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Children's Fiction Intermediate

Houndsley and Catina

by (author) James Howe

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2006
Intermediate, Friendship, Values & Virtues
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4


The subtle dance of friendship — from holding your tongue to knowing what to say — is played out in three sweetly humorous tales about an unlikely, likable pair.

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.

About the authors

James Howe's profile page

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

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Editorial Reviews

The dog and cat exude emotion and motion in modest, vintage homes and beautiful outdoor settings. This intimate look at friendship is a welcome addition to series such as Arnold Lobel’s ‘Frog and Toad.'
—School Library Journal

The lively, brisk writing is wonderfully extended in Gay’s airy watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, which keep the focus on the caring friends.

This charming trio of chapters implicitly testifies to the adage that opposites attract.
—Publishers Weekly

Pleasantly seasoned.
—Kirkus Reviews

Howe clearly has another winner with HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA

Gay’s swirling watercolor illustrations are a delight.
—The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

An animal tale both funny and wise.
—Washington Parent

Delightful . . . Marie-Louise Gay’s watercolors are sweet and cheery.
—Scholastic Parent & Child

Marie-Louise Gay’s illustrations are a joy.
—Waterbury Republican-American

The airy cartoons convey the humor of the simple narrative and the characters’ affectionate relationship.
—SLJ’s Curriculum Connections

Both friends love and support the other, and they come to the conclusion that doing what you love is important. Marie-Louise Gay’s soft watercolors…are gently humorous and endearing.
—Reading Today

A delightful and well-written introductory chapter book.
—Curled Up With A Good Kids’ Book

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