Cover image for Honk!
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A ballet-loving swan wins acclaim when she manages to join the other dancers in a performance of Swan Lake.
Reading Level:
AD 280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 34591.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 17276 Guided reading level: L.
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Format :


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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Mimi the swan is in love with ballet, and more than anything, she wants to attend the ballet at the Opera House. When she ends up on stage as a ballerina, Mimi's antics soon rocket her to stardom as the first-ever prima ballerina!

Author Notes

Pamela Duncan Edwards was born in England. She became a school librarian when she moved to the United States with her husband and children. She eventually started writing children's books. Her works include Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Dear Tooth Fairy; McGillycuddy Could!; and The Neat Line.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8. After Mimi the swan sees ballet through a window of the Paris Opera House, nothing can stop her from practicing her plie s--or from trying to see the dancers from inside. After several unsuccessful attempts to enter through the front door, she tries the back, winds up onstage, and brings the audience, cheering wildly, to its feet. In soft-edged cartoon scenes, Cole pits his long-necked avian Pavlova against a glaring, brushy mustached house manager, joins her to the lissome corps de ballet, then leaves her perched grandly in the back of an elegant limousine, "HONK HONK" -ing to admiring fans. Young readers who appreciate the determination of this "prima swanerina" will also enjoy the pirouetting poultry in Mary Jane Auch's Peeping Beauty (1993) and Hen Lake (1995). --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Mimi the swan drives her friends to distraction with her love of ballet. Whirling around the pond en pointe, she practices every day. Then she glimpses a production of Swan Lake from her observation point on a ledge of the Paris Opera House. "They're all pretending to be me," she cries and resolves to see the production from inside the theater. Mimi tries to sneak in several times but is repeatedly sent away. When she finds the stage door and manages to "enter right" with the cygnets, she's a hit with both the theater and picture-book audiences. Notable composition, effective use of light and shadow, and the swan's-eye perspective amplify the contrast between the stuffy ballet-goers and the unaffected swan. Full-color, double-page spreads show Mimi fleeing a pompous manager with her head snagged under a gentleman's black opera cloak. Comical elongated human figures, reminiscent of the work of Audrey Wood, boost the effect. Buoyant tongue-in-cheek language ("`Great costume' whispered one of the dancers."), lively illustrations, and a winsome heroine make Honk! an irresistible choice for storytime and independent reading.-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.