Godwin's (Oh, Cats!) staccato narrative introduces a frisky kitten ("Meet Honey. Honey likes to play") and a drowsy dog ("Meet Happy. Happy likes to sleep"). In Happy and Honey, the kitten repeatedly attempts to rouse the dozing pooch, who finally awakens and plays with his feline friend. In the slightly cleverer second plot, Honey insists on helping Happy dig a hole to bury a bone. After Happy places the treasure in a "big hole," Honey digs a "little hole" and unearths the bone, which Happy is happy to see again. The limited vocabulary and intentional repetition may well make it easier for youngsters to recognize words but creates a certain monotonousness. As spare as the text, Chapman's (Dora's Eggs) acrylic pictures feature only the two characters on blank ground; this choice entails a limited palette and inescapable visual repetition. On the plus side, those just starting to read on their own will feel proud to be holding a volume with a trim size associated with chapter rather than picture books. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
This simple yet engaging story about two unlikely friends opens with a "conflict of interests." Happy, the big, loveable, brown and white dog, likes to sleep. Honey, a frisky, orange tabby kitten, likes to play. When the offer of a ball and then a toy fail to elicit a response from Happy, Honey tries more annoying tactics until Happy finally wakes ups. The endearing tale ends with a cute word play. Appealing illustrations clue a text that utilizes a very limited vocabulary. 2000, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster,
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A new series about two appealing animal friends. In the first book, an energetic tiger-striped cat that loves to play tries to interest Happy, a brown-and-white dog that loves to sleep, in a variety of activities. Honey offers the dog a toy, gives a kiss, and then tries to wash the pooch's tail and nose, but is ignored. Finally, Happy wakes up and runs after the cat and the two companions play together. In the second title, Honey watches Happy chew on a bone and wants to help. However, the dog does not want to share the treat. When Happy digs a big hole, Honey digs a little one. After the bone is buried, the cat retrieves it and gives it back to Happy: "Happy Happy. Happy Honey!" Both books have simple story lines, with only two or three short sentences on each two-page spread. The acrylic paintings are bright and cheerful. The clean white backgrounds help to keep readers' attention focused on the antics of the two characters and on the large-print text. Good choices for youngsters just learning to read.-Wendy S. Carroll, Montclair Cooperative School, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.