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AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE ANGEL HOOT by Joy Cowley

AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE ANGEL HOOT

By Joy Cowley (Author) , Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-399-23344-X
Publisher: Philomel

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). She has finally lost her first tooth and that wonderful gap between her remaining teeth allows her to make a wild, whistling noise. Her parents call it an Angel Hoot and even her dog, Major Bark, gets into the celebration by howling along every time he hears the sound. Soon, canine and human have their own little hoot-and-howl vaudeville act for Agapanthus’s class at school. Cowley’s genius with new readers is that she knows her audience. Loose teeth, growing up, friendships, animals, and school are all topics that fascinate young children. They long to be as joyous as Agapanthus, so they enjoy her exuberance, even when it goes over the top. Her teacher, Miss Ryan, good little Mommy, and good little Daddy are the perfect adults: they nod, they repair life’s little accidents, they smile and wink, and mostly they stay blessedly out of the way. Plecas’s light, colorful illustrations are the ideal foil for Cowley’s world, with the heroine jumping right out of the background frames in her celebration of life. Major Bark comes into his own in the latest installment. He could very well join Gloria, of Officer Buckle fame, on the stage as he rolls on the floor and howls along with his beloved friend. A howling success. (Easy reader. 5-8)