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  • Published: 30 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9780143795858
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

Koala Lou

a charming picture book from the award-winning author of Where is the Green Sheep?




A beautiful collector's edition celebrating 35 years of this touching story about mothers' enduring love. A timeless Australian classic from the beloved and bestselling author of Where is the Green Sheep? and Possum Magic.

'Mem Fox's books are like a warm blanket; they have a way of making the world seem a little cosier.' The Age
A gorgeous special edition celebrating 35 years of this Australian classic by the bestselling and much-loved author of Where is the Green Sheep? and Possum Magic.
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 . . .

'A first-rate choice for bedtime, story hour, or reading aloud.' The Horn Book

'Another winner from one of Australia's favorite authors.' Kirkus Reviews
All illustrator royalties from this special edition will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help raise literacy levels and opportunities for Indigenous children living in remote and isolated areas.

  • Published: 30 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9780143795858
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

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About the authors

Mem Fox

Mem Fox has written more than 40 books for children, including the bestselling and much-loved picture books Possum Magic and Where is the Green Sheep?. Other books by Mem include Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hunwick’s Egg, Hello Baby!, A Giraffe in the Bath, Koala Lou, Baby Bedtime and Roly Poly. In 2019, The Tiny Star was released to great critical acclaim from the Australian Book Industry, and 2021 saw the release of two new picture books, Early One Morning and Cat Dog, followed by Our Dragon in 2023. Mem’s newest picture book, Meerkat Mayhem, to be published in late 2024, is another exciting collaboration from the talented and bestselling Where is the Green Sheep? team.
Mem has been presented with an array of book awards and was awarded an AM for services to the cultural life of Australia in 1993.
Mem lives in Adelaide and is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies from Flinders University, South 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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