From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—Houndsley and Catina are back in a brand-new springtime adventure. Catina's constant chatter once again ruins Houndsley's canoe trip, but he doesn't understand why she suddenly clams up after a wave rocks the boat. Catina can't understand why Houndsley doesn't want to ride his new bicycle. In the end, the two friends help one another overcome their fears. The three episodes seem disjointed at first, but the language is playful and precise and the action comes together for a satisfying conclusion. Houndsley and Catina's misunderstandings will resonate with early elementary readers. Gay's gentle cartoons, done in pen-and-ink and watercolor, sprawl across the pages while leaving plenty of white space around the text to encourage beginning readers.—Rebecca Dash, New York Public Library
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Houndsley loves to canoe on the lake—except with his best friend, Catina, who talks incessantly when they’re on the water. While Catina loves to ride her bicycle, Houndsley doesn’t. When he confesses that he doesn’t know how to ride and Catina admits that she can’t swim, each helps the other learn. Told in three short chapters, the stories are satisfying individually and even better in sequence. Bits of humor brighten the fluid text, while the lovely pencil, watercolor, and collage illustrations glow with warmth and good spirits. From the Houndsley and Catina series, an encouraging book on overcoming fears. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan