What’s not to love about a cute, cuddly...creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can’t seem to shake.
Adam does not like Koala. Koala is a little creepy.
Adam tries explaining this to his parents. He tries putting Koala away—far away. He tries taking Koala on a long, long walk. Nothing works. Will Adam ever be rid of Koala?
This darkly funny debut picture book from Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso celebrates imagination and bravery while addressing a universal childhood dilemma: what to do about that one stuffed animal who just won’t stop staring at you.
Koala, a limp and shaggy stuffed animal, receives dismissive treatment at the hands of a child named Adam. From the boy's perspective, "Koala is the most terrible terrible. He has terrible eyes that follow Adam everywhere he goes," and indeed Koala's glassy, mismatched eyes gaze in different directions. Adam stashes the toy throughout the house, and multiple panels picture Koala hanging out of a handbag, plopped under a couch, and shoved behind a plant. Each morning, however, Adam awakens to Koala on his pillow, startlingly "closer than close." But when Adam anxiously scans the fingery shadows on his bedroom wall, he dreads "a more terrible terrible" and grips Koala for protection. Although adult author Ferrell's (Man in the Empty Suit) reliance on one adjective echoes too-precious toddler talk, he gives a persuasive and funny account of Adam and Koala's love-hate relationship. Santoso's (Max Makes a Cake) witty, elegant pencil illustrations suggest how Adam's parents aid and abet the situation. In the end, Adam and Koala snuggle contentedly, while Adam's father restating the title nails the punch line. Ages 4 8.