By Mem Fox
Illustrated by Terry Denton
Published by Gulliver Books, 1989
This book is about an old lady named Lily who is slumbering in her chair. While she is sleeping, the dog starts hearing noises outside and reacts to them. Finally, the noise is so loud and the barking so abrasive that Lily finally wakes up, opens the door, and sees her ENTIRE family outside, coming to celebrate her 90th birthday.
This book brings up the concept of suspense for young readers in a safe and cheerful way. What is making the noises? Will Lily wake up before it’s too late?
Awards: Redbook Children’s Picturebook Award
Accessed: Augusta County Library