Night Noises (Voyager Book)

by Mem Fox

Paperback, 1992



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HMH Books for Young Readers (1992), Edition: First, 32 pages


Old Lily Laceby dozes by the fire with her faithful dog at her feet as strange night noises herald a surprising awakening.

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LibraryThing member eastahlhut
Content Summary: Lily Laceby was nearly ninety and lived alone in a cottage with her dog Butch Aggie. One night she drifted off to sleep in front of the fire. Butch started barking because there were strange noises outside but Lily kept on sleeping and dreaming. Eventually the commotion got louder
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and Butch barked and barked until she finally woke up. It was her whole family at the door to surprise her for her birthday.
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LibraryThing member GillianEvans
This book is about a old woman named Lily Laceby. Lily sleeps the entire book while her dog lays under her. Many noises occur while she is sleeping but it never wakes her. As the book goes on the noises get louder and her dog starts barking but Lily never wakes up. Finally, there are loud knowcks
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on the door and the dog goes crazy, Lily finally wakes up to see all of her family and friends have come to suprise her for her birthday! I enjoyed this book. It had good pictures, and i would use it in my classroom maybe when it was someones birthday.
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LibraryThing member sbhoward321
An extremely old woman names Lily Laceby lived alone with her dog, Butch Aggie. One night, she fell asleep and Butch Aggie heard all of these noises of people outside, but Lily kept sleeping. Then, they all started banging on her door and Lily woke up and opened the door and all of her family and
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friends were there to surprise her on her 90th birthday party!
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LibraryThing member alprince
This book is about an old lady who lives with her dog. One day the old lady sat down and took a nap with her dog at her feet. The dog heard noises but the old lady just kept dreaming. The noises became louder and louder until eventually the dog began barking and when there were a lot of knocks on
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the door the old lady awoke. Much to her surprise it was her whole family and friends giving her a surprise party. She turned 90-years old. Children would love this story because they do not believe people live that long. I would use this book in first or second grade.
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LibraryThing member MelanieRoss
This book is a about an old lady named Lily Laceby who lived in a cottage in the hills with her dog named Butch Aggie, who seemed to be her only friend. One night, Lily sat down by a warm fire and soon fell asleep, along with Butch Aggie. While Lily slept soundly, Butch Aggie kept waking up to
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strange noises that seemed to be getting closer and closer to their home. Finally, because of the knocking on the door, Lily woke up. She went to the door to find her entire family yelling "surprise" and "happy birthday." She was thrilled to get to see her entire family including her two sons, three daughters, fourteen grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
I would read this book to children in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. A good time to read this is when learning the value of family. Also, it could be read when learning about different feelings, such as lonliness, because that is how Lily Laceby was portrayed in the story.
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LibraryThing member kmsmith13
I thought this book was very cute. It is about an older women who lives alone. One night she falls asleep by her fireplace and starts to dream. While she is sleeping all her friends and family arrive at her house and knock on her door. When she wakes up they are all yelling "Happy Birthday". This
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would be a great book to read to students to teach them to value their elders (such as their grandparents). It teaches how important your family is as well. I would read this book to younger elementary school students around kindergarten - first grade.
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LibraryThing member clhildreth
This book really has not point to get across to the students. However, it would be a good book to read if you needed to pass the time.
LibraryThing member Jrstoner
The story is about an older lady who lives alone with her dog. The dog begins to hear noises in the night while the lady sleeps through the noises. The noises turn out to be people showing up for a surprise birthday party for her.
LibraryThing member MandaW
A strange book kids may or may not like. It is a cute little book to read to pass the time, but no real lesson. Kids may love the colors. 3 stars.
LibraryThing member lcbelew
This book is about a little old woman who lives with her dog. One night they both fall asleep. The dog begins to hear strange noises throughout the night, but the old woman sleeps right through it. Finally, the dog jumps up and growls because he hears someone knock on the door. The woman wakes up
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when she hears her dog growling. She goes to the door, and sees her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lets them in, and they were surprising her with a 90th birthday party. This would be a good book that any student could enjoy. It is easy to comprehend, and it has a mystery to it. The students will be wondering what is making the noises throughout the whole story. It is a fun read that will keep the students on their toes.
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LibraryThing member adwirth
An old lady lives in the woods with only her dog. She falls asleep one evening with her dog at her feet. During her nap, the dog hears noises outside and starts getting excited. He growls and barks until people bang at the door and wake up the old lady. All her family and friends came to throw her
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a surprise party. This is a cute book good for K-2 because it's exciting to try to figure out what happens next.
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LibraryThing member tnt013
Old Lady Laceby lived with her dog Butch Aggie in an old cottage in the hills. After falling asleep by the fire and dreaming Lilly Laceby wakes up to a surprise!
LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
So-so read aloud-good noises. Noises sneak up to the house, everyone is closing in for a surprise birthday party for grandma.
LibraryThing member kml022
An old woman who lives with her dog falls asleep in her living room and goes into a deep state of dreaming. While she's asleep, someone is at the door. Each page the person at the door tries even more to get into the woman's house, leading the reader to believe they are attempting to break in. The
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suspense builds until the end when she finally wakes up and her entire family reveals themselves as a surprise outside of her home. This book is a great example of using literary devices in writing such as similies, personification, metaphors, etc.
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LibraryThing member Alexandra1600
Charming story of old age, celebration of life as great grandmother recollects her life and shares her memories with her granddaughter.
LibraryThing member Shar-nel
An old lady named Lily Laceby quietly sleeps in her chair. She begins to dream about her life while her dog hears noises from outside. He begins to get startled as the noises get louder and closer to the door. He barks and wakes the old lady. As lily makes her way to the door slowly to see what the
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noise is,she is surprised by her family and friends. They want to wish her happy birthday.
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LibraryThing member MelAKnee
A sleepy old woman snoozes by the fire. In her dreams, she remembers different family remembers and friends who made her life happy throughout her years.
LibraryThing member CatGoya
This picture book is about a grandmother that sleeps through "intruders". In the end she finds out the the "intruders" are her family members setting up a surprise party for her birthday!
LibraryThing member Kdd026
This is a sweet old tale of what an grandmother encounters when she hears "night noises" that are actually her family surprising her for her birthday. I loved the tenderness of this story and the different perspective it gave to children about night.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Great story, building suspense, is something awful going to happen on this windy night?  Lily Laceby's dreams are about her being younger and younger... is she maybe going back to where she came from?  If the title is Night Noises, why are the pictures so vividly colored?  Read and find out!
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 But:  Horrid illustrations, imo.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
As elderly Lily Laceby dozes by the fire, her dog, Butch Aggie, becomes alarmed by strange noises outside. Finally awakened by Butch Aggie’s growls and barks, Lily finds a lovely surprise waiting for her.
LibraryThing member HCShannon
A cute book about a 90-year-old woman on her birthday with a really cute ending




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