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Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time

Candlewick Sparks

James Howe, Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/31/2010)
Compact Disc (5/31/2010)
Paperback (10/13/2009)
Compact Disc (5/31/2010)


“Fully suits newly independent readers.” — Kirkus Reviews

The first snow of winter has fallen, and Houndsley is very happy, as he loves the quiet time. Catina does not like the quiet time, however, and she does not enjoy being snowed in. What about all her plans for the day? What if their evening concert has to be canceled? With a bit of pretending, a few books and board games, a flourish of creativity, and some time to dream, Houndsley helps Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the snowy day, wherever it might take them.

Candlewick Sparks are perfect for the newly independent reader:
* Award-winning stories by top authors & illustrators
* Short, engaging chapters
* Vibrant illustrations
* Welcoming design
* Rich vocabulary

Praise For Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time: Candlewick Sparks

Gentle, whimsical humor.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

These endearing characters shine in this gentle and reflective read.
—Kirkus Reviews

Delicate watercolors capture the delight of a wintry day, and Howe’s on-target portrayal of friends who get along despite bumps along the way make this special.

Read this with a beginning reader before that first beautiful and sometimes frustrating snow day.
—Chicago Tribune

A good book for a child beginning to read chapter books and has some good ideas for activities for children stuck indoors.
—San Antonio ExpressNews

Watercolor vignettes of cozy domestic interiors give way to expansive snowy vistas... third entry in a series that calls to mind the enduring friendship between Arnold Lobel’s famous Frog and Toad
—Washington Post

Gentle story…watercolor vignettes…third entry in a series that calls to mind the enduring friendship between Arnold Lobel’s famous Frog and Toad.
—Washington Post Book World

Watercolor illustrations beautifully complement the story’s peaceful mood. This book reminds kids and parents alike of the joy to be found in quietly dreaming.
—Washington Parent

Candlewick, 9780763668631, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

About the Author

James Howe is the author of the first two books about Houndsley and Catina. He has written more than seventy books for young readers, including the much-lauded BUNNICULA and its sequels. He lives in Yonkers, New York.

Marie-Louise Gay is the illustrator of HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA and its sequels, as well as the author and illustrator of many other award-winning
children’s books, including RAINY DAY MAGIC and the Stella and Sam series. She lives in Montreal.