Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses

Joy Cowley, Author, Jennifer Plecas, Author, Jennifer Plecas, Illustrator Philomel Books $14.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-399-23211-4
Agapanthus Hum, the altogether winning heroine of Cowley's (Mrs. Wishy Washy) spunky chapter book, has an exuberance befitting her name: ""she was called Hum because she was such a whizzer, humming and whizzing like a button on a string."" Her rushing, twirling and cartwheeling, however, sometimes results in minor accidents and often spells trouble for her eyeglasses, which fall off and get bent and twisted. Though they warn her to be cautious, Agapanthus's parents encourage their daughter's acrobatics and also treat her to a trip to the circus, where Agapanthus is in awe of the trapeze artist (""I am going to do that,"" she announces). Cowley's tale features playful language, characters that have their quirks yet stay believable, and a fun-to-read pace that is sure to keep beginning readers entertained as well as a bit challenged. Plecas (Rattlebone Rock) plays up the text's sweet-natured humor with her springy-limbed heroine, who indeed looks as if she can barely contain her energy; and with the introduction of a busy little dog, a constant companion that is Agapanthus's equal when it comes to childlike glee. Ages 5-8. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/04/1999
Release date: 01/01/1999
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