Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster (Houndsley and Catina)

by James Howe (Author) Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)

Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster (Houndsley and Catina)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Does Catina like Houndsley's larger-than-life cousin more than she likes him? The charming friends return in this relatable tale.

When his cousin Wagster comes for a visit, Houndsley is excited. Wagster is all adventure and enthusiasm and razzle-dazzle, and all his friends love him. Even Catina thinks Wagster is fun and good at everything, and pretty soon Houndsley is starting to feel a little bit invisible. But Houndsley and Catina are best friends, and certainly Cousin Wagster won't change that -- right? James Howe and Marie-Louise Gay have created a tender and funny story about some of the ways that friendships can change, and how they also stay exactly the same.
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Kirkus Reviews

"Gay's watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations enrich the story with muted colors and repeated patterns. She excels at capturing small details and telling little stories within the larger one--a wonderful treat for this sparse text. As sweet as Houndsley's key-lime pie with whipped cream. More, please."

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--Houndsley and Catina are back for another adventure when cousin Wagster comes to visit. Unlike Houndsley, who is a rather quiet dog, his cousin Wagster is loud and full of stories and also seems to be good at everything. As Houndsley, Wagster, and Catina cook dinner, play Ping-Pong, and go on a picnic, Houndsley finds the fact that charming Wagster is good at everything a little disheartening. When Houndsley and Catina get some time away, Houndsley must find a way to tell Catina how he has been feeling a bit neglected and is worried about their friendship. Of course, Catina is sensitive to how Houndsley is feeling and reassures him that they are the very best of friends and nothing will change that. With three short chapters, this is a great book to transition independent readers from picture books to something a little more challenging. Even though it is on the longer side, this entry is still very engaging. Gay's delightful artwork, done in watercolor and pencil, adds a playful quality to the story and don't overwhelm the page, leaving plenty of space for the paragraphs of text. VERDICT Add this wonderful transitional book for newly independent readers to most collections.--Jayna Ramsey, Douglas County Libraries in Parker, CO

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Review quotes

Hooray! Houndsley and Catina are back again at last! It's been far too long. I adore the style and sensibility of these books. And was there ever a more perfect pairing, tone-wise, than Howe and Gay? In this latest episode we meet Houndsley's incredibly outgoing cousin. Few things could be better.
—A Fuse #8 Production (blog)
James Howe
James Howe is the author of many books for children, including the Bunnicula series and the Misfits series. He is also the author of the Houndsley and Catina books, as well as Otter and Odder, illustrated by Chris Raschka; Brontorina, illustrated by Randy Cecil; and Big Bob, Little Bob, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson. James Howe lives outside of New York City.

Randy Cecil is the author and illustrator of the picture books Douglas and Lucy, and has illustrated many books for children, including Brontorina by James Howe, And Here's to You! by David Elliott, and Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root. He is also the author-illustrator of Gator and Duck. Randy Cecil lives in Houston.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
September 20, 2018
Houndsley and Catina
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV044000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Intermediate
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