Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise

Overview

Great friends think alike, as James Howe and Marie-Louise Gay bring a beguiling duo back for their second adventure.

Houndsley is sad. Not because it is raining or because there are holes in his sweater, but because he doesn't know when his birthday is. All of a sudden Catina is sad, too. But friends are very good at cheering each other up, and Houndsley and Catina are the very best of friends. So it won't be long before they each discover, in a most surprising way, how a ...

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Overview

Great friends think alike, as James Howe and Marie-Louise Gay bring a beguiling duo back for their second adventure.

Houndsley is sad. Not because it is raining or because there are holes in his sweater, but because he doesn't know when his birthday is. All of a sudden Catina is sad, too. But friends are very good at cheering each other up, and Houndsley and Catina are the very best of friends. So it won't be long before they each discover, in a most surprising way, how a first-rate friend can brighten even the saddest days.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The personable canine and feline friends continue their adventures in this early reader. Houndsley tells Catina that he is sad because he doesn't know his birth date. Worried that he has made her sad, too-she doesn't know when her birthday falls, either-he decides to surprise her with a cake. Catina is up to her own surprises, though, and arranges a birthday party for her pal. Gay's soft watercolor-and-pencil illustrations with collage details are fun and lighthearted, and scenes are filled with activity and assorted sweet-looking animals. The ratio between text and pictures will appeal to new readers.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a sweet sequel to their debut, good friends Houndsley and Catina sadly realize that they don't know when their birthdays are. Each concocts a secret remedy: Houndsley bakes a big, beautiful cake for Catina, while she knits a colorful sweater to replace his customary moth-eaten number. Their pals help get Houndsley to Catina's house and vice versa, delighted to partake in two surprise parties in one day. Gay's collaged pencil-and-watercolor illustrations depict both blustery autumn scenes-all flying leaves and unfurled umbrellas-and interiors filled with charming minutiae, from messy cook Houndsley's chocolatey footprints to brimming bookcases in both friends' homes. Using language appropriate for new readers, Howe crafts a knowing paean-filtered mainly through Houndsley's point of view-to the care and feeding of friendship. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763666392
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Houndsley and Catina Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 132,336
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe is the acclaimed author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the much-lauded BUNNICULA and its sequels. He lives in Yonkers, New York.

Marie-Louise Gay is the author-illustrator of many award-winning children's books, including RAINY DAY MAGIC. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

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