Catina wants to be a famous writer. Houndsley is an excellent cook. Catina thinks Houndsley is a wonder. Read more...
Catina wants to be a famous writer. Houndsley is an excellent cook. Catina thinks Houndsley is a wonder. Houndsley thinks Catina is a very good friend. So what should Houndsley say about Catina's seventy-four-chapter memoir? And can Catina find the right words of comfort for Houndsley after the big cooking contest fiasco? James Howe's funny and endearing world of ginger tea, no-bean chili, and firefly watching is brought to life in cozy watercolors by Marie-Louise Gay in this tender chapter book about what it means to be friends.
Unlikely buddies share lessons learned
Buddy books are a staple on the shelves of any first- and second-grade classroom: George and Martha, Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad. Now James Howe, author of the hilarious Bunnicula books, brings us a memorable new tandem: a sweet dog and cat pair known as Houndsley and Catina. Three linked short stories make up this delightful new offering.
"Catina wanted to be a writer." Yes, she did. Armed with a cup of ginger tea, a pencil and lots of paper, each evening she writes another chapter of her book. She is up to Chapter 73 in Life Through the Eyes of a Cat, and she just knows she is going to be a famous writer and win lots of awards. But when best friend Houndsley the dog asks to read the book, he hardly knows what to say. So he says simply, "I am speechless."
And what about Houndsley? He likes to cook, even for a vegetarian like Catina. And when competitive Catina convinces him to enter a cooking contest, he decides he might just need the new pots and pans that are the prize. But, when he gets there and discovers an audience and, gasp, TV cameras, he has second thoughts and his nervousness gets the best of him.
Gently, so gently, while watching fireflies, Houndsley and Catina reflect on their talents together and come to the same conclusion: they do not have to be the best or win prizes to enjoy their hobbies. They can just be friends. A gentle message, delivered at just the right pitch.
To create the book, Howe teamed up with artist Marie- Louise Gay, whose sunny watercolor, collage and pencil illustrations bring more energy to the light, humorous text. Gay's depiction of the spiky-haired Catina and the mellow, oval-faced Houndsley add to the book's charm.
Howe clearly has another winner with Houndsley and Catina, the first entry in a new series.