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Houndsley and Catina (Candlewick Sparks

By Professor of Anthropology James Howe, Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 36 pages
Other Information: colour illustrations
Published In: USA, 07 April 2016

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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Catina (a cat) and Houndsley (you guessed it, a dog) are best friends, and they encourage each other as best friends do. Houndsley is mortified when he reads his friend's novel-in-progress, and realises that Catina has little writing talent. Then Catina encourages Houndsley to enter a cooking competition, and he's so nervous that he fouls the recipe and endures the judges' mockery. Together the friends confess that, rather than simply enjoying their activities, they secretly wanted to become famous. This early chapter book, while emphasising doing what you love, not what will bring acknowledgment, is heavy-handed. But it will still hit home with kids just learning about their own particular talents and passions, and the lively, brisk writing is wonderfully extended in Gay's airy watercolour-and-pencil illustrations, which keep the focus on the caring friends. Gillian Engberg
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About the Author

JAMES HOWE is the acclaimed author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the much-lauded BUNNICULA and its sequels. Of HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA, he says, "When my daughter was little, my favorite books to read to her were about best friends like Frog and Toad, George and Martha, and Winnie-the-Pooh and the other inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA grew out of my love for books like these and my belief that friendship is worth far more than prizes or fame." MARIE-LOUISE GAY is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books, including the Stella and Sam series. She says of this book, "When I first read HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA, I was captivated by the evocative and emotional quality of their friendship. It was a joy to create these two wonderful characters and the world they live in."

EAN: 9780763666385
ISBN: 0763666386
Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
Dimensions: 22.61 x 14.99 x 0.51 centimetres (0.07 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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