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Agapanthus Hum and the angel hoot
Cowley, Joy.
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New York : Philomel Books, [2003]

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50 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
When she loses a tooth, Agapanthus discovers that she can make an angel hoot by blowing through the hole in her smile.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 46449.
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READER. Juvenile Fiction Readers
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From the moment she lays eyes on him, Agapanthus knows that Major Bark is a champion. But can he win the Champion Dog Show? Good Little Mommy is not so sure. "Major has many breeds in him. A bit of this. A bit of that...I don't think that bitsers are allowed in the dog show." But the exuberant Agapanthus is not to be stopped. Is there a way for her bitser to win the hearts of the judges despite all the rules?This charming sequel to Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1999, will have you cheering to the very finish--for Agapanthus, for Major Bark, and for underdogs everywhere, especially the bitsers.

Author Notes

Cassia Joy Cowley is a New Zealand language and reading specialist. She was born on August 7, 1936, in Levin, New Zealand.

She has written more than 500 books for beginning readers, many of which have been honored internationally. The Cheese Trap won the AIM Children's Book Award for Best Picture Book (1996) and Red-Eyed Tree Frog won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book (1999). She has won New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards for Best Junior Fiction for Ticket to the Sky Dance (1998) and Starbright and the Dream Eater (1999). The Mouse Bride (1998) is being produced as an animated program for New Zealand television.

In 2002, Cowley was awarded the Roberta Long Medal, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham for culturally diverse children's literature. In 2004, she was awarded the A. W. Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature, and in 2010, she won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in the Fiction category. She is also a 2016 Astrid Lindgren award nominee. In 2018 she will be awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit and also shortlisted for The Hans Christian Andersen Award. She was also awarded the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for her her title Nicketty-Nacketty, Noo-Noo-Noo in 2018. She was awarded the 2018 Order of New Zealand, which recognises outstanding service to the state and people of the country.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. K^-2. The ever-endearing Agapanthus Hum returns in this easy-to-read beginning chapter book. This time, she has a dog. Major Bark isn't just any dog; he's a smart, wonderful companion of many breeds, with "a bit of this and a bit of that." But he has one bad habit--he likes to chew. Even so, Agapanthus enters him in a dog show. "He is a champion bitser," she tells the judge, who is so smitten by the dog that she awards him a prize for the smallest eyes. When an excited Agapanthus goes to show the ribbon to her parents, she discovers Major Bark enjoying himself by chewing it up. Plecas' comic illustrations add to the charm and humor of the story, which will delight children who have never met Agapanthus Hum as well as kids who already know her as a friend. --Helen Rosenberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Joy Cowley's high-voltage heroine gets a dog in Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, illus. by Jennifer Plecas. As much fun as its predecessors, this chipper chapter book does an expert job of balancing the quirky with the everyday. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This easy-reader features Agapanthus Hum as she heads to the animal shelter to find a kitten. No cat can compare to the "squeaky little dog" that steals her heart and becomes part of the family with minimal protests from "good little Mommy" and "good little Daddy." Agapanthus's parents bolster her spirits when the puppy chews and destroys what he finds on the floor, and try to discourage her from entering the mutt in a purebred dog show. However, the child and her friends have faith in Major Bark, and the show yields some surprising results. As in Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses (Philomel, 1999), Cowley's distinctive characters and use of language infuse this story with charm. With the animal asleep on her lap, she "felt as though she had swallowed the biggest smile in the world." Agapanthus conveys a wide range of feelings with an exuberance that's as heartwarming as the pup. Plecas's bright, watercolor cartoons feature lots of fuzzy ink lines and detail to capture and extend this story, and will keep beginning readers enthralled. Pair Major Bark with Biscuit, Mudge, Harry, and Martha for an all-star dog show at your school or public library.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.