Night Noises

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

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