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COWLEY, (Cassia) Joy 1936-

PERSONAL: Born August 7, 1936, in Levin, New Zealand; daughter of Peter (a builder) and Cassia (Gedge) Summers; married Ted Cowley, 1956 (divorced); married Malcolm Mason (an accountant and writer), 1970 (died, 1985); married Terry Coles, 1989; children: (from first marriage) Sharon, Edward, Judith, James. Education: Attended Girls' High School, Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Spinning, fishing, cooking, gardening, fishing, playing with grandchildren, "other soothing pastimes."

ADDRESSES: Home—Te Mangawa, Fish Bay, Kenepuru, R.D. 2, Picton 7372, New Zealand.

CAREER: Writer, 1967—. Pharmacist's apprentice in New Zealand, 1953-56.

AWARDS, HONORS: New Zealand Buckland Literary Award, 1970, for Man of Straw; New Zealand Literary Achievement Award, 1980; New Zealand AIM Children's Book Awards, 1982, for The Silent One, 1992, for Bow down Shadrach, and 1996, for The Cheese Trap; Children's Book of the Year awards, 1983, for The Silent One, and 1993, for Bow down Shadrach; Russell Clark Award, 1985, for The Duck in the Gun; New Zealand Commemoration Medal, 1990; Order of the British Empire, 1992, for services to children's literature; Margaret Mahy Lecture Award, 1993; Women's Suffrage Centennial Medal, 1993; Honorary Doctorate of Literature, Massey University, 1994; New Zealand Film and Television Awards, best script television drama for "Mother Tongue," 1994; named patron of the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand, 1995; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, 1999, for Red-Eyed Tree Frog; New Zealand Post Children's Junior Fiction Award, 2001, for Shadrach Girl; New Zealand Post Children's Picture Book Award for Brodie, 2002; Roberta Long Medal, 2002; Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand "Joy Cowley Picture Book Award" launched, 2003.

WRITINGS:

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

The Duck in the Gun, illustrated by Edward Sorel, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1969, illustrated by Robyn Belton, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1984.

The Silent One (for teens), illustrated by Hermann Greissle, Knopf (New York, NY), 1981.

The Terrible Taniwha of Timberditch, Oxford University Press (Auckland, New Zealand), 1982.

Old Tuatara, illustrated by Clare Bowes, Department of Education School Publications Branch (Wellington, New Zealand), 1983, published as Old Lizard, Nelson (London, England), 1985.

(With Mona Williams) Two of a Kind (stories), illustrated by Jane Amos, Blackberry Press (Upper Hutt, New Zealand), 1984.

The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate, illustrated by Jo Davies, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1984.

Salmagundi, illustrated by Philip Webb, Oxford University Press (Auckland, New Zealand), 1985.

Brith the Terrible, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

Captain Felonius, illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

The Lucky Feather, illustrated by Philip Webb, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

My Tiger (stories), illustrated by Jan van der Voo, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

The King's Pudding, illustrated by Martin Bailey, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

Mrs. Grindy's Shoes, illustrated by Val Biro, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

Turnips for Dinner, illustrated by Jan van der Voo, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986.

The Train Ride Story, illustrated by Val Biro, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1987.

Giant on the Bus, illustrated by Ian McNee, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1987.

Seventy Kilometers from Ice Cream, photographs by Winto Cleal, Department of Education School Publications Branch (Wellington, New Zealand), 1987.

Far Out, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1988.

The White Horse, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1988.

Kangaroo from Wooloomooloo, Allan Publishers, 1988.

My Bad Mood, Highgate/Price Milburn (Wellington, New Zealand), 1989.

Pawprints in the Butter: A Collection of Cats, Mallinson Rendel (Wellington, New Zealand), 1991.

Bow down, Shadrach (for teens; book 1 of "Shadrach Trilogy"), illustrated by Robyn Belton, Hodder & Stoughton (Auckland, New Zealand), 1991, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1996.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Felonius, Omnibus (Norwood, Australia), 1992.

Stolen Food: A Maori Legend, Learning Media (Wellington, New Zealand), 1993.

The Day of the Rain, Mallinson Rendel (Wellington, New Zealand), 1993.

Little Unicorn Library: The Park Street Playground, Robotwalk, Custom Book Company (Beecroft, New South Wales), 1993.

Annabel, Wright Group (Bothell, WA) 1993.

The Screaming Mean Machine, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1993.

Gladly Here I Come (for teens; book 2 of Shadrach Trilogy), Penguin (Harmondsworth, England), 1994, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1996.

Beyond the Rivers, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1994.

Song of the River, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1994.

Beep and the Telephone, Telecom New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand), 1994.

Write On! Joy Cowley's Guide for Young Authors, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1994, published as A Guide for Young Authors, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1995.

The Day of the Snow, illustrated by Bob Kerr, Mallinson Rendel (Wellington, New Zealand), 1994.

Ten Happy Elephants, Wendy Pye (British Virgin Islands), 1995.

Tulevai and the Sea, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

The Happy Hens Series (includes Babysitter Bother, Chicken Dinners, and Croack-a-roo-roo-roo), Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

The Day of the Wind, Mallinson Rendel (Wellington, New Zealand), 1995.

Sea Daughter, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

The Mouse Bride, paintings by David Christiana, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1995.

The Cheese Trap, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Nicketty-Nacketty-Noo-Noo-Noo, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Joy Cowley Answers Kids' Questions, Scholastic New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Brave Mama Puss, Reed (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Papa Puss to the Rescue, Reed (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Mabel and the Marvelous Meow, Reed (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Oscar in Danger, Reed (Auckland, New Zealand), 1995.

Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, illustrated by Joe Cepeda, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.

Snake and Lizard, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1996.

Elephant Rhymes, Scholastic (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

The Great Bamboozle, Scholastic (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

A Haunting Tale, Scholastic (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

The Hitchhikers: Stories from Joy Cowley, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.

Singing down the Rain, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1997.

The Bump, Scholastic (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

Ticket to the Sky Dance, Viking (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

Time for Bed, Little Bear, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1997.

Splishy-Sploshy, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1997.

Big Moon Tortilla, Boyd's Mill Press (Honesdale, PA), 1998.

Starbright and the Dream-Eater, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1998, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.

The Wild West Gang, HarperCollins (Auckland, New Zealand), 1998.

Big Moon Tortilla, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1998.

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1999.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1999.

The Video Shop Sparrow, Millinson Rendel (Wellington, New Zealand), 1999.

Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, Philomel (New York, NY), 1999.

Shadrach Girl (for teens; book 3 of "Shadrach trilogy"), Penguin, 2000.

Apple Banana Cherry, 2000.

Cricket's Storm, 2000.

Tabby Tiger, Taxi Driver, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 2001.

Brodie, 2001.

Eating Plums in Bed, 2001.

Pudding, 2001.

Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, Philomel Books (New York, NY), 2001.

Mrs. Goodstory, Boyd's Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2001.

Agapanthus Hum and the Angel Hoot, Philomel Books (New York, NY), 2002.

Pigeon Princess: A Modern Fantasy, 2002.

Duck Walk, 2002.

Weta, 2002.

The Sea Daughter, 2002.

Wishy-Washy Farm, Philomel Books (New York, NY), 2003.

JUVENILE READERS

Author of more than five hundred early reading books, including Fish in the Trough, A New Friend, Johnny's Guitar, The Fire-Fighters, The Meeting House, and Wendy Makes a Poi, all illustrated by Nancy Parker, Kea Press (Wellington, New Zealand), 1968, published as The Tui and Sis Books, Price Milburn (Wellington, New Zealand), 1977.

Author, with June Melser, of "Story Chest Read-Together/Story Box Reading Programme" series, including Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Smarty Pants, The Big Toe, Boo-Hoo, Grandpa Grandpa, Hairy Bear, The Hungry Giant, In a Dark Dark Wood, Lazy Mary, Obadiah!, One Cold Wet Night, Poor Old Polly, Sing a Song, Three Little Ducks, Woosh!, Yes Ma'am, The Red Rose, To Town, Dan the Flying Man, The Farm Concert, The Jigaree, Meanies, The Monster's Party, and Who Will Be My Mother?, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1980-83, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1988-90.

Author, with June Melser, of "Story Chest Books" series, including The Birthday Cake, The Dragon, A Terrible Fright, A Barrel of Gold, Clever Mr. Brown, Hungry Monster, Jack-in-the-Box, The Kick-a-Lot Shoes, The Pirates, Wet Grass, Where Is My Spider?, Yum and Yuk, Captain Bumble, Countdown, A Day in Town, The Big Tease, Cat on the Roof, The Ghost and the Sausage, Grandma's Stick, Hatupatu and the Bird-woman, Little Brother's Haircut, The Sunflower That Went FLOP, Tell-Tale, and Sun Smile, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1981-82, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1989-94.

Author, with June Melser, of "Story Chest Ready-Set-Go" series, including The Bee, The Chocolate Cake, Come with Me, Copy-Cat, Flying, I Want an Ice Cream, Little Pig, Lost, My Home, Plop!, Round and Round, Splosh, To New York, Who Lives Here?, Where Are They Going?, Who's Going to Lick the Bowl?, Horace, The Night Train, The Pumpkin, Rum-Tum Tumm, Sleeping Out, Too Big for Me, What a Mess!, and Look for Me, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1981-82, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1990.

Author, with June Melser and Margaret Mahy, of Cooking Pot, Fast and Funny, Roly Poly, Sing to the Moon, and Tiddalik, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1982.

Author of "Story Box Books" series, including The Pie Thief, The Tale of the Cook, The Trader from Currumbin, The War of the Winds, and Poor Old Robot, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1982-85.

Author of "Story Chest Ready-to-Read" series, including Number One, The Biggest Cake in the World, Fasi Sings, Fasi's Fish, Greedy Cat, Our Teacher Miss Pool, Rain Rain, Words, I'm the King of the Mountain, Rosie at the Zoo, The Wild Wet Wellington Wind, Did You Say Five?, The Smile, and Where Is Miss Pool?, Department of Education School Publications Branch (Wellington, New Zealand), 1982-87.

Author, with June Melser, of "Story Chest Get Ready Books," including The Bicycle, The Big Hill, Feet, The Ghost, Go Go Go, Houses, If You Meet a Dragon, In the Mirror, A Monster Sandwich, Mouse, Night-Time, On a Chair, Painting, The Party, The Storm, and The Tree-House, Arnold Wheaton (Leeds, England), 1983, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1990.

Author of "Sunshine Books" series, including Yuk Soup, Baby Gets Dressed, Big and Little, Buzzing Flies, Dinner! Down to Town, A Hug Is Warm, Huggles' Breakfast, Huggles Can Juggle, Huggles Goes Away, I Am a Bookworm, I Can Fly, I Can Jump, I Love My Family, Ice Cream, Little Brother, The Long Long Tail, Major Jump, My Home, My Puppy, Our Granny, Our Street, The Race, Scat! Said the Cat, Shark in a Sack, Shoo! Snap!, Uncle Buncle's House, Up in a Tree, What Is a Huggles? When Itchy Witchy Sneezes, Along Comes Jake, Bread, Come for a Swim, The Cooking Pot, Dad's Headache, Don't You Laugh at Me! The Giant's Boy, Good for You, Goodbye Lucy, I'm Bigger Than You!, Let's Have a Swim!, Little Car, The Monkey Bridge, Mr. Grump, Mr. Whisper, My Boat, My Sloppy Tiger, Noise, Nowhere and Nothing, Old Grizzly, One Thousand Currant Buns, The Poor Sore Paw, Ratty-Tatty, Red Socks and Yellow Socks, The Seed, Spider Spider, The Terrible Tiger, The Tiny Woman's Coat, Wake Up, Mum!, What Would You Like?, Where Are You Going Aja Rose?, and The Wind Blows Strong, Heinemann (London, England), 1986-87, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1986-90.

Author of "Windmill" series, including Growing, The Little Red Hen, My Little Brother, Splish Splash!, Where Can We Put an Elephant?, Where's the Egg Cup, Lucy's Sore Knee, and My Wonderful Chair, Heinemann (Auckland, New Zealand), 1986-88.

Author of "Jellybeans" series, including Don't Wake the Baby, The Kangaroo from Wooloomooloo, Lavender the Library Cat, Let's Get a Pet, The Little Brown House, The Magician's Lunch, Morning Dance, The Most Scary Ghost, Mouse Monster, The Plants of My Aunt, Ten Loopy Caterpillars, The Terrible Armadillo, The Train That Ran Away, The Yukadoos, Monster, The Amazing Popple Seed, The Bull and the Matador, Cow Up a Tree, The Difficult Day, The Gumby Shop, A Handy Dragon, The Horrible Thing with Hairy Feet, Mr. Beep, Boggity-Bog, Do-Whacky-Do, The Shoe Grabber, A Silly Old Story, A Walk with Grandpa, The Wonder-Whizz, and The Wild Woolly Child, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1988-89.

Author of "Cocky's Circle Little Books" series, including Timothy Flynn, Tom's Trousers, and When the Moon Was Blue, Advertiser Magazines (Artarmon, New South Wales), 1988-89; second series, including The Things I Like, Cow up a Tree, Do-Whacky-Do, Monster, Across the Nullarbor, The Gonna Bird, The Yellow Tractor, and The Wild Woolly Child, Murdoch Books (North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1990-95.

Author of "Literacy Links," including The Cabbage Princess, Yellow Overalls, Baba Yaga: A Traditional Russian Tale, and A Froggy Tale, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1990, 1996.

Author of "Ready to Read Books," including Hoiho's Chicks, Pukelo Morning, The Shag Goes Fishing, The Water Boatman, The New Cat, and Off Goes the Hose!, Learning Media (Wellington, New Zealand), 1991-97.

Author of "The Story Basket" series, including Who Spilled the Beans?, Wishy-Washy Day, Ballyhoo!, Cats, Cats, Cats, The Pirate Feast, and Water! Water!, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1993-95.

Author of "The Country Kids" series, including The Boomy Buzzer, Crabs, Egg Stuff, The Island, Leaves, Playhouse, Rabbit Hunt, and Running Away, Heinemann Primary (Auckland, New Zealand), 1996.

Author of "Get-Ready Books," including The Boogie-Woogie Man: A Play, Brenda's Birthday, The Bridge, Chick's Walk, Dan Gets Dressed, The Escalator, Fishing, The Gifts, and What Can Jigarees Do?, Shortland Publications (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

Author of "Ready-Set-Go Books," including Barn Dance, A Two-Part Chant, Chicken for Dinner, The Clown in the Well, I Love Chickens: A Play, My Brown Cow, My Mum and Dad, Skating, Teeth, Where Is Skunk? and Who Can See the Camel?, Shortland (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

Author of "The Wild Wests," including The Wild West Gang, More of the Wild Wests, The Wild Wests and Pong Castle, The Wild Wests and Haunted Fridge, HarperCollins (Auckland, New Zealand).

ADULT

Nest in a Falling Tree (novel), Doubleday (New York, NY), 1967.

Man of Straw (novel), Doubleday (New York, NY), 1970.

Of Men and Angels (novel), Doubleday (New York, NY), 1973.

The Mandrake Root (novel), Doubleday (New York, NY), 1976.

The Growing Season (novel), Doubleday (New York, NY), 1979.

(Editor, with Thelma France) Women Writers of New Zealand 1932-1982, Colonial (Wellington, New Zealand), 1982.

Heart Attack and Other Stories, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1985.

Aotearoa Psalms: Prayers of a New People (reflections), Catholic Supplies NZ (Wellington, New Zealand), 1989.

Whole Learning: Whole Child, Wright Group (Bothell, WA), 1994.

Joy Cowley Short Stories, HarperCollins (Auckland, New Zealand), 1996.

Psalms Down Under (reflections), Catholic Supplies NZ (Wellington, New Zealand), 1996.

The Complete Short Stories, HarperCollins (Auckland, New Zealand), 1997.

Everything 'round Us Is Praise: Extraordinary Prayers for Ordinary Days, Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, IN), 1997.

Classical Music (novel), Penguin (Auckland, New Zealand), 1999.

Holy Days (novel), Penguin (Auckland, New Zealand), 2001.

Contributor, New Zealand Short Stories, Volume 3, Oxford University Press, 1975. Stories have appeared in New Zealand literary periodicals and school readers; writer of radio scripts for New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. Several of Cowley's books have been translated into Spanish.

ADAPTATIONS: Carry Me Back, a film produced by Kiwi Film Production/New Zealand Film Commission, and shown at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, was based on a story by Cowley. Nest in a Falling Tree was adapted by Roald Dahl as the film The Night Digger, starring Patricia Neal. The Silent One has been adapted for film and aired on The Disney Channel. Many of Cowley's books have been recorded as audiotapes. Fish Bay a children's video based on Cowley's stories, directed and animated by Bob Sten-house, 2003.

SIDELIGHTS: Joy Cowley is a prolific, award-winning writer of children's picture books and early reading texts. Cowley was born into a family that did not value books, and her early experience with reading was far from pleasant. Decoding words was difficult for her, and a cruel teacher physically punished her for her slowness. And yet, when another teacher presented her with interesting reading and a positive attitude, Cowley suddenly became an avid and highly competent reader. Before long, Cowley was regularly contributing prose, verse, and drawings to the Wellington Southern Cross newspaper. Her parents were in difficult financial circumstances, and when their daughter was sixteen, they told her she would have to quit school to work full-time. The young girl's teachers responded by setting up an arrangement for her to work after school as the editor of the children's page of the local newspaper. The following year, she was offered a full-time position with the paper, but her parents refused to grant permission, feeling that journalists were not a good moral influence. Instead, Cowley was apprenticed to a pharmacist to learn a trade.

Cowley did little in the way of writing for some time after that. She married and had four children, and her writing began again only when her son Edward began having difficulties with reading, similar to those she had experienced as a child. Her first published children's book was The Duck in the Gun, about a mother duck who puts off a war by building her nest inside the General's cannon. Cowley established her reputation with her next book, The Silent One, which was aimed at an audience of older children. This story, set in the South Pacific, tells how a deaf, mute boy named Jonasi is dreaded and ostracized by superstitious islanders, because of his silence and his friendship with a rare albino turtle. Jonasi and the turtle are perceived as demons, and blamed for both a hurricane and a fatal shark attack. When Jonasi gets his chance to leave the island for a new life and an education at a school for the deaf, the life of his turtle is threatened. Jonasi jumps into the ocean to save it, and disappears forever. The Silent One was favorably received by many critics, and it earned Cowley her first AIM Children's Book Award. Virginia Haviland, writing in Horn Book, found the prose in The Silent One to be "brilliantly evocative of the physical background as well as of the emotional atmosphere." The book "has a haunting quality," asserted a critic for Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Times Educational Supplement critic Fred Urquhart declared that The Silent One "will not be forgotten easily."

As her career progressed, Cowley continued to garner praise for her books for older children and teens, as well as for the scores of picture books and readers she began producing. Reviewers frequently pointed out that her stories could draw in readers of all ages. Reviewing Salmagundi, the story of rival factory owners who turn from manufacturing weapons of war to making products for peacetime use, Marcus Crouch commented in Junior Bookshelf: "Joy Cowley's story is rich in irony as well as good jokes. . . . Don't be misled by the picture-book format. There is no upper age-limit for its appeal." Cowley has also written several adaptations of traditional folktales. The Mouse Bride tells a story found in many cultures, in which a small mouse laments her weakness and desires to marry the strongest husband in the world, thereby seemingly ensuring strong children. Her search takes her to the sun, the cloud, the wind, and finally back again to another mouse before her quest is resolved. Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey is another retelling of a traditional tale, that of the animal intended for dinner who becomes a pet instead. In Cowley's version, a New York City boy named Miguel receives a gift from his truck-driving father: a crate containing a turkey, to be fattened up for Thanksgiving. Two plot threads create suspense: the question of whether or not Miguel will be able to keep his turkey off the dinner table, and the question of whether his father will really make it home for the holiday. Carolyn Phelan praised Cowley's "distinctive, modern" story, and Selene S. Vasquez called Gracias "a heart-warming narrative that captures the boy's close-knit sense of community and family."

Cowley, who has also penned books on the education of children and on children's writing, once explained how she approaches her work for children. "Writing for young people requires a memory; more than that—before starting a book it's necessary to peel away years of adult experience like the layers of an onion, and expose a self that's of an age corresponding with character and reader. Only by being once more ten or fourteen or whatever age I'm writing for, can I evaluate the work. I can 'live' with my characters and understand them as equals."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

BOOKS

Children's Literature Review, Volume 55, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1999.

St. James Guide to Children's Writers, 5th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1999.

PERIODICALS

Best Sellers, August 15, 1967.

Booklist, May 1, 1981, Denise M. Wilms, review of The Silent One, p. 102; January 1, 1996, April Judge, review of The Mouse Bride, p. 843; September 1, 1996, Carolyn Phelan, review of Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, p. 136; November 15, 1997, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 565; October 15, 1998, review of Big Moon Tortilla, p. 426; March 15, 1999, John Peters, review of The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 1332; May 15, 1999, review of The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 1332, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 1696; December 1, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 699, review of The Video Shop Sparrow, p. 709; April 15, 2000, Sally Estes, review of Starbright and the Dream Eater, p. 1543; February 15, 2001, review of Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, p. 1143.

Book Report, November-December, 1986, Mary Lourde, review of Salmagundi, p. 54.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, June, 1981, Zena Sutherland, review of The Silent One, p. 189; November, 1995, review of The Mouse Bride, p. 87; November, 1996, Janice Del Negro, review of Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, p. 90; January, 1998, Elizabeth Burns, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 157; March, 1999, Janice M. Del Negro, review of The Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 235, review of The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 236; April, 1999, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 275; March, 2001, review of Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, p. 254.

Catholic Library World, March, 1998, review of Everything 'round Us Is Praise, p. 45.

Children's Book Review Service, October, 1996, Linda Nelson, review of Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, p. 14; December, 1997, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 37; October, 1998, review of Big Moon Tortilla, p. 20; April, 1999, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 103; June, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 121; winter, 1999, review of Nickety-Nackety Noo-Noo-Noo, p. 62.

Children's Books, June, 1986, review of Salmagundi, p. 12.

Children's Bookwatch, April, 1998, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 4; July, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 7.

Christian Science Monitor, November 6, 1969, review of The Duck in the Gun, p. 8B; August 26, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 20.

Five Owls, May, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 105.

Horn Book, June, 1981, review of The Silent One, pp. 301-302; March, 1999, Lauren Adams, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 220; January, 2000, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 45.

Horn Book Guide, spring, 1997, review of Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, p. 24; spring, 1998, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 27; fall, 1999, reviews of Big Moon Tortilla and The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 248, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 277, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 344.

Junior Bookshelf, April, 1986, review of Salmagundi, p. 60.

Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1969, review of The Duck in the Gun, p. 853; March 15, 1978, p. 321; October 1, 1981, review of The Silent One, p. 1235; October 1, 1995, review of The Mouse Bride, pp. 1425-1426; September 15, 1997, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 1455; December 1, 1998, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 1732; January 1, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 64; October 15, 1999, review of The Video Shop Sparrow, p. 1641; August 15, 2001, review of Mrs. Goodstory, p. 1209.

Landfall, May, 2000, Marion McLeod, review of Classical Music, p. 154.

Library Journal, November, 1969, review of The Duck in the Gun, p. 110; February 1, 1975, p. 310.

Magpies, March, 1996, Linnet Hunter, review of The Mouse Bride, p. 28; March, 1997, review of Nicketty-Nacketty, Noo-Noo-Noo, p. 2; May, 1997, review of Nicketty-Nacketty, Noo-Noo-Noo, p. 26; July, 1997, review of The Great Bamboozle, p. 7; November, 1997, review of A Haunting Tale, p. 5, review of Ticket to the Sky Dance, p. 6, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 7; March, 1998, Margaret Kedian, review of The Bump, pp. 7-8; July, 1998, review of The Wild West Gang, p. 8; November, 1998, review of The Wild West Gang, p. 2, review of Starbright and the Dream Eater, p. 8; March, 1999, Trevor Agnew, interview with Joy Cowley, pp. 1-5; July, 1999, review of The Video Shop Sparrow and Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 7; May, 2001, review of The Silent One, p. 7, review of Apple Banana Cherry, p. 26.

New York Times Book Review, August 13, 1967, p. 5; December 24, 1972, p. 14.

Observer Review, October 22, 1967.

Publishers Weekly, January 20, 1975, p. 65; April 3, 1978, p. 69; January 16, 1981, review of The Silent One, pp. 77, 80; September 30, 1996, p. 86; November 3, 1997, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 85; December 21, 1998, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 68; March 1, 1999, review of The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 68; November 1, 1999, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 56; January 10, 2000, review of The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 70.

Reading Teacher, October, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 149; November, 1999, review of Big Moon Tortilla, p. 242.

Reading Time, May, 1996, p. 23; August, 1998, John McKenzie, review of The Wild West Gang, p. 31; November, 1998, Jilaine Johnson, review of Star-bright and the Dream Eater, p. 32.

Riverbank Review, winter, 1999, review of Red-Eyed

Tree Frog, p. 42.

School Librarian, June, 1982, Chris Brown, review of The Silent One, p. 128.

School Library Journal, November, 1995, JoAnn Rees, review of The Mouse Bride, p. 89; December, 1996, review of Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, p. 91; April, 1997, review of Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey, p. 13; October, 1997, Lisa Falk, review of Singing down the Rain, p. 95; November 1, 1998, Roxanne Burg, review of Big Moon Tortilla, p. 7; March, 1999, review of Red-Eyed Tree Frog, p. 190; April, 1999, review of Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, p. 91; May, 1999, review of The Rusty, Trusty Tractor, p. 88; August, 1999, review of Big Moon Tortilla, p. 39; December, 1999, review of The Video Shop Sparrow, p. 90; June, 2000, Ronni Krasnow, review of Starbright and the Dream Eater, p. 142; February, 2001, Laura Scott, review of Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, p. 93; September, 2001, Karen J. Tannenbaum, review of Mrs. Goodstory, p. 186. Times Educational Supplement, August 20, 1982.

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Welcome to the World of Joy Cowley,http://www.joycowley.com/ (February, 2002).*

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Cowley, (Cassia) Joy 1936-

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