Early readers – Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

Houndsley loves to canoe, but he does not like to canoe with his best friend Catina. Whenever she steps into the canoe, she starts talking and just won’t stop, while all Houndsley wants to do is paddle in silence. Meanwhile, Catina is frustrated because Houndsley is strangely reluctant to go bike riding with her. What could be wrong with the friends?

This book, while part of a series about Houndsley and Catina, is not a part of a larger Early Reader series. No contractions are used, but dialogue is present. The number of sentences per page varies from two or three to a page filled entirely with text. I would recommend it for a more accomplished beginning reader. The illustrations, done in watercolor, pencil, and collage, are sweet.

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