Books by Joy Cowley

STORIES OF THE WILD WEST GANG by Joy Cowley
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Episodic enough to dip in and out, this New Zealand import charms in small bites. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ten interrelated, longish stories, originally published individually, explore the relationship between only-child Michael's family and his cousins who have moved to town. Read full book review >
THE BEDTIME TRAIN by Joy Cowley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

A tired little boy has trouble falling asleep so he calls the bedtime train—whose engineer looks remarkably like his father. Read full book review >

SNAKE AND LIZARD by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

A sensitive snake and her lovable lizard companion enjoy a warm and touching relationship, shattering the stereotypes that commonly plague their cold-blooded species. Read full book review >

CHICKEN FEATHERS by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

Channeling Dick King-Smith, Cowley offers a warmhearted tale set on a chicken farm featuring a lad with a feathered confidante that talks—though only to him. Read full book review >

MRS. WISHY-WASHY’S CHRISTMAS by Joy Cowley
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

In this latest addition to the series, Mrs. Wishy-Washy's favorite animals (a cow, a pig and a duck) are left alone with instructions to take a bath outdoors in a tub of icy water. Read full book review >

CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

In a lush companion to Red-Eyed Tree Frog (1999), a brilliant blue-and-green panther chameleon runs out of food in his tree and descends to the forest floor in search of a more populated hunting ground. Read full book review >

THE WISHING OF BIDDY MALONE by Joy Cowley
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

A nifty tale with a Gaelic lilt to its language and structure, resolved with a sweet message. Read full book review >

MRS. WISHY-WASHY’S FARM by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

When Mrs. Wishy-Washy returns to give Cow, Duck, and Pig yet another scrubbing in the old tin tub, the animals declare, "No more washing!" Read full book review >

AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE ANGEL HOOT by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Good little Mommy and good little Daddy are back with their irrepressible, growing daughter, Agapanthus Hum (Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, 1999; Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, 2001). Read full book review >

MRS. GOODSTORY by Joy Cowley
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Mrs. Goodstory and a young friend explore the world of fiction in this adventurous tale that attempts to show readers that stories can take you anywhere. Read full book review >

AGAPANTHUS HUM AND MAJOR BARK by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

Cowley's (Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, 1999) spunky, bespectacled heroine acquires a pet as unabashedly unique as she is when a trip to the local shelter results not in the intended cat, but a dog. Read full book review >

STARBRIGHT AND THE DREAM EATER by Joy Cowley
FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2000

An alien predator that strikes through dreams threatens all humanity in this contrived but suspenseful import from the versatile Cowley (Red-Eyed Tree Frog, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

THE VIDEO SHOP SPARROW by Joy Cowley
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Skateboarding on New Year's Day, sunflowers drooping over a fence hung with a holiday wreath, rooftop Santa Claus decorations—these things are not only possible but probable in New Zealand, where this story is set. Read full book review >

RED-EYED TREE FROG by Joy Cowley
Released: March 1, 1999

Bishop's spectacular photographs of the tiny red-eyed tree frog defeat an incidental text from Cowley (Singing Down the Rain, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE EYEGLASSES by Joy Cowley
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Agapanthus Hum is always in motion, a packet of energy who also happens to wear glasses, which cause her no end of trouble. Read full book review >

SINGING DOWN THE RAIN by Joy Cowley
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

The declaration ``Sweet wonder!'' ends this book—an apt assessment for an uplifting story from Cowley (The Mouse Bride, 1995, etc.) and Gilchrist (Madelia, p. 1304, etc.). Read full book review >

THE MOUSE BRIDE by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A mouse, tired of being small and weak, decides to find herself the strongest husband in the world. Read full book review >