Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie

Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie

By Elissa Haden Guest; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)

Harcourt Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780152056568, 44pp.

Publication Date: August 2006

Walter is so excited that his favorite cousin, Howie, is coming to visit. He is sure that Iris will like Howie as much as he does. But nine-year-old Howie has big plans . . . and "none "of them include Iris.

About the Author
Elissa Haden Guest has written ten books about Iris and Walter. She lives in San Francisco, California. Visit her website at

As a young girl growing up in Tours, France, Christine Davenier loved listening to her older sister read fairy tales aloud. But she frequently found herself wondering, "What does the princess's beautiful dress look like? "or "How exquisite are her jewels? "Christine was left to her own imagination, for the books had few illustrations. So it comes as little surprise that today, Christine embraces her career as an illustrator. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to create the illustrations I dreamed about seeing as a child," she says.

When Christine was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother. That was the beginning of many afternoons spent painting together in her grandmother's garden. "My grandmother was an extraordinary woman," Christine says. "Even though she worked in an office all her life, she was an artist through and through. She shared everything she knew about color--in painting and in life. Her wisdom and talent still inspire me today."

She has illustrated many picture books, including "Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen" by Cari Best. She lives in Paris, France.

Praise For Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie

Praise for books in the Iris and Walter series:
Splendid . . . Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship, and bask in the reassuring love and support they receive from their families."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves."--The Bulletin