Egg, A Particular Cow, Where The Giant Sleeps, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, The Goblin and the Empty Chair, A Giraffe in the Bath and most recently Baby Bedtime. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Pamela Lofts

Pamela Lofts lived in Alice Springs where she developed a series of books with Aboriginal storytellers and children based on their traditional stories. She also illustrated a number of picture books, including the classic Koala Lou written by Mem Fox, and Wombat Stew. Pamela passed away on July 4 following a two year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.


Awards & Recognition

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 1999 • Picture Book

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Longlisted • 1999 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults


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