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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Howe Narrator: Marie-Louise Gay Publisher: Live Oak Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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Lively, humorous storytelling and this unlikely pair's sweetly-appealing camaraderie, make these early chapter books refreshing additions to classic friendship tales.

Catina the cat wants to be a successful writer, while Houndsley the dog is a fabulous cook who dreams of winning an important cooking contest. Without realizing it, both of them seem to be focusing more on the fame and fortune their individual accomplishments might bring them.

With support from the other, they each eventually learn that doing what you love - and having the support of a caring friend -- is the true reward, in Houndsley and Catina, the first book in this delightful series.

In Houndsley and Catina & the Birthday Surprise, Houndsley worries that he has made his friend Catina sad by admitting that he doesn't know when his birthday is and reminding her that she doesn't know hers either. He attempts to cheer her up by baking her a birthday cake. Being the dear friend that she is, Catina counters with her own surprise. Together the engaging feline and canine pals once again exhibit the true meaning of friendship in this warm and humorous story. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 2/20/2014

    " This book tells the story of Houndsley and Catina in three chapters. Catina wants to be a famous writer, but Houndsley doesn't want to tell her she's not very good. He also loves cooking and gets the chance to enter a competition where things don't go quite as he expected. The 2 characters discover the one thing they are really good at is being friends. A really cute book and a great way to get younger readers into chapter books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 2/4/2014

    " Cute story between a cat and a dog who are friends...teaches great lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 2/2/2014

    " Houndsley and Catina, a dog and a cat, are best friends. Soft-spoken Houndsley loves to cook for his friends, but when he enters a cooking contest he gets nervous and his chili doesn't turn out well. Catina wants to be a famous writer, but her book isn't very good and she doesn't much like writing. In the end, Houndsley and Catina find out that doing what you love is its own reward, and that friends are better than fame any day. This chapter book is short enough to read aloud, and the illustrations are fun and interesting. Beginning readers should also enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/15/2014

    " Very good easy reader selection. James Howe (author of Bunnicula, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, etc) does a wonderful job depicting the special and natural friendship shared by Houndsley and Catina. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/31/2013

    " This is a book about friendship. After reading it my daughter started writing a book about our friendship!! It reminded me some of Frog and Toad. A simple story of friendship that makes me cheesy about my good friends. I've put the rest in this series on hold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/28/2013

    " An early chapter book about finding your passion and talents. Very well written and I've always enjoyed Marie-Loiuse Gay's illustrations in her own books and now here. We will have to read more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDean | 10/21/2013

    " Cute early reader series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 10/5/2013

    " Sweet story and adorable illustrations. I have to get the others, I think there's 3 more with these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 8/13/2013

    " Very gentle and serene--great for a sensitive early reader (or maybe one who needs to learn a little sensitivity). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 7/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this story of friendship between a cat and a dog. I thought the story offered an excellent lesson and it was equally as enjoyable to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/10/2013

    " The first in the series, but more disjointed than "Quiet Time". Still, cute characters and illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 5/4/2013

    " Very endearing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/21/2013

    " We should all do the things we are the most talented at! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/23/2013

    " This is from a series of easy readers that keep the childs attention. There are several from the author that are about Houndsley and Catina. We are fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada | 1/21/2013

    " Used this in my celebration of author James Howe at Celebrate with Stories. Wonderful celebration of friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/8/2013

    " Cute enough little story about friendship and doing things because you enjoy it, not to earn prizes or recognition. A bit heavy on the message for my taste. Love their names! Cute illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 11/9/2012

    " Super cute. Best friends, Catina and Houndsley, have a great message for everyone...find something you like to do and then become the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Rich | 8/20/2012

    " it was a very cute... i loved it it showed the great poowers of frindship and how frinds should show each other respect for each other :) and i thought it was a great book to choose for the 2009 beehive award nominees! i also loved the illustrations... it was a great book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 7/25/2012

    " I am pretty sure that I have read this book before but I just do not remember when that was. It is a sweet book about friends. It reminds me of a slightly more modern version of George and Martha. I like how human these characters are and enjoy just how sweet their stories end up being. Grades 1+ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Carr | 7/6/2012

    " I am absolutely in love with Houndsley the gentle dog and his sweet best friend Catina. These books are gentle, sweet, funny, and filled with fun lessons about friendship. Great books for either boys or girls, young or old. I am loving every one of them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 10/16/2011

    " Its an awesome book about two friends in winter. M & C "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer Schuster | 2/2/2011

    " Darling. Love the stories and the illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassi | 12/4/2010

    " great first chapter book for a 2nd or 3rd grader! about two friends, a dog and a cat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 3/22/2009

    " This is a book about friendship. After reading it my daughter started writing a book about our friendship!! It reminded me some of Frog and Toad. A simple story of friendship that makes me cheesy about my good friends. I've put the rest in this series on hold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 2/25/2009

    " Very gentle and serene--great for a sensitive early reader (or maybe one who needs to learn a little sensitivity). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/15/2009

    " I am pretty sure that I have read this book before but I just do not remember when that was. It is a sweet book about friends. It reminds me of a slightly more modern version of George and Martha. I like how human these characters are and enjoy just how sweet their stories end up being. Grades 1+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2009

    " This is a story of a cat and a dog who help each other through little bumps in the road. It's a good friendship story of doing nice things for each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/8/2009

    " Very good easy reader selection. James Howe (author of Bunnicula, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, etc) does a wonderful job depicting the special and natural friendship shared by Houndsley and Catina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 11/4/2008

    " Cute story between a cat and a dog who are friends...teaches great lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/4/2008

    " This is a lovely story about a friendship between a dog and a cat. It’s for early readers and is a chapter book (with 3 chapters.) It has some nice things to say about friendship, honesty, tact, ambition, following your heart’s desires, and simple pleasures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 9/7/2008

    " it was a very cute... i loved it it showed the great poowers of frindship and how frinds should show each other respect for each other :) and i thought it was a great book to choose for the 2009 beehive award nominees! i also loved the illustrations... it was a great book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/16/2008

    " I am absolutely in love with Houndsley the gentle dog and his sweet best friend Catina. These books are gentle, sweet, funny, and filled with fun lessons about friendship. Great books for either boys or girls, young or old. I am loving every one of them! "

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About the Author
Author James Howe

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, he published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week, an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually.