Iris And Walter And Cousin Howie


Walter's favorite cousin is coming to visit, but Iris is disappointed when Howie does not turn out to be so great, or friendly, after all.

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Walter's favorite cousin is coming to visit, but Iris is disappointed when Howie does not turn out to be so great, or friendly, after all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, the sixth tale about the two best friends, Walter's favorite cousin Howie visits, and Iris can't wait to meet him. But bossy Howie won't teach her any magic tricks. Iris is miserable until Grandpa reminds her that she and Walter are still best friends-and points out another source for learning magic tricks. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Iris and Walter are best friends. When Walter's favorite cousin, Howie, comes to visit, Iris feels certain that Howie will teach her magic tricks. Howie is not at all what she expects, however. He takes her place next to Walter, he does not teach her magic tricks, and he acts like she is nothing but in the way. The final straw comes the day Iris tracks Walter and Howie down at the fishing hole. Fortunately, Walter recognizes his cousin's shortcomings. Together he and Iris study Iris's library book on making magic tricks and they remain best friends, despite Howie. After all, "for magicians like Iris and Walter, anythng [is] possible." This sixth in the award-winning "Iris and Walter" series follows other books, including Iris and Walter, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and Iris and Walter, The Sleepover. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations give a breezy, yet warm feel to this charming chapter book. 2003, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, Ages 6 to 9.
— Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Another installment in a popular series for beginning readers. Both Iris and Walter are eagerly awaiting Walter's cousin Howie's visit. But when the boy arrives, Iris feels left out. With help from her supportive family and an apologetic Walter, she realizes that their friendship is not threatened. Walter's conflicting feelings about his cousin and his reaction to Iris are clear in his facial expressions. The anticipation of the visit presents an interesting foil to the real Howie, who is not particularly friendly. Both the story and dialogue ring true and clearly capture the characters' feelings, while Davenier's pen-and-ink drawings add just the right amount of energy. A good choice for collections in which the other titles are popular and for children looking for an easy-to-read story about friendship.-Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756970093
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Iris And Walter
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the award-winning author of the Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER is the acclaimed illustrator of the Iris and Walter books, and she received a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Award for The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson. She lives in Paris.

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