Here Comes Lolo

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Catalyst Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Niki Daly has won many awards for his work. His groundbreaking Not So Fast Songololo, winner of a US Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Among his many books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children's Africana Book Awards and Jamela's Dress was chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000. It also won both the Children's Literature Choice Award and the Parents' Choice Silver Award. Niki lives with his wife, the author and illustrator Jude Daly, in South Africa.


These books are part of a mini series for new solo readers starring young Lolo, a sparky young character who lives with her Mama and Gogo (gran) in South Africa. Both titles have four stories each being just the right length to consume in a single sitting. In the first book Lolo wins a longed-for gold star for reading, loses it, then gives it away; acquires a much-wanted, rather large hat; finds a lost engagement ring in the street; and reports a lost dog and in so-doing assists in the arrest of a thief. Along the way, helped by Niki's delightful line drawings, we discover much about Lolo's family life, her school life, her friendships and interests. In Hooray for Lolo, the friendship with best pal Lulu is threatened when Lolo thinks she hasn't been invited to her birthday party; she becomes a member of the library and chooses her first picture book which subsequently goes missing; wakes up one day with tummy ache and ends up having an operation, and finally, discovers that baby-sitting Bongi is exhausting work.Sparkly stories all, with lots of gentle humour that will win Lolo lots of friends among young readers who are sure to enjoy making the acquaintance of this enormously engaging girl. --Red Reading Hub
"The outstanding feature of this series of books is that very few books for children of this age (say 5 to 8 years) combine a highly readable tone and a feisty young character of colour." -- International Board on Books for Young People, UK
"Lolo is thoughtful and caring and she is very good at considering the feelings of others. Each book would be wonderful picks for a learning setting, encouraging conversations about emotions and friendships. The books would be great for young readers 5 and upwards, who are becoming more independent at reading and would like to make the transition from picture books to chapter books. Great reads." --Mamma Filz Book Blog
"Each Lolo book consists of four short stories, suitable for early readers moving onto chapter books. ..sweet, simple stories.. Punctuated by beautiful black and white drawings by the author" -- Children's Books Ireland
"Lolo is a fun-loving, likeable character, whose experiences and dilemmas are typical of children her age. She considers the impact her actions have on others, making this a great book to promote discussion about emotions, empathy, kindness and friendship. Ideal for newly independent readers to increase their confidence, each page is illustrated with characterful black-and-white illustrations that bring the stories to life." -- Book Trust (UK)
"Bright and cheerful Lolo is the star of the show in this new chapter-book series from South Africa. [...] Young readers will find much to enjoy in this tale of a winning little girl and her family--hooray indeed!" Kirkus Reviews
"With a simply written, graceful text and gray-scale pictures on nearly every page, these appealing stories are just right for children moving from beginning readers to chapter books." --Booklist